Ani Choying Drolma – CHÖ – Munich 08 ~ Singing/Chanting

From you Tube: ‘Sources describe this practice as if the adept is offering the flesh of his body to be cut to pieces and devoured by the gods, demonic forces etc. The ritual reminds the initiation of a shaman though the attributed meaning is different (as stated above). This particular type of meditation is believed to be extremely mentaly challenging and can be dangerous if not handled appropriately

The founder of the practice of Chöd was in The XII Century by Machig Labdrön, the consort of Padampa Sangye.’

*I found her voice to be beautiful, haunting, and elegant. And I wanted to share 🙂 *

Book Review: ‘The Art of Happiness’ by H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living
What else needs to be said about a classic?  This book literally changed my life.  When I first read the book I was in a really bad spot in my life and need to “change my perspective” and sure enough this book taught me how.

The 10th chapter of the book is entitled “Shifting Perspective”.  His Holiness explains his philosophy on perspective as such “The ability to look at events from different perspectives can be very helpful.  Then, practicing this, one can use certain experiences, certain tragedies to develop a calmness of mind.  One must realize that every phenomena, every event, has different aspects.  Everything is of a relative nature.”  He goes on to explain that allowing our perspective to be so narrow and self-center just furthers our problems and doesn’t allow us to see solutions.

The book, in my opinion, is required reading for anyone.  It isn’t a Buddhist book, it’s a wonderful self discovery book written by a psychiatrist and a monk.  The discussions are incredibly relevant to our busy, over-loaded society where issues of anxiety, depression, anger far outweigh those instances of true sublime happiness.  We all need to learn this Art of Happiness. ~ Digging_the _Dharma

Moral Education begins at home

Whatever the intellectual quality of the education given our children, it is vital that it include elements of love and compassion, for nothing guarantees that knowledge alone will be truly useful to human beings. Among the major troublemakers’ society has known, many were well-educated and had great knowledge, but they lacked a moral education in qualities such as compassion, wisdom, and clarity of vision. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

 

Losar ~ Tashi Delek! 5 March 2011(2138 Tibetan)

Losar is the Tibetan New Year! Tibetan New Year is the most important festival in Tibet. It is an occasion when Tibetan families reunite and expect a better coming year. Known as Losar, the festival starts from 1st to 3rd of the 1st Tibetan month. Specially made offerings are offered to family shrine deities; doors are painted with religious symbols; other painstaking jobs are done to prepare for the event.

Losar is the Tibetan New Year and the first two weeks, in particular, commemorate the time when the Buddha uncharacteristically displayed his power by doing a number of miracles to win over hundreds (if not thousands) of disciples from a teacher who was a non-believer of what the Buddha taught and challenged him to a dual of mystical powers. At the end of the two-week period, the Buddha had clearly won the match, and as a result, all present converted to the practices taught by the Buddha.

The new year spawns a time of increase in virtuous activity amongst Buddhist practitioners. Any actions done during that period of time, for better or worse, are multiplied in their power by virtue of being in alignment or out of alignment with the great deeds the Buddha himself did during this same astrological period over 2500 years ago. It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study as the power of that magical event can be harnessed to assist in our personal evolution towards enlightenment. ~ from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition website. (Please visit the FPMT site, it is full of worthwhile information)

~ This is the Year of the Metal Rabbit, you may see it also written as Iron Rabbit.  ~

Here is a link to the Official Ceremony of Tibetan Losar 2011 at Tsuglag Khang, Dharamsala on First day of Losar (March 5, 2011) :

http://www.tibetonline.tv/player.swf

…bring about inner transformation

The key to genuine happiness is in our hands. To think this way is to discover the essential values of kindness, brotherly love, and altruism. The more clearly we see the benefits of these values, the more we will seek to reject anything that opposes them; in this way, we will be able to bring about inner transformation. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Drepung Loseling Public Talk ~ March 1, 2011

7:30 pm
Public Talk “Reincarnation: A Buddhist Perspective – Part III” by Geshe Dadul Namgyal

This week Geshe Dadul Namgyal will continue with part III of his talks on “Reincarnation”.  He will speak specifically on bardo (the intermediate state) and other related topics.

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