Episodes
H.H. Sakya Trizin helps guide us to be good buddhists.
Published 05/09/14
Published 05/09/14
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya is a direct descendant of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, founder of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. Learn about the origins of this distinguished family lineage, known for their three excellent names and their divine ancestors. Included in their history is a royal minister, some of the first Tibetan monks, a noted translator during the royal period, and disciples of Padmasambhava. They took up the new tantras while retaining a few Nyingma tantras. Upsaka Jeff...
Published 12/09/13
Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche gives an introduction to the Sakya view, which is the inseparability of Samsara and Nirvana. This will be done through helping us understand how to practice the path with its fruit (Lamdre). He introduces us to how the Buddhadharma is taught in the unexcelled Sakya tradition. Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye.
Published 11/24/13
His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya is a direct descendant of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, founder of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. Learn about the origins of this distinguished family lineage, known for their three excellent names and their divine ancestors. Included in their history is a royal minister, some of the first Tibetan monks, a noted translator during the royal period, and disciples of Padmasambhava. They took up the new tantras while retaining a few Nyingma tantras. Upsaka Jeff...
Published 11/04/13
Ven. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche discusses the many male deities in Tantric Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism some popular male deities include Chenrezig, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Buddha Amitabha, Vajrasattva, Yamantaka, Chakrasambara, Hevajra, and Vajrakilaya. Sometimes deities come in union with their consort, sometimes alone. Depending on the sadhana, these deities are visualized either in front of oneself or as oneself, or both. Also there are various benefits that are associated with the different...
Published 11/03/13
Note: Recording begins a couple minutes into the lecture. Belief and correct motivation are two tremendously important things to cultivate. Belief, faith and absolute conviction in the Lama and in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) are essential for any attainments. Having the correct motivation is an absolute necessity. In this class, Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche gives us insight on these important topics. Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye.
Published 09/01/13
In Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhisattva practices the six perfections. The perfection of meditation is one of these six. Within the perfection of meditation, the practitioner practices calm abiding and insight meditation (shamatha and vipassana). This course focuses on the examination of one’s mind which is vipassana practice. Translator: Thupten Jampa.
Published 08/18/13
The practice of Vajrasattva (Dorje Sempa) is for the purification of one’s karma created through the body, speech and mind. The practice purifies and mends broken commitments, especially the Vajrayana vows. This Dharma lecture on the “Vajrasattva practice in Ngondro” is taught by Khenpo Jampa Tenphel Rinpoche. Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye.
Published 08/04/13
Ven. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche teaches Tibetan Wind Yoga (Tsalung Trulkor)--a spiritual healing practice for the body and mind. It can make your body healthy and your mind peaceful and happy. Some of the conditions it helps are asthma, indigestion, heartburn, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and vision problems. It is a very profound practice, yet it is easy to learn to do anywhere and by anyone.
Published 07/28/13
For Mahayana Practitioners, there are so many teachings and meditations. But in our short lives, we don’t have as much time to devote to study and practice as we’d like. Fortunately, there is a short practice that is very helpful to develop love, compassion, and wisdom. Since the 14th century Tibetan practitioners have practiced this text in their daily lives. The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices was composed by Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo (1295-1369). Tibetans believe he was the emanation of...
Published 06/30/13
As one of the pillars of the Theravadan tradition as well as the Mahayana path, the Four Applications of Mindfulness comprise the foundation of the Buddha's teachings. Also known as the Four Essential Recollections, these are simple instructions to be mindful of the body, of feelings, of the mind, of the dharmas, and the phenomena of perception. This teaching is based on Shantideva's Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra, or Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. The teaching is followed by short...
Published 04/07/13
Mahasiddha Nalong Sangye Zangpo lived in the late 18th and early 19th century in Jyekundo area of Kham, Tibet. He was an ordinary monk who went on pilgrimage to Lhasa, Sakya, and Ngor on foot when he was 16 years old. He received teachings from Ngor abbots, returned to Kham, and then he meditated in a cave for seventeen years on Vajrayogini. He sustained himself by eating only barley flour and water. He became realized and gave teachings, showed spiritual power, and helped others. Through his...
Published 03/17/13
For Mahayana Practitioners, there are so many teachings and meditations. But in our short lives, we don’t have as much time to devote to study and practice as we’d like. Fortunately, there is a short practice that is very helpful to develop love, compassion, and wisdom. Since the 14th century Tibetan practitioners have practiced this text in their daily lives. The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices was composed by Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo (1295-1369). Tibetans believe he was the emanation of...
Published 03/03/13
Compassion and the view of emptiness are at the heart of all the Buddha’s teachings. Without the view of emptiness and practice of compassion one cannot liberate oneself and others. It is important to understand their inseparability and realize the true nature of all phenomena. This is the weapon that is needed for cutting the ego of self-cherishing. Ven. Tulku Yeshi will discuss Nagarjuna’s text Ratnamala.
Published 03/03/13
The purpose of mind training (lojong) is to develop bodhicitta, the mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without bodhicitta, Buddhahood is not possible and, for those intent on following the Bodhisattva path, the practice of training the mind is essential. The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Langri Tangpa are a very approachable set of aphorisms in verse form which contain the essentials of mind training. This practice-oriented class will be based on the Eight...
Published 01/23/13
There are five special levels of meditation that are practiced in both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Venerable Khenpo Jampa explains each level and leads students in meditation on each of them. Translator: Thupten Jampa.
Published 08/12/12
In Buddhism, it is essential and very beneficial to give daily offerings to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya covers the eight kinds of offerings and explain how the many different forms of offerings relate to the body, speech, and mind. Common Tibetan offerings include flowers and tormas but an offering can be as simple as a bowl of water on your shrine. She will cover the proper motivation and presentation of katags, candles, and other offerings.
Published 07/14/12
On the path to happiness, it is not what we do that matters but the way that we do it. In this talk, Lama Choedak explains the practical benefits of meditation in developing the Good Heart. “Come and enjoy learning a time-proven skill that will bring you lifelong happiness.”
Published 07/05/12
Each year, members of Tibetan Buddhist traditions participate in prayer festivals known as 'Mon-lam Chenmo' and recite Samantabhadra's King of Prayers for ten days . Many participants know this prayer by heart as they recite it among their daily prayers. But they often do not know the significance of this famous prayer, also known as Aspiration of Samantabhadra. In this specially requested teaching, Lama Choedak offers an overview of this special prayer.
Published 07/03/12
This class gives an introduction and explanation of the profound and fundamental teaching of the Lamdre (The path and its result), of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Lamdre is a precious teaching from the realized Mahasiddha Virupa (whom our educational institute is named after). The Sakya Lamdre teachings cover the entire Buddhist path from the time of taking refuge until full enlightenment. In addition, Venerable Khenpo Jampa describes the Lamdre lineage and during the last ten...
Published 05/06/12
In this hands-on course, Lama Migmar instructs students on how to make and use a mandala in Ngondro practice. Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye.
Published 03/31/12
Lama Migmar teaches us about the significance of making offerings and demonstrate how to make offerings of body, speech and mind to the Three Jewels. He shows us how to set up the offering bowls, as well as the placement of statues and holy pictures, and other offering items on the shrine. Translator: Rigdzin Tingkhye.
Published 02/04/12
Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya gives a teaching on the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal. Princess of Kharchen, incarnation of Vajrayogini, and spiritual consort of Guru Rinpoche, she was Guru Rinpoche’s principle disciple and was instrumental in recording and preserving his teachings. She is a true dakini considered to be an emanation of Arya Tara, Prajnaparamita, and Samantabhadri.
Published 11/30/11
Out of his great compassion, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya shared with us his life experiences and the knowledge he learned from his teachers for the benefit of our spiritual growth and development. This was a very precious opportunity to hear directly from the eldest lama in the Sakya tradition and one of the highest Tibetan lamas living today. Here Rinpoche discusses Ngondro and the importance of daily practice. Translator: Dagmo Chimey Sakya.
Published 11/13/11