Current Ongoing Series: Lojong
Seven-Point Mind Training
Point 1, Slogan 1: Train first in the preliminaries [death and impermanence]
In this seven-part series, Khenmo Drolma gives an introduction to Tonglen based on Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche’s Text, “Samsara and Nirvana: Two Sides of the Same Hand.”
We think our enemy is outside of us, but it is our reactive mind that causes us the most pain. Our true “enemy,” the arising of anger and confusion, is also the source of our wisdom.
Women in Buddhism
Vajra Dakini Nunnery hosts celebrations of Buddha’s special relationship with his mother and aunt–who was one of the great teachers in the Sangha–and of the wisdom of the early nuns.
Strong Emotions (Audio)
Women in Buddhism (Audio)
Khenmo Drolma gives an overview of the historic contributions to Buddhism by outstanding women and the philosophical role of the “feminine.”
Khenmo Drolma teaches the Drikung Loving Kindness practice from Lord Jigten Sumgön (Part 1). What is Bodhicitta and how does one access the feeling of loving kindness within oneself?
Instructions on Meditating (Audio)
Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche gives comprehensive instructions on meditation.
Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (Audio)
A ten-part (audio only) course explores Shantideva’s classic “The Way of the Bodhisattva.” Each class covers one chapter. We are using the text “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” translated by the Padmakara team and published by Shambhala.
Khenmo Drolma has studied this text many times–at the Gampo Abbey Shedra with Pema Chödrön and Karl Brunnholzl, at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archive with Geshe Sonam Rinchen, and individual chapters and verses with many teachers.
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The talks are on individual chapters. Click on the title to access the audio.
- The Excellence of Bodhicitta: Khenmo introduces the text and, with the exquisite poetry of Shantideva, the significance of developing a kind open compassionate heart.
- Offerings and Confession: Includes the perfection of offering and transparency with oneself.
- Taking Hold of Bodhicitta: The bodhisattva commitment of fearless compassion until all beings are released from suffering.
- Mindful Awareness: Khenmo contemplates Nelson Mandela’s life and uses his quotes to illustrate the practical application of Shantideva’s wisdom.
- Mindfulness and Vigilance: The importance of maintaining inner awareness and how to put it into practice in daily life.
- Patience: Using our hardest moments to heal our wounds, come to forgive our enemies, and handle our own extreme emotions. Khenmo uses Martin Luther King and his writings as an example of Bodhisattva activity.
- Diligence: How to increase our capacity to benefit others. This class will focus on the meaning of mastery and the joy of practice propelling our efforts.
- Meditative Concentration: The most profound and detailed instructions for compassion training in relative bodhicitta ever written.
- Concentration part two and Dedication Chapter: Classic trainings in compassion of equalizing self and others and exchanging self and others–instructions that have been used in every text ever since.
- Wisdom: Khenpo Choephel introduces the wisdom of relative and absolute bodhicitta.
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