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Sunday Morning Sangha, Lama Losang Samten, May 26, 2013. A dharma talk on Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist meditation and practice, and things like that.

Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche; Sunday Morning Sangha. It could be said that we engage in Buddhist meditation practice to see ourselves as we truly are.  And when we understand ourselves as we truly are, we can see and understand others and the universe as they are, too.  Lama Losang discusses why it's preferable to utilize pure objects of meditation, and not others absent of these qualities, followed by an explanation of some of the various types of meditation one can use to accomplish these aims.  Discussed in particular are shamatha meditation, used in conjunction with analytical (Vipassana), Emptiness, and Tantric meditation.  Practicing in this way can help us to avoid being drawn into adopting either of the Two Extremes (nihilism and absolute existence), and instead, to draw closer to understanding the Two Truths (conventional and ultimate reality) and interdependence.  Also discussed are the available virtues of attachment and romantic attachment, and other topics.  The hour concludes with traditional dedication prayers.

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Green Tara Practice and Chanting, June 2, 2013, Lama Losang Samten, part 1

Our Sunday Morning Sangha. Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche, leads this Green Tara practice, Homage to 21 Taras, on this beautiful Sunday morning before the start of Losang la's annual summer meditation retreat, in Nepal and India.

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Green Tara Practice and Chanting, June 2, 2013, Lama Losang Samten, part 2

The second part of our practice on this final Sunday together before Losang's summer retreat.  A beautiful Green Tara chant, led by our friend Lyn Dean, sharing with us a melody by Tenzin Tsewang, a boyhood friend of Losang la's at Namgyal Monastery, who passed away a few years ago.  The hour concludes with traditional dedication prayers.

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A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Ch. 2, Confession. Lama Losang Samten, (2013.12.16)

Teaching on Shantideva's text, second chapter, Confession, which also may be understand as purifying ourselves, or purifying negative karma.  Verses 1 - 14.  Subjects for discussion include, overview of the structure and chapters of Bodhisattva's Guide, training the mind, calm-ness and beginning one's day with a calm mind, YouTube and authentic texts, offering to people and to animals, complexity of mind, and the texts that explain it, preciousness of human life, Seven Limb Prayer, the tragedy in Newtown, Ct., and other subjects.

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On meditation, compassion to animals, and teachers. Sunday Morning Sangha, Dharma Talk, Lama Losang Samten (2012.12.09)

The second half of our Sunday practice on this date.  A dharma talk, by Lama Losang Samten, reflecting on Lama Tsongkapa Day.  In this recording: how to meditate and types of meditation, a short, silent meditation*; Miktsema (Prayer of Tsongkapa, in Tibetan), a talk on kindness and compassion for animals, on His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Lam Rim Teachings in Mondgod, India, Foundation of All Perfections, Eight Verses for Training the Mind, and on the importance of teachers in our lives and in our society.  *"Silent" part of the silent meditation edited (shortened) for this recording.

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A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, cnt'd: Chapt. One (3 of 3), Benefit of the Awakening Mind, Lama Losang Samten (2012.12.09)

Lama Losang continues his teaching on A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life,  Chapter One, The Benefit of the Awakening Mind.  (Verse 8 through the end of the chapter) Some of the subjects include the central importance real loving-kindness and compassion for all living beings, the wish to help all living beings to overcome suffering; the "moment" bodhisattva, the spiritual value of suffering itself, "enemies," sleep, death and dying, and other topics.

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Emptiness, Interdependence and Mindfulness (Shunyata), A Dharma Talk and Meditation. Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche, Sunday Morning Sangha (2012 12 02)

The concept of shunyata (Sanskrit), often translated as "emptiness," is so very important in Buddhism.  Easily misunderstood, the term "emptiness" does not mean that nothing exists, but rather, that things do not exist in quite the way that our minds have been conditioned to perceive them.  Language, and conceptualization, which necessarily draw artificial distinctions between phenomena, and between ourselves and that same phenomena, are inadequate tools to by which to understand the interdependent nature of reality.  Here, Lama Losang discusses this important area, and the kind of analytical meditation that allows us to begin to slowly understand things, and ourselves, "as they are," or as we are, free of the cloudiness that necessarily enters the picture through our normal, everyday way of understanding and perception.  Following this, our closing prayers, and some beautiful music.

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A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Chapt. 1 (week 2) Lama Losang Samten, Introduction to the Buddhist Path (12.02.12)

Written in 700 A.D. in Sanskrit verse, Shantideva's, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (Sanskrit: Bodhisattvacharyavatara), is considered to be one of the most important works in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.  A subject of many commentaries, as well as more than a few translations, its virtues are immeasurable.  Recorded here is the second of three teachings offered by Lama Losang Samten on Chapter 1, The Benefits of the Awakening Mind.

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Sunday Morning Sangha, Closing Thoughts. On kindness, impermanence, and opportunity. Lama Losang Samten 2012.11.25

Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche.  Some closing thoughts following our regular Sunday morning meditation practice, on kindness, on impermanence, and on opportunity in this brief life.

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A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Chapt. 1. Lama Losang Samten, Introduction to the Buddhist Path (11.25.12)

Written in 700 A.D. in Sanskrit verse, Shantideva's, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (Sanskrit: Bodhisattvacharyavatara), is one of the pillars of Mahayana Buddhist literature.  A subject of many commentaries, as well as more than a few translations, its virtues are immeasurable.  Recently returned from creating a Kalachakra sand mandala for Border Peace in El Paso, Texas, Lama Losang offers this first of four teachings in November and December on Chapter 1, The Benefits of the Awakening Mind.  Offered as part of Losang La's series entitled, Introduction to the Buddhist Path, Shantideva's work will serve as the basis for teachings by Lama Losang throughout 2013 as well. 

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