Buddhist meditation guided by Lama Ole Nydahl

April 22nd, 2011

This short Buddhist meditation, guided by contemporary master Lama Ole Nydahl, is a perfect introduction for beginners to Buddhist practice. Guided meditation is used by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, to learn a particular meditation method, and to meditate along with realised masters.
This video provides an easy access to meditation and shows that it is not something mystical or inaccessible:

Lama Ole Nydahl is a highly respected teacher of Buddhist meditation. He gives an empowering approach to daily life focusing on what we truly are: human beings full of potential and living manifestations of love. This direct and practical meditation helps you realise your true potential and make the most of every day. By meditating on the Buddha, who embodies our own inherent qualities of unlimited clarity, compassion, fearlessness and joy, we can develop these qualities in ourselves, manifesting them skilfully in our own lives. Although simple and short, this guided meditation on the Buddha, if practised regularly, has the potential to change our habits and our perceptions.

Tomek Lehnert in Edinburgh

April 16th, 2011
Tomek Lehnert in Edinburgh

Tomek Lehnert in Edinburgh

Our Edinburgh Buddhist group recently had the opportunity to host a great teacher of Diamond Way Buddism, Tomek Lehnert. Tomek was the right hand of Lama Ole Nydahl for 20 years while traveling with him around the world. He has been involved in setting up Karma Kagyu Buddhist centres in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, and Russia as well as Western and Eastern Europe. He’s also the author of the book about the Karmapa issue, Rogues In Robes.

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King of Samādhi Sūtra

April 13th, 2011
Buddha statue in Bodh Gaya

Buddha statue in Bodh Gaya

Existence and non-existence are extremes,

Purity and impurity are extremes as well,

Thus, having relinquished both extremes,

The wise do not dwell even in the middle.

– Buddha Shakyamuni, King of Samādhi Sūtra

Shamar Rinpoche on “advanced practices”

April 10th, 2011

Shamar Rinpoche wearing the Red Crown

“Many people turn towards those practices reputed to bring quick results, even immediate enlightenment. Perhaps this is courageousness, perhaps merely pride. Perhaps the assumption is that if they can say they are doing an advanced practice, this makes them an advanced person.”

Shamar Rinpoche
From “A Change of Expression” (Editions Dzambhala, 1991)

Lama Ole Nydahl – The Six Paramitas

April 5th, 2011
Lama Ole Nydahl in Copenhagen 2009 (Photo: JR Petersen)

Lama Ole Nydahl in Copenhagen 2009 (Photo: JR Petersen)

The six liberating actions are a motivational teaching for direct use in one’s life. As is generally known, Buddhism has a very practical aim and its view is exceedingly clear. No one gets enlightened from only hearing teachings. Lasting results come from real experiences and the changes they bring about. Because this is so important, Buddha gave much practical advice, which should never be seen as commandments but as help from a friend. Being neither a creator nor a judging god, he wants no followers nor students who are a flock of sheep. Instead he wants colleagues – mature people sharing his enlightenment and the massive responsibility it entails are his real goal.

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“His Holiness”

April 1st, 2011
H.H. 16th Karmapa

H.H. 16th Karmapa

We are sure you’ll enjoy these wonderful pictures of H.H. the 16th Karmapa (click on the thumbnails to enlarge). You can see the goodness and compassion simply radiating from him.

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3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche on realising Mahamudra

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

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!

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