How to Purify Obscurations
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How to Purify Obscurations

by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen OK, we haven’t exactly been angelic all our lives—and our “obscurations” are part of the cause. Buddhism prescribes certain steps to help purify our misdeeds. This clear description of those steps is adapted here from A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen. Application of the following four … Continue reading

Empowerment
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Empowerment

What actually happens when we receive an empowerment? Here, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche helps us to understand a little about it, in this adaptation from Entrance to the Great Perfection: A Guide to the Dzogchen Preliminary Practices, a compilation created by Cortland Dahl. The term “empowerment” derives from the Sanskrit word “abisheka.” Sanskrit is an exceptionally … Continue reading

The Power of Loving Kindness
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The Power of Loving Kindness

by Michele Levey Creating a field of loving kindness is a very powerful meditation for daily life. Loving kindness and a good heart create the most powerful protection. The red cord that lamas give as a blessing during ceremonies actually stands for loving kindness. Buddha Shakyamuni was able to overcome all hindrances and temptations through … Continue reading