Archive for March, 2011

3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on realising Mahamudra

Monday, March 28th, 2011
3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (1954-1992)

3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (1954-1992)

“Mind’s essence is emptiness possessing self-awareness of manifestations, referred to as all-pervading and unobstructed, i.e., emptiness and lucidity. Mind’s nature is the inseparability of emptiness and clarity. Through meditation practice, one comes to realize that there is no mind different than thoughts and that there are no thoughts different than the mind. One realizes that one either recognizes the mind or doesn’t, whereby both are the same mind. Differences pertain to realization. One needs to look at one’s mind in order to realize that it is in truth free of an apprehending subject and apprehended objects. Realization of the union of emptiness and clarity – which is freedom from subject and objects – is Mahamudra, the goal of all meditation practices. Words will not disclose Mahamudra. One needs to purify one’s negativities and obscurations that conceal one’s mind’s true nature and accumulate merit in order to realize Mahamudra.”

From the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul‘s instructions based on “Pointing Out the Dharmakaya” composed by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk DorjeFull text here.

H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in Hong Kong – Q&A

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

This video is of the Q&A session held by H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in Hong Kong in February 2011. Enjoy!

Condolence letter and message to Gyalwa Karmapa’s students concerning the crisis in Japan

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Gyalwa Karmapa's condolence letter regarding Japan

This letter of condolence for the people of Japan has been posted at Gyalwa Karmapa’s website.
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Lama Ole Nydahl’s 70th birthday and Chotrul Düchen, a “Ten Million Multiplier”

Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl

Today, 19 March 2011, marks several special occasions. Firstly, we wish a very happy 70th birthday to our great teacher Lama Ole Nydahl – may he live long and may his vast activity continue to benefit countless beings!

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10th Karmapa Choying Dorje – painting by Pema Rinzin

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
10th Karmapa by Pema Rinzin

10th Karmapa by Pema Rinzin

This impressive thangka painting of the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje was recently uploaded to the New York Tibetan Art Studio blog. It was painted by world-renowned master Tibetan thangka painter and contemporary artist Pema Rinzin. Rinzin’s depth of knowledge and personal mastery of Himalayan art – with its rarely practiced preparation and application of traditional stone ground pigments – is widely recognized by institutions and individual scholars as rare and exceptional.

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Report from Diamond Way Buddhism UK Northern Retreat 2011

Sunday, March 13th, 2011
Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Inspired by Lama Ole Nydahl‘s advice and wishes from his last New Year’s Letter “The coming year and on is the time for meditation!”, the Manchester Sangha decided to organize an event which would enable us to deepen our meditation practice. Thus the idea of Northern Retreat originated some time in January this year. After searching a while for a suitable venue we found the perfect place for this purpose.

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Peter Malinowski speaks at UNESCO Conference for Intercultural and Interreligious dialogue

Sunday, March 13th, 2011
UNESCO VII Congress Programme

UNESCO VII Congress Programme

n 19 February 2011 Dr. Peter Malinowski, lay Diamond Way Buddhist teacher, co-founder of the Liverpool Diamond Way Buddhist Centre and trustee of Diamond Way Buddhism UK, and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University participated, on behalf of Diamond Way Buddhism UK and John Moores University, in the UNESCO Association for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue annual congress in Malaga, Spain, as one of the key speakers.

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Information differs from experience – Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912)

Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912)

When a man is parched by thirst
The thought of water brings no relief –
Only drinking can quench his thirst:
So information differs from experience.
The exhausting search for information
For mere objective knowledge
Becomes needless with meditative experience
Which quickly leads to equanimity.

Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyatmso (1846-1912)

From ‘Instructions on Vision in the Middle Way’, published in Lama Mipham: Calm and Clear (Berkeley: Dharma Publishing)