Heart of the Victors
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Heart of the Victors

Beginning and end depend on nothing but imagination. Through windlike formation, Karma and afflictions are created. Through these, the skandhas, dhatus, and ayatanas— All dualistically appearing phenomena—are displayed. The one who adopts and rejects these is mistakenness. Through rejecting [mind’s] own appearances, where should they cease? Through adopting [mind’s] own appearances, what should come about? … Continue reading

A Guide to the Five Maitreya Texts: The “Zip Files” of the Mahayana
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A Guide to the Five Maitreya Texts: The “Zip Files” of the Mahayana

by Karl Brunnhölzl The five works that the Tibetan tradition ascribes to Maitreya resemble zip files that contain all the profound and vast topics of the Buddhist teachings. In their traditional order: The Ornament of Clear Realization comments on the emptiness taught in the prajnaparamita sutras and on what happens in the minds of bodhisattvas … Continue reading

Liberation and Nirvana
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Liberation and Nirvana

According to Sthiramati, though samsara has the nature of nirvana, in ordinary beings true reality is obscured by their tendencies of clinging to a self and really existing phenomena. Thus, they do not see emptiness, which actually exists, but they naturally perceive the actually nonexistent phenomena of apprehender and apprehended, just as when mistakenly not … Continue reading

The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition
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The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition

Excerpts from the Preface Given the number of studies on Madhyamaka in general and the quantity of translations of Madhyamaka texts into Western languages, one might well wonder what the point of yet another book on this topic, with yet another translation of the ninth chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara, might be. The brief answer to … Continue reading