A Dharma Crucible
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
19h ago
It is auspicious awareness for Dharma practitioners to remain mindful of how each of our lifetime's event/moments present opportunities for empowering wisdom to arise and abide. Then, as insights blossom, long-held perspectives and self-oriented attitudes, no longer useful or relevant, may transform in vastly unexpected ways. Consider: the flourishing of these insights -- and how we engage with them -- depends on no one but ourselves. (Length: 13 minutes) Written and shared here by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project with accompanying music composed and performed by the San Francisco Bay-are ..read more
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The Vibrational Resonance of Mantras
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
1M ago
The inherently potent merging of Tibetan Buddhism-supported mind states, in concert with the vibrational qualities of Sanskrit sounds and syllables, provides a direct, enriching stimulus to the energies -- and results -- of our Dharma practice. This has been understood and experienced by practitioners for centuries, who will recite teachings and prayers in their own Tibetan language but have preserved and practice their mantra recitations in Sanskrit, knowing a mantra's intrinsic 'merit' lies mainly in its vibrational qualities rather than in any psychological meaning that society, culture, ci ..read more
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’Splendid’ Impermanence
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
3M ago
Everything is changing/advancing . . . grossly and/or microscopically, moment-by-moment. Until instinctive awareness begins to manifest, reactions to impermanence set many of our challenges into motion, swirling into what Siddhartha termed afflictive mind-states (aka kleshas) of "dukkha" – ignorance-sourced confusions and complications leading to discontent, stress, anxiety . . . catchword “suffering”. But, once embraced, impermanence becomes profoundly fertile . . . vast, lovely . . . presenting perpetual opportunities . . . fluid, evolving, blossoming. It is the greatest show on Earth ..read more
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The Waiting Room
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
6M ago
Visualize a vast railroad terminal resembling New York City’s Grand Central Station, with newly dead people entering all the time, mulling around, eventually moving from the waiting room toward the track on which their departure train sits, ready to take them away on a sojourn through the Bardo of Becoming to their next destination. And while we will all be there one day, the specific train for which each of us is ticketed differs, and the experiences of our journey upon it -- as well as the conditions resident within our destination -- are not randomly determined. Rather, they are earned by W ..read more
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Lao Tzu and the Mahayana Path
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
7M ago
The legendary Lao Tzu was living and teaching a harmonious way of being -- simple, modest and true -- traveling throughout China centuries before Siddhartha's birth. Upon achieving enlightenment, Siddhartha Buddha refined, deepened and shared similar ways to all who were inclined to listen. Then, after his death, these teachings were assembled and ultimately compiled into what we today know as Buddhism's Mahayana curriculum. The teachings of Lao Tzu . . .  The awakened Bodhisattva path . . .  Both so ancient, yet so relevant today. (Length: 13 minutes) Written by Mark Winwood of the ..read more
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(Instant) Karma Redo?
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
9M ago
Consider: How convenient would it be to have a 'Karma' Replay Command Center into which we could call when needed to replay an action or moment we had participated in?  An at-the-ready 'redo' button for any occurrence that, upon reflection, we'd like to correct or fix the 'why' or 'how' we behaved with others . . . and thereby repairing or 're-contenting' the unwholesome karmic seed that had been planted in our mindstream. Nice to have?  You bet. Useful?  Sure thing. Necessary?  You decide . . . (Length: 12 minutes) Written by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, with acc ..read more
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The Ongoing Process of MInd
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
10M ago
"How does my mind work?" It was a question posed to the 21st Century Bodhisattva at the conclusion of a teaching. After pausing to collect her thoughts, the Bodhisattva smiled sofly and began to speak not only about the experiential mechanics of mind-flow, but of the path of progressive engagement that empowers one to begin to understand for themself. (Length: 14 minutes) Written by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, with accompanying music composed and performed by the SF-bay area musician Bobby Vega ..read more
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Buddha(s) Far and Near . . .
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
11M ago
The historians tell us Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, lived more than 2,500 years ago in Northern India. Having uncovered and freed the enlightened mind, it is said he taught the path of similar achievement to others for 45 years, until his death at the age of 80. Precious work, done remarkably well; obviously the Buddha and his teachings have had a uniquely far-reaching impact. But consider: While affirming and honoring Siddhartha's awakened accomplishments, perhaps Buddhas are a little more 'everyday' . . . ?  (Length: 12 minutes ..read more
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Backstage at the Mind
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
1y ago
Posed by a student to the 21st Century Bodhisattva at the conclusion of a teaching: "There's this nagging question, 'What do I want?' The truth is, it's slippery. 'How can I ever know what I truly want when everything is always changing, including my flip-flopping mind . . . the basis of my entire experience?"   "Do you have any advice for me?" After a few moments she began to speak . . .  (Length: 15 minutes) Written by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, presented by Kathy Ambrose . . . with accompanying music composed and performed by the SF-bay area musician Bobby Vega in ..read more
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Within Dependent Origination, ’Just Exactly Perfect’ Never Occurs
Tibetan Buddhism | The Elegant Mind
by chenrezigproject
1y ago
Absolutely everything, i.e., anything we can point to as 'this' or 'that' is occurring in an ongoing manner . . . organic . . . on the fly . . . at times seemingly chaotic . . . aggregates perpetually evolving . . . including the profoundly complex occurrences we refer to as You and Me and Us. All phenomena emanate from a collection of causes . . . sounds, tastes, aromas, sights, thoughts, feelings . . . causes give rise to effects, which then become the causes for what follows . . . on and on. This process of "dependent origination" lies deep at the heart of all Buddhist teachings.  (Len ..read more
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