H. H. Tulku Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche

I just wanted to share a few short videos I found online related to my Lama, Tulku Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche.

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Festival of Miracles

Buddha Shakyamuni's 15 Miracles

Buddha Shakyamuni’s 15 Miracles

Today (February 25th) is Chotrul Duchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles’ which is always on the first full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first Tibetan month. It commemorates the fifteen days on which, in order to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples, Buddha displayed a different miracle each day. It is a very auspicious day, one of only four times in the year where merit is said to be increased 10 million times!

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Jonang Lamrim – Part 5 (Contemplation 1)

[This is part of an ongoing Lamrim series. All related posts can be found here.]

To honor the copyright holder of the translation of Essence of Ambrosia I am using,  I will not simply be typing up all of the instructions from the book verbatim for the contemplations. Rather, I will be including select passages (under fair use) and then summarizing parts of the additional sections. I encourage anyone who wants to follow this Lamrim to 1) find a teacher and 2) buy the book. Yet it is my hope that this series will motivate some to actually engage in the Lamrim practices. These are sutra level meditations, open to all.

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Jonang Lamrim – Part 4 (Intro Contemplation 1)

Ashvaghosha

Ashvaghosha

[This is part of an ongoing Lamrim series. All related posts can be found here.]

Continuing with the theme of Contemplation 1 (Relying on a Spiritual Master)  from Taranatha’s Essence of Ambrosia, I thought it might be helpful to offer some insight from an outside source. Taranatha’s lamrim is concise compared to lamrims from other lineages (for example, Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo, a much larger text with copious amounts of commentary). Taranatha appears to be aiming for a very practical text, like an instruction manual to guide students through various sequential meditations (each of the contemplations). It also appears that Taranatha anticipated lamas teaching this text to include supplemental material and additional background or instructions  We know this because in the text Taranatha offers various asides directed to the lamas – suggestions and so forth that they might incorporate into the teachings.

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Jonang Lamrim – Part 3 (Intro -Contemplation 1)

Vajradhara

Vajradhara

[This is part of an ongoing Lamrim series. All related posts can be found here.]

 Contemplation 1 – Relying on a Spiritual Master, the Root of All Paths

To rely on something means to have confidence in it, to consider it to be, well… reliable. This confidence is typically based on some kind of experience in which the thing has proven to be dependable.

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Jonang Lamrim – Part 2 (Intro Continued)

Essence of Ambrosia

[This is part of an ongoing Lamrim series. All related posts can be found here.]

I am using the text Essence of Ambrosia: A Guide to Buddhist Contemplations  as a source for this series. The original text was composed by Jetsun Taranatha (1575 – 1634 CE), translated into English by Willa Baker (Lama Palmo) and was published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in 2005. I also want to express gratitude to Khenpo Choejor Gyamtso of Dorje Ling Buddhist Center in Atlanta for recently offering a series of teachings on Essence of Ambrosia. Khenpo-la gave very clear instructions and explanations of this text, along with some related topics. Khenpo-la’s teachings have motivated me to further practice.

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