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Jun 18
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Supplication to Padmasambhava 2

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Continuing our look at a supplication chant to Guru Rinpoche

by Russell Rodgers

O Jetsün Guru Rinpoche,
Refuge of all beings in the three realms, Consider your vow.
Dispel outer, inner and secret obstacles.

Jetsün is an honorific term for especially revered gurus. The three realms refer to the realm in which we live, and the form and formless god realms. These latter two are accessed in some meditation experiences, but are regarded as not being particularly spiritually relevant to our path.

Outer obstacles are obstacles in the environment, such as not having enough money to attend a dharma program. Inner obstacles refer to the physical sicknesses and conflicting emotions that happen in one’s own person. Secret obstacles have to do with the loss of one’s awareness of sacred outlook. When this loss happens, one can fall into confused projections of self and other, friend and enemy, good and bad. Continue…

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The Protector Ritual

The Protector Ritual – HIGHLIGHT

A long-time student ruminates on the practice of protector chants in Shambhala ritual by Russell Rodgers The protector chants have been causing controversy at centres since Trungpa Rinpoche first asked us to start doing them over thirty years ago. Periodically, members argue over whether or not it is ... continue
Posted August 18, 2016 by CGH
Supplicating the Shambhala Lineage

Supplicating the Shambhala Lineage – HIGHLIGHT

An explication of the chant known as the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage by Russell Rodgers In this chant, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche acknowledges the sources of the Shambhala Lineage. There were four main lineages in Tibet: the Gelugpa (the Dalai Lama’s lineage), the Sakya, the Kagyu and the ... continue
Posted August 16, 2016 by CGH
Everyday Mindfulness

Everyday Mindfulness – HIGHLIGHT

Ten practices for developing mindfulness in the midst of our everyday activities by Jennifer Wang Mindfulness and meditation go together like muscles and strength-training. Mindfulness is an attribute we exercise during meditation, and meditation is a practice (I believe the best practice) to cultivate mindfulness. However the rubber ... continue
Posted June 27, 2016 by CGH
Investigation of the Dedication

Investigation of the Dedication – HIGHLIGHT

Taking a closer look at one of our most familiar chants, the Shambhala Dedication of Merit By Russell Rodgers Mural depicting one of the Rigden Kings By the confidence of the golden sun of the great east, May the lotus garden of the Rigden’s wisdom bloom. May the dark ignorance of ... continue
Posted February 28, 2016 by CGH
Think About It; Beliefs Matter

Think About It; Beliefs Matter – HIGHLIGHT

A reflection on how our beliefs influence our behavior, our communities, and our ability to live in ways that reflect basic goodness. by Shastri Christine Heming Recently, as I was preparing to teach about the power of kindness, I found myself re-reading many of my most revered books, ... continue
Posted February 26, 2016 by CGH
Sakyong Gives Talk at Gongter

Sakyong Gives Talk at Gongter – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Addresses Western Students at the Gongter Near the end of the Gongter, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche gave an evening talk to the Westerners and English-speaking Tibetans attending the empowerments. About two hundred people attended the event, which was followed by a blessing line where everyone ... continue
Posted November 16, 2015 by CGH
Taking Refuge

Taking Refuge – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche The Tibetan word for refuge is chup, “to be protected by.” Every day we wake up and tacitly take refuge in something that we think will offer us security and protection. Most of the time we put our poker chip on the ... continue
Posted October 28, 2015 by Dan
Meditation and the Truth of Suffering

Meditation and the Truth of Suffering – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche The path of meditation isn’t necessarily about becoming a Buddhist. It’s about awakening to who we already are: buddha—“awakened one” in Sanskrit. Through the practice of meditation, the Buddha overcame bewilderment and suffering and awoke to the truth of reality, which is ... continue
Posted September 14, 2015 by Dan
Windhorse

Windhorse – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche During hard times, people often ask me for advice. They feel destabilized and scattered. They’re often caught up in examining who they are, what the world is, and how they fit in. They’re questioning their understanding of buddhadharma, as well as their ... continue
Posted August 17, 2015 by Dan
Meditation

Meditation – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche We sometimes forget how the Buddhist teachings came into being. We forget why the Buddha left his father’s palace. Dissatisfied with maintaining an illusion, he wanted to understand his life—and life itself. Just like the Buddha, most of us also would like ... continue
Posted July 20, 2015 by Dan
Educating the Sky

Educating the Sky – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Acharya Noel McLellan originally published on broken leaf Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote a text on how to educate a prince, someone who would grow up to be a wise, compassionate, skilful, and joyous leader. The text states that the prince’s education should occur in an environment ... continue
Posted July 10, 2015 by
The Field of Stillness

The Field of Stillness – HIGHLIGHT

Photo courtesy of Jennifer HolderCOLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Roger Guest There are many ways to ground ourselves in presence. We might walk slowly and mindfully, meditate on the breath, focus on sensations within the body or place our attention on an object in the environment. Some might be ... continue
Posted June 15, 2015 by Dan
The Practice of Peaceful Abiding

The Practice of Peaceful Abiding – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Preparing to Practice Taming our mind through shamatha meditation, or “peaceful abiding,” is the most important thing we can do. Through peaceful abiding, we learn to rest fearlessly in our natural state, which is basic goodness. We experience basic goodness when we relax ... continue
Posted June 8, 2015 by Dan
Prometheus’ Chains: The Myth of Shenpa

Prometheus’ Chains: The Myth of Shenpa – HIGHLIGHT

PrometheusCOLUMN: Dharma Teachings article by Crystal Gandrud All myths evolve in the light of intelligence and imagination (also known as basic goodness). We conceive of what conceives us in an eternal wish to know where we came from and why. The stories we tell are powerful for one ... continue
Posted June 3, 2015 by
The Dance of Fear

The Dance of Fear – HIGHLIGHT

miksang image by Charles BlackhallCOLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Roger Guest To be a warrior means to live a life without pretense. In simple terms, this requires an intimacy with reality that leaves no room for self-deception. Once, while giving a talk to a group of about thirty people, I ... continue
Posted May 15, 2015 by Dan

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