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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 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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    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 Mantras in Practice and as Spiritual Technology

    Mantras in Practice and as Spiritual Technology This thread serves as the general meeting place and resource for discussing mantra practice in its breadth and depth, excluding the option that some specific individual mantras might deserve their own thread. Your experiences, teachers, and...
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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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    announcements Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice

    Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice Buddha Dharma is a big motivation for why this board was founded. It's therefore prudent that we go over some rudimentary recommendations and take everyone though what are the minimal preliminaries for entering the Buddhist practice. This also acts as a...
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    essay Reversing Global Warming

    Here I would like to share a piece of writing done by one of my favourite lamas lama Pema Chophel. Lama Pema Chophel is an American Buddhist lama that has been practicing since the 70's and has been recognized as a trained lama in the Nyingma lineage. I extremely adore him for his traditional...
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    question What Is Energetic Purity?

    First, you should understand that energy has different qualities that give it a tangible form or texture. This would be an esoteric and deep matter to discuss, as it delves deep into alchemy. Let's leave it at that. Second, on a more rational level energy can be like the light wave in that it...
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    group study Short Reviews of Practical Instructions in Meditation, Cultivation, and Inner Alchemy

    Here we compile compact reviews of practical instructions in book, booklet, and relevant electronic formats like Kindle and PDF. The instructions must have formal relevance to inner work: meditation, qigong, inner alchemy, inner martial arts, etc. Esoteric topics and methods like magic and...
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    announcements The History of This Board

    The name of this discussion forum, Alchemical Garden, is not an accident and neither is the existence of this subforum of Herbalism and Naturopathy. I had already decided that in the future I would host a discussion forum that would be centered around external alchemy, mainly of Daoist waidan...