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Vimalakirti Sutra, Chapter 3, Marian Droba. Sunday Morning Sangha (2012.10.21)

Called the "Jewel of the Mahayana Sutras," and the "Sutra of Non-duality," The Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti present the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism in in all their everyday magnificence.  Marian Droba reads from the third chapter, The Disciples' Reluctance to Visit Vimalakirti, followed by commentary and silent meditation.  This teaching accompanied our Chenrezig Guru Yoga practice on this Sunday morning.

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Introduction to the Buddhist Path: Discussion, Prayer of Refuge and Bodhicitta, and silent meditation. Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche (10.14.2012)

The four line, Prayer of Refuge and Bodhicitta initiates and sets the motivation for perhaps most practices in the Tibetan tradition.  Both prayer and practice, it contains within it all of the teachings of the buddhadharma.  In this third of three introductory teachings this month on establishing a meditation practice, Losang Rinpoche offers a discussion on the Prayer of Refuge and Bodhicitta, meditation on the nature of the "I," and how to pronounce the prayer in Tibetan, too.  The recording begins with about 11 minutes, silent meditation, from this morning.

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Kalachakra Mandala at Trinity Center for Urban Life, Dismantling, Oct. 20, 2012

Dismantling ceremony of the Kalachakra Mandala, created at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, October 15 - 20, 2012.  A beautiful ceremony.  Reading from Barry Bryant's, Wheel of Time, Sand Mandala, the ceremony begins with an explanation of the three mandala's that were created for this mandala, Enlightened Consciousness, Enlightened Wisdom, and Enlightened Great Bliss.  Following this was a brief talk by Lama Losang (omitted from this recording due to the quality of the audio (appears that someone was crinkling a piece of paper by the microphone for most of this part!), and finally, the dissolution itself.  You can see a complete photo essay of this beautiul ceremony on our TBC website Photo Albums page.

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Kalachakra Mandala at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche, Oct. 15 - 20th (pdf)

A flyer in pdf format about this wonderful event spanning six days this week!  Please feel free to print and share with your friends!  Thank you!

Lama Losang Samten, Precious Sentient Beings. Sunday Morning Sangha (2012.09.30)

A few words from Lama Losang prior to our Medicine Buddha practice for healing.  On joy, on loving kindness, on the three poisons, and on the preciousness of this human life, and the lives of all beings.

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The Spiritual Friend, Teacher, Guru and the Vajra Master. A dharma talk. Jeffrey Carr (2012.09.02) (part 1 of 2)

Against the glorious backdrop of the Padmasambhava Guru Yoga sadhana, in the first part of his teaching on this date, Jeffrey Carr discusses the qualities of, and differences between, the spiritual friend, teacher, guru and vajra master, and the essential roles that they play in a person's development.

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The Spiritual Friend, Teacher, Guru and the Vajra Master. A dharma talk. Jeffrey Carr. (2012.09.02) (part 2 of 2)

In part two of his talk, and using as his source the writings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Jeffrey Carr discusses the qualities of, and differences between, the spiritual friend, teacher, guru and vajra master.  While we may speak of the qualities of one individual as compared to another, in truth these qualities only exist in relationship, and, on an even more fundamental level, reside within ourselves. 

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Vajrayana Buddhism, Deities and Guru Yoga. Floyd Platton (pdf) (7.1.12)

While the ideas and practices that are at the heart of the Hinayana and Mahayana schools of Tibetan Buddhism seem sensible enough for many or most people to understand, those at the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism, can appear at first to be another matter entirely.  Do the deities of Vajrayana Buddhism really exist? If so, in what way do they exist?  How is the practice of visualization and meditation on these deities, and buddhas, beneficial for us?  What is Guru Yoga, what are its potential benefits, and how do these two practices - Deity Yoga, and Guru Yoga - relate to each other?  In this transcription of Senior Teaching Student, Floyd Platton's talk from July 1, 2012, Floyd considers these questions, and discusses these often asked about elements of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Mantra, Yoga, Guru Yoga, and Motivation for Engaging in Meditation practice: A dharma talk and guided meditation, Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche (08.26.12)

A dharma talk by our precious teacher, Losang Rinpoche, on the spiritual benefits and usage of mantra, and the mantra Om Mani Peme Hung, and on yoga, and the practice of Guru Yoga, followed by a guided meditation on setting motivation before engaging in meditation practice, or really before any activity.  From the third day of our Chenrezig retreat led by Lama Losang, Aug. 24 - 26, 2012.  The recording begins with about three minutes of chanting, Om Mani Peme Hung, and includes recitation of a portion of the Chenrezig sadhana from this retreat.  This sadhana is available for download (pdf) on our Prayers and Practices page.

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Sunday Morning Sangha, Ven. Losang Samten, Rinpoche (Aug. 19, 2012)

Our first Sunday with Lama Losang since his return a few days earlier from his annual summer retreat in Dharamsala, India.  Following a silent meditation together, Lama Losang shares reflections on his visits to Buddhist holy sites in India, and reflections on his retreat, on Geshe Monlam, who passed away earlier in the summer, and (toward the end of the recording) on this precious human life, and other related topics.

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