What does it mean to achieve emotional balance? Does it mean to not feel strong emotions ever after? Or is one’s emotional life so well-lubricated that one can slide effortlessly in and out of a feeling state without ever being tripped over? Is that what we want, in the first place?
For some of us the waiting is a bit long and we might forget that we are just passing [...]
One lesson I have learned from the Buddhist teachings is this possibility of enhancing our natural sense of love and concern for self or others. Before coming into contact with such a teaching, I have unconsciously carried around with me the idea that there is not much I can do with the amount of [...]
If you take a look at VI’s event calendar, you will notice that each month we schedule a few pujas, offering ceremonies directed towards a particular Buddha figure. There are guru pujas (offering to the spiritual masters), Tara puja (to Tara, the popular female Buddha), and Medicine Buddha puja (to the eight Medicine Buddhas, [...]
Last Monday, during our Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra course, we looked at the need for inspiration (a.k.a. blessing, Tib., jin lab) in order for our heart/mind to transform. I would like to share a quote from Lama Yeshe on this matter (and you can wonder what has butter got to do with it).
If you have spent some time at Vajrayana Institute or other Tibetan Buddhist centres associated with the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, you will sure to come across this Tibetan term, lam rim. The syllable lam means “path” and rim means “stages.” Taken together, it can be translated as the Stages of the Path or [...]
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