Questioning the Advice of the Guru
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Questioning the Advice of the Guru

You should do everything your guru tells you to do, even if it seems strange, right? Wrong. According to HH the Dalai Lama every student is responsible for checking the guru’s instructions against reason and dharma. The rationalizations that many students tell themselves in the face of odd guru behaviors—“It must be a teaching” or … Continue reading

Qualms Concerning the Lack of Intrinsic Existence
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Qualms Concerning the Lack of Intrinsic Existence

HH the Dalai Lama understands that questions (or “qualms”) naturally arise for students as they think about key Buddhist tenets. In this adaptation from his book Transcendent Wisdom—translated and edited by B. Alan Wallace—he brings up qualms and gives his responses about what it means for things to be real or not real. Qualm: If … Continue reading

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

Setting Motivation: Breathing Exercises
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Setting Motivation: Breathing Exercises

by Leah Zahler Because of the interdependence of the body, channels, winds, and mind, the breath becomes a means of purifying the meditator’s motivation; Gedün Lodrö refers to the process as “the settling down of the winds.” The winds in question here are those of the afflictive emotions—that is, “the coarse winds that serve as … Continue reading