No Freedom from Delusion
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

No Freedom from Delusion

All apparent phenomena are nothing but delusion, and there is, moreover, no freedom from delusion to be achieved by dispelling delusion. Delusion is, by its own essence, completely pure and, hence, enlightened. All phenomena are, in this way, primordially, fully, and completely enlightened. Phenomena appearing as various attributes are, therefore, indeed the mandala of vajra … Continue reading

Mental Burning
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Mental Burning

Examining the understanding of heat in Vajrayana gives insight into tantra’s somewhat different embrace of classical Buddhist imagery. From this perspective, the experience of mental burning is indeed the central suffering of our lives. It is the experiential dimension of the intensity of our obscurations, whether emotional, conceptual, or habitual. But rather than attempting to … Continue reading

Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

Cyclic existence continues to evolve through the power of the unbroken relationship of the twelve links of dependent origination. What are these twelve? They are (1) ignorance, which afflicts wandering beings by keeping them from seeing true reality. In obscuring the perception of true reality, ignorance also functions as the source for the subsequent links, … Continue reading