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Events and Courses: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Series with Demo Rinpoche

The Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Series with Demo Rinpoche at Jewel Heart chapters and study groups will be onsite only. After the events, registrants receive a free 3 month subscription to Jewel Heart Digital Dharma. All programs are free, donations welcome. Upcoming Calendar of Events: Jewel Heart Nebraska WHITE TARA BLESSING CEREMONY Thursday, August 22,…
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Blog: An Introduction To Tibetan Buddhism [VIDEO]

  Buddha didn’t make something huge by sitting down and collecting ideas together and writing books and curricula. It was simply the way he managed suffering. This was not just pain management. He showed that suffering doesn’t have to bother you, that you can overcome suffering, that you can get rid of suffering once and…
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Blog: Mysticism in Tibetan Buddhism [VIDEO]

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Blog: Essence of Tibetan Buddhism

In these weekly Sunday morning teachings spanning from March 2013 to December 2014, Gelek Rimpoche elaborates on the “Tibetan Buddhism” series, with the earlier sessions on the foundational Compassion for Oneself meditations, laying the ground work for the later sessions emphasizing Great Compassion for all living beings.

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The Need for Spiritual Practice We have many problems in our life, including financial. Yet, even if we manage we are never satisfied. We suffer from obsession, then violence and confusion. That’s why we need a spiritual path. World Peace can only come through inner peace

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Freedom of Mind to Become Spiritual We have the freedom to develop spiritually, regardless of others’ demands. the capacity of human mind is unlimited and therefore can achieve buddhahood. Buddhism is non-violent tradition, situations like in Myanmar today are not true Buddhism. Through genuine practice we can change our character by avoiding negativity and building…
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Wisdom and Compassion The spiritual development needs wisdom and compassion. Rimpoche goes into wisdom in terms of emptiness of a solid core person. Ego is the misunderstanding of that reality, at the same time there is the pure part of the being that can obtain enlightenment, on the basis of understanding and developing bodhimind, the…
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The Path of Seeing and Path of Meditation To conclude the explanation of the 10 instructions of the Abhisamayalankara, Rimpoche summarizes them and focus particularly on the last two, path of seeing and path of meditation. Within that he reviews the 5 paths and also the Three Higher Trainings.

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The Six Clairvoyances The six clairvoyances are 1) the clairvoyance of magical emanations, 2) the clairvoyance of the celestial ear, 3) the clairvoyance of knowing other’s minds, 4) the clairvoyance of recalling former lives, 5) the clairvoyance of the celestial eye, 6) the clairvoyance of the removal of defilements. Gelek Rimpoche teaches us how to…
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The Five Eyes The Abhisamayalankara explains five eyes in the section on the extraordinary path. The five eyes are: 1) the physical sublime eye, 2) the celestial sublime eye, 3) the sublime eye of wisdom, 4) the sublime eye of dharma, 5) the sublime eye of Buddha. These five eyes are taught so that we…
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the Kindness of Denma Locho Rinpoche Greater compassion for all living beings is what distinguishes Mahayana Buddhism from the self-liberation vehicle. In this episode Gelek Rimpoche reviews the basics of Mahayana Buddhism and Bodhimind. He also reflects on the passing of Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche Dorje Chang.

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Three Types of Spiritual Laziness There are three types of ‘laziness’ explained in the Abhisamayalankara. The first is the laziness engaging in uncalled-for activities – being caught up in something other than what needs to be done. The second is the laziness of delaying. The third is the laziness of thinking you are incapable, or…
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Overcoming Laziness Through Enthusiasm What is spiritual laziness? How can use the perfection of enthusiasm to curb our laziness? There are three enthusiasms to counteract laziness. In this talk Gelek Rimpoche explains the first, the diligence of non-adherence and how we can make more time in our lives for spiritual practice.

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The Qualities of the Three Jewels of Refuge The goal of Mahayana is to achieve the total enlightenment of a Buddha – which includes the Sambogakaya quality of being able to see the past, present, and future of all phenomena simultaneously. While we cannot keep talking about the qualities of the Three Jewels, having an…
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Review of the 10 Instructions This talk is largely a recapitulation of previous weeks’ presentations on method and wisdom, the pervasiveness of the Two Truths (relative and absolute) in all our practice, the pervasiveness of Buddha’s manifestations, and the benefits of refuge. The talk also emphasizes that the worst form of laziness is not doing…
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