Monday, March 16, 2009

Lesson 66 -My PERFECT Teacher?

I have recommended in the blog on a previous post the enlightening movie: Words of My Perfect Teacher. I found today a discourse given by His Holiness Revered Lama H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche about the concepts and philosophies of the movie. Watch today's video and work on gaining a new perspective for yourself. Many things in our lives can be made better by a change in our perception of the situation. Enjoy!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lesson 65 - Offerings and Proper Motivation

I thought for today's lesson I would give you a treat of a video presentation by Revered Lama H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Many times I have had practitioners inquire about the benefits and meaning of offerings. In our buddhist tradition offerings are very important but even more important is the mind set in which offerings are given. Proper motivation is the key to the true dharma practice of offerings. Listen to His Excellence explain this important lesson. Enjoy!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lesson 64 - Taking the Me out of Meditation

Ah the ego...this lesson speaks to the greatest stumbling block in a practitioner's meditation practice...the "I". Who is this illusive "I". Is it the body? Is it the mind? Where can it be found? Nowhere...everywhere you look for this "I" you come up empty handed. That is because there is no "I". If you are able to truly grasp this concept, it is a most freeing experience. You are no longer hurt by the actions of others because, after all, who is the "I" being hurt? When we are in meditation practice this is a perfect time to work on this concept so inherent to Buddhism. If you can remove from your meditation practice the "me," the all self important "I," you will open up space to the infinite, to true unchanging bliss. I hope this for all of you in your meditation practice, ponder this thought in meditation... just be, no one is thinking, no one is feeling anything, there is only being, only the here and now ... and in those moments you realize the place where ego falls away and you see clearly your connection to everything that is and every thing that ever was. You are able to experience a joy beyond this ego driven, physical existence. You experience something lasting...connectivity to the divine, love, true happiness and peace. It is not easy to do. The ego is a formidable enemy in the pursuit of Buddhahood. But if you can manage to experience this in meditation you will have the motivation to manifest this concept in the material world, in your interaction with others and ultimately spread Metta (loving kindness) to the universe and make our space in the backwaters of the Milky Way a happier, better place to exist. May this benefit all sentient beings.