All Lamas As Padmasambhava

All Lamas As Padmasambhava

One early spring evening in the Water Pig year (1923), Tertön Sogyal met Guru Padmasambhava in a vision. Sometimes his visions were mixed with dream-like states, so that he had to be diligent in assessing the validity of the visions. On this occasion, he believed...
Mantrayana

Mantrayana

Etymologically, the term “Mantrayana” may be explained as follows. In Sanskrit, “mantra” is a conflation of the elements “manas,” which means “mind,” and “traya,” which means “to protect.” In...
Like A Log You Should Remain

Like A Log You Should Remain

48. When the urge arises in your mind To feelings of desire or angry hate, Do not act! Be silent, do not speak! And like a log of wood be sure to stay.   49. And when your mind is wild or filled with mockery, Or filled with pride and haughty arrogance, Or when...
Compassion is a Sore Spot

Compassion is a Sore Spot

Compassion is based on some sense of “soft spot” in us. It is as if we had a pimple on our body that was very sore—so sore that we do not want to rub it or scratch it. During our shower we do not want to rub too much soap over it because it hurts....
Karmic Law: Traleg Kyabgon

Karmic Law: Traleg Kyabgon

Western Buddhists sometimes talk about a karmic cosmic law as if it meant that we were somehow preprogrammed. That is not the Buddhist view, for even though Buddhism teaches that our past karma affects our present state, this does not necessarily mean that our karma...