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    instructions Dharani and Sutra Recitation for Practitioners

    Dharani and Sutra Recitation for Practitioners Here we share Mahayana Buddhist dharani and sutra texts that should be helpful for all wisdom seekers and practitioners of internal training. By dharani we mean any spiritually transformative piece of Buddhist speech or text which, unlike mantra...
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    group study Prayers and Praying

    Introduction to Prayers and Praying Prayers are used in many world traditions, but especially in Mahayana Buddhism and in Abrahamic religions as an essential part of everyone's regular practice. The concept of prayer is simple: The practitioner appeals to the power of goodness and asks for...
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    group study His Holiness Kyabgön Gongma Sakya Trichen Rinpoche (41st Sakya Trizin), Courses and Events

    This thread is for announcing courses that feature live and recorded course teachings of His Holiness Kyabgön Gongma Sakya Trichen Rinpoche (41st Sakya Trizin). His Holiness is one of the current patriarch's of Sakya tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism and He is well known for traveling all-around...
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    instructions Vajra Armor Mantra Course at P'hurba T'hinley Ling Retreat Center

    Vajra Armor Mantra Course At P'hurba T’hinley Ling Retreat Center The Vajra Armor Mantra was first introduced into Tibet in the eighth century by Padmasambhava, who had collected various teachings and practices on this mantra from the ancient Indian Buddhist tradition. After teaching his close...
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    group study The Unsurpassed Benefits of Studying Well and the Downfalls of Its Neglect

    The Unsurpassed Benefits of Studying Well and the Downfalls of Its Neglect We want to practice internal arts for the results in self-transformation, but even a good practice itself is rarely enough for deep understanding. The reason is that everyone has many lifetimes of unconsciously adapted...
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    group study Songs and Poems by Buddhist Enlightened Masters, with Practical Wisdom and Giving Advice

    Here we share songs and poems by realized Buddhist masters who share their practical wisdom and offer advice. Please note that we have another topic for sharing haikus in a more free flowing context: Song of the Enchanting Wildwoods by Longchen...
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    group study How Spiritual Practitioners Deal with Hardships Shows Their Real Progress

    How Spiritual Practitioners Deal with Hardships Shows Their Real Progress Despite How Well You Progress in Internal Training, Hardships Remain a Fact Many people seem to have the impression that spiritual training should in fact make life easier. This can be possible if one's scope is within the...
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    group study Drikung Kagyü Regular Teachings and Special Events

    This thread is reserved for promoting regular teachings and special events in the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. First of all, please see our main thread about the Drikung Kagyu: You may also share about your relevant experiences...
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    group study Drikung Kagyü School of Vajrayana Buddhism

    Drikung Kagyu is a lineage within the Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. It was founded by the Buddha Jigten Sumgön. For promoting Drikung Kagyu courses, please use the following thread instead: This post will be expanded in the future.
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    group study Feeding the Hungry Ghosts

    Feeding the Hungry Ghosts Hungry ghosts, also known as pretas, are beings whom I've been fascinated by since I started practicing Dharma more purposefully. I initially learned this offering rite from Khandro Kunzang, and during the course, a lot of details made me very concerned and...
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    instructions Practice Rinzai Zen with Meido Moore Roshi

    Practice Rinzai Zen with Meido Moore Roshi The Teacher Meido Moore is the abbot of Korinji, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery in Wisconsin, and guiding teacher of the international Korinji Rinzai Zen Community. He is the author of The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice and Hidden Zen: Practices...
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    group study Meditative Mindfulness Leading to Insight — Pali Discourses by Gautama Buddha

    Meditative Mindfulness Leading to Insight This is not a complete exposition of the essentials of the Buddhist path or even of the Buddhist meditation, but more like a pointer for understanding what is meant by the traditional Buddhist mindfulness. Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to try...
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    essay Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; Examples from the Secular Buddhist Community

    Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; examples from the secular Buddhist community Sweet coupled airs we sing. No lonely seafarer Holds clear of entering Our green mirror. ~ Homer; The Odyssey, Book 12, 173-176 There is a natural urge to seek out others and form bonds to...
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    group study Critical Views on Lineage Transmission and Authoritative Teachers

    This message will later become an introduction to the topic of critical views on lineage transmission.
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    group study Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra

    Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is an ancient and influential Mahayana Buddhist text that chiefly discusses non-duality and the illusory nature of phenomena. I'm excerpting below the second chapter which is the shortest, but I highly recommend that you read the rest of the sutra text also. 2...
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    group study Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng

    About the The Platform Sutra The T'an Ching, or Platform Sutra, has been a volume of immense popularity among the Ch'an Buddhists of East Asia for many centuries. Purported to be the teaching of the Sixth Patriarch of the Southern School of Ch'an, it has achieved the highest status possible for...
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    group study Practical Mindfulness and Meditation by Western Dharma Teachers

    Buddha Dharma hasn't had more cultural visibility than a casual curiosity in most of the Western communities and the time of exposure has been relatively brief, but many Western meditation teachers have already gained substantial experience and wisdom to be recognized as capable Dharma teachers...
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    group study Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives

    Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives Here we go another stretch along the wisdom road. We are joined by the insightful commentaries of various Buddhist tantra and Dzogchen (Atiyoga) practitioners, mostly of different Vajrayana schools and maybe some Bön also. Expect to find...
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    group study Pure Land Buddhism and Deity Yoga Tantra

    Pure Land Buddhism and Deity Yoga Tantra Pure Land Buddhism is often referred to as the most simple way to enter the Mahayana Buddha Dharma and is considered to be a way of other power where salvation comes outside of the practitioner. Mindfulness of the Buddha, name of the Buddha, specific...
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    group study Ethics in Buddha Dharma

    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha Dharma recognizes that liberation from suffering starts with accepting the goodness of heart. Every sentient being originally has a perfectly innocent heart that has become obscured by anger, greed, and ignorance. Although re-discovering the heart of the Buddha...