Understanding the “Four Orders” of Tibetan Buddhism
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Understanding the “Four Orders” of Tibetan Buddhism

Being identified with one of the four orders—Geluk, Kagyu, Nyingma, or Sakya—may say less about one’s practices than we think, according to Ngawang Zangpo, translator of Jamgon Kongtrul’s The Treasury of Knowledge: Books 2-4: Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet, in this adaptation from his translator’s postscript. The four orders of Tibetan Buddhism are, simply put, institutions—containers … Continue reading

When Difficulties are a Sign of Progress
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When Difficulties are a Sign of Progress

In his Dzogchen teachings, Guru Padma sambhava urged his disciples to keep going beyond the boulders on the road of meditation. In Tibet, there are lots of boulders on the roads, but in America, we would probably say “the potholes in the streets.” Experiencing these difficulties is a sign that you are actually moving. Whether … Continue reading