We just celebrated Chötrul Düchen, the magical displays of Dharma performed by the Buddha to preserve the Buddhadharma by defeating through debate the non-believers, preventing conversion. What a wonderful way to start the new year by firmly planting the Dharma. We aspire to achieve not the magical powers, but full enlightenment in order to have the power and ability to serve others fully. Remembering our Buddha nature connects us with our eventual enlightenment and infuses deeper purpose in our everyday often mundane lives. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave teachings on the life stories of the Buddha (Jataka tales), Nagarjuna’s ‘Precious Garland,’ and conferred the Bodhisattva vows (dalailama.com).
In order of difficulty starting with the easiest, we practice generosity, then no harm, patience, not giving up, and concentration. These are the practices of a Bodhisattva, one who trains in Bodhicitta, or universal compassion […]
Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by mutual cooperation based on innate recognition of their interconnectedness. It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of […]