Buddhist Theory of Personality Types: The Right Meditation for Each Type
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Buddhist Theory of Personality Types: The Right Meditation for Each Type

Asanga discusses a range of issues that relate to different kinds of personality types. One classification of seven types is based on the degree to which an individual may be susceptible to any of five mental afflictions. They are described as:     (1) one who has a strong tendency to develop desire;     (2) one who has … Continue reading

Running (Well) On Empty: An Interview with Guy Newland
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Running (Well) On Empty: An Interview with Guy Newland

Emptiness is perhaps the most important—yet difficult to define—topic in Buddhism. Guy Newland, author of Introduction to Emptiness—a kind of every-person’s guide to the intricacies of various explanations of emptiness—based his book on The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path: The Lamrim Chenmo by Tsong-kha-pa, of which he was the editor. Here he … Continue reading

The Dalai Lama’s Favorite Meditation
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The Dalai Lama’s Favorite Meditation

The Dalai Lama is particularly fond of a meditation that promotes taking responsibility for others’ well-being. Based on A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by the eighth-century Indian scholar yogi-poet Shantideva, he calls for imagining a three-sided scene. In meditation:        1. Imagine that you are your better, more relaxed, confident, and wise           self in … Continue reading

Establishing Appearances as Divine
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Establishing Appearances as Divine

In the Black Snake Discourse, Rongzom explains the differing approaches found within the Buddhist vehicles through the example of a black snake’s reflection appearing in water. This discussion illustrates well Rongzom’s critique of the Madhyamaka for failing to recognize the indivisibility of the two truths. Rongzom argues that the Madhyamikas claim that, although in reality … Continue reading

Get Out of the Construction Business
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Get Out of the Construction Business

Get out of the construction business! Stop building bridges across the raging waters of samsaric existence, attempting to reach the “far shore,” nirvana. Better to simply relax, at ease and carefree, in total naturalness, and just go with the primordial flow, however it occurs and happens. And remember this: whether or not you go with … Continue reading

Dzogchen: How Not to Get Lost on the Direct Path
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Dzogchen: How Not to Get Lost on the Direct Path

Although—or perhaps because—Dzogchen is a “pathless path,” practitioners can sometimes go astray. In this excerpt, adapted from Natural Great Perfection, Nyoshul Khenpo gives essential guidance on how not to get side-tracked. If one practices the incredibly rare and profound teaching of Dzogchen, nondual Dzogchen, with an intention like this: “I want Dzogchen, I want enlightenment. … Continue reading