Quotation of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

May 30th, 2011
Seated Bodhisattva, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas

Seated Bodhisattva, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas

These days if you tell the truth no one listens, and if anyone says something false everybody holds it to be true. That is why I have never said this to anyone before: I am not an ordinary being, I am a bodhisattva who took birth intentionally as a result of prayers of aspiration.

Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912), Spoken to his attendant Lama Ösel and recorded in his biography

Lama Ole Nydahl’s message for the 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi celebrations in the UK

May 18th, 2011
2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi

2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi

On 29 May 2011, Diamond Way Buddhism has been invited to attend a special event marking the 2600th anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment. It is being held in London under the leadership of the UK Sri Lankan Sangha Sabha Council, with the participation of other Buddhist organisations and groups in the UK, particularly the Buddhist Society.

The 2600th “Sambuddha Jayanthi” celebration will combine talks on Buddhism given by international speakers, items that highlight the important contributions made by Buddhism in today’s world, and a selection of short cultural performances from different countries that have links to Buddhism.

In connection with the celebration, Lama Ole Nydahl offered the following message, which has been included in the souvenir programme printed for the event:

“Our finest celebration of Buddha’s enlightenment 2600 years ago would be remembering his ultimate teachings of the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra):

Mahamudra is the recognition that everything which might constitue an “I” or “self” such as body and feelings is conditioned and impermanent, while that which is timeless and shared by all – mind’s conscious space which allows for and experiences everything – is the same in all. The insight that this conscious space is beyond beginning or end first awakens basic fearlessness. From this manifests self-arisen joy because mind is limitless and can experience all richness, and finally compassion appears because all beings are endowed with this perfection, but so rarely experience it. This again leads to meaningful activity to awaken all.

Yours, Lama Ole from Diamond Way Karma Kagyu”

What is Buddhism? – Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

May 15th, 2011

This is an excerpt from the teachings given by H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in Hong Kong on 21 February 2011. It was recently uploaded to YouTube by the Karmapa Documentary Project.

Painting of Gyalwa Gyamtso “Almighty Ocean”

May 12th, 2011
Gyalwa Gyamtso

Gyalwa Gyamtso

This exceptional 19th Century thangka, from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, was painted in Eastern Tibet according to the Karma Gardri tradition. It depicts the single form of “Almighty Ocean”, in Tibetan “Gyalwa Gyamtso” or in Sanskrit “Jinasagara”. Almighty Ocean is a red form of Loving Eyes (Tib. Chenresig, Skt. Avalokiteshvara), the buddha of compassion.

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Science Discovers Buddhism – Dr. Peter Malinowski in The Middle Way Journal

May 10th, 2011
The Middle Way

The Middle Way

In the introduction to his recent article published in the Middle Way, the journal of the UK’s Buddhist Society (Volume 85, No.4 – February 2011), Dr. Peter Malinowski states:

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Gampopa – The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

May 4th, 2011
Gampopa (1079–1153)

Gampopa (1079–1153)

The cause is the buddha nature. The support is the most precious human body. The circumstance is the spiritual friend. The method consists of his instructions. The result consists of the kayas of perfect buddhahood. The activity is the spontaneous accomplishment of beings’ benefit.

Gampopa (1079–1153) – Jewel Ornament of Liberation

3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on the Preliminary Practices

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

3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (1954-1992)

“Many unskilled practitioners think they can jump into higher practices and engage in Yidam and Mahamudra practices without having perfected the preliminaries, but this will be very detrimental to achieving fruition. Should one meditate on the nature of one’s mind without having perfected the preliminaries, all efforts are in vain. One needs sincere faith, confidence, and certainty of karma, and one needs perfect renunciation in order to meditate Mahamudra correctly. Of course, one can receive many teachings on Mahamudra, but it would only be like changing old clothes as long as one has failed to prepare the ground properly. It’s necessary to actually integrate all teachings in one’s life and to know that they are only presented in order to help one transform one’s delusive apprehensions into peace and supreme insight. This can only happen if one relies on and is dedicated to one’s Root Lama, if one has unwavering love and compassion, if one has ethics and engages in virtuous activities, and if one practices the methods correctly. Methods are only effective if long-standing habitual patterns have been overcome and if merit has been accumulated. And so, the preliminaries are indispensable for advanced practices.”

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

UK Sangha in Karma Berchen Ling

April 25th, 2011
Karma Berchen Ling, Greece

Karma Berchen Ling, Greece

We want to produce Buddhism, not consume it“. This is how Lama Ole Nydahl started a very inspiring talk given in San Francisco in 1995. We all have and enjoy this wonderful possibility to produce Buddhism in every day life in our groups and centres all over the UK. This year however, such a precious opportunity for the UK sangha also appeared in a distant corner of Southern Europe. For the whole month we had the honour to be responsible for running one of our Diamond Way Buddhist retreat centres. In March 2011 the UK sangha became the host of Karma Berchen Ling centre in Greece.

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