Meditation isn't a state, but rather a method to get used to knowing what's going on. The point is to notice how our present mind is. When we begin to know our current mind—instead of focusing on a future, more peaceful mind—we can begin working with who we really are. Lama Padma explains.
We wear lots of hats, constantly inventing who we are–an artist, a housekeeper, a lover, a business woman–never understanding who we actually are and dealing with the anxieties that come with that misunderstanding. But when our masquerade of purpose starts to break, an opportunity to be more authentic presents itself.
In this teaching, Lama Padma Gyatso talks about diminishing hopes and fears through the four thoughts. By applying these principals in our own life, we can arrive at a place of feeling that we finally have what we’ve been longing for.
Part of the very fabric of life is our constant search for happiness. We can try to have a positive outlook on things or maybe we can distract ourselves with activities we enjoy. But regardless of the outcome, nothing lasts forever and we find ourselves again and again facing the challenge of satisfying our needs. This cycle is what the Buddha called suffering and is the predicament we find ourselves in. That being said, there is a silver lining... we have the spiritual path.
Compassion—the aspiration that suffering cease—is a powerful antidote to self-centeredness that momentarily releases us from focusing on ourselves and our problems. Lama Padma talks about the benefits and usefulness of compassion. Recorded on Dec. 11th, 2016
In these pith instructions, Jigme Rinpoche touches on a number of topics including mindfulness, bodhichitta and the willingness to accept our flaws. Recorded during the Red Vajrasattva Drubchen on September 25, 2016.
Whether listening to teachings or simply waking up in the morning, we should do so with pure motivation—the wish that all beings attain enlightenment. This being said, upholding such a mindset is easier said than done. So, how do we get there? Where do we start? With the person right in front of you.
Lama Tsering Everst gives an explanation of why one would enter the Buddhist path, where the Vajrayana fits into the Buddhist tradition, as well as how to get started on the Vajrayana path. Recorded on October 4th, 2015.
Jigme Tromge Rinpoche gives an overview of The Four Thoughts—precious human birth, impermanence, cause and effect and the suffering of samsara. While the contemplations of precious human birth and impermanence help to decrease our attachments, the contemplations of the cause and effect and the suffering of samsara keep us from creating further suffering in the future. Recorded on April 8th, 2016 at Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling.
The basic premise of a Buddhist thought is to be kind, but how do we actually accomplish kindness? Where do we start? You start with your mother. This teaching was recorded at Odsal Ling in São Paulo, Brazil on September 27th, 2015.
In this teaching, Chagdud Khadro shares a Buddhist perspective on many different aspects of the dying process. Death can be seen as a brilliant mirror that offers us discernment about life’s priorities and a deep appreciation of the power of mind. But, we must prepare, both in ordinary ways and spiritually. Without preparation, our end-of-life transitions can be overwhelmingly confusing and painful--for the dying person, for caregivers, and for family and friends. Preparation is urgent,...
Lama Padma Gyatso addresses common doubts that arise, as well as the importance of having faith and patience in the process of a spiritual path. Recorded on January 6th, 2016 at Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling.
In this teaching Lama Tsering Everest touches on a number of topics including generosity, impermanence and the necessity of meditation. Recorded on September 20, 2015 at Chagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling in São Paulo, Brazil.