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Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism: The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of Tibetan Buddhist teachings available on the web.

Tibetan Buddhism offers teachings ranging from simple meditation guidelines and methods for rousing compassion to instructions on mantra, visualization, and yogic practice.

H.H. the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the American-born Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön, and many others have been regularly featured in our pages. We invite you to explore the Shambhala Sun’s extensive archive of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.

What the Buddha Taught

The Buddha offered a progression of teachings appropriate to people's different spiritual needs. The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche outlined the three turnings of the wheel of dharma.

Centered at the Summit

Over the decades that Pico Iyer has known His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he has pondered the essence of the man and his importance to the world. He concludes that only the Dalai Lama brings true spiritual peace to the summit of world affairs.

Khandro Rinpoche's Tough Love

She is demanding of her students and uncompromising about the dharma, and she is a rarity—a prominent Tibetan teacher who is a woman. Trish Deitch Rohrer experiences the provocative and challenging Khandro Rinpoche.

Taking Refuge: The Decision to Become a Buddhist

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaches that in the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness.

Buddhism in a Nutshell: The Four Seals of Dharma

People often ask Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: “What is Buddhism in a nutshell?” Or they ask, “What is the particular view or philosophy of Buddhism?” Unfortunately, in the West Buddhism seems to have landed in the religious department, even in the self-help or self-improvement department, and clearly it’s in the trendy meditation department. I would like to challenge the popular definition of Buddhist meditation.

Mahamudra and Dzogchen: Thought-Free Wakefulness

The ability to dissolve thoughts is essential to attaining liberation, says renowned Dzogchen teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Devotion and Pure Perception are two principles that lie at the root of Vajrayana practice that lead beyond confusion to thought-free wakefulness.

The Bodhisattva

The bodhisattva—the renowned ideal of Mahayana Buddhism—is not a god or deity but a way of being we can all aspire to. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains, those who take the bodhisattva vow make one simple commitment: to put others first, holding nothing back for themselves.

No Time to Lose

Pema Chödrön addresses one of the most important of all spiritual questions: How do we free ourselves from the powerful energy of emotional afflictions?

More Related Articles:

The Many Faces of the Dalai Lama, by Barry Boyce
The Wisdom of the Body & the Search for the Self, by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The Five Buddha Families, by Irini Rockwell
Going at Our Own Pace on the Path of Meditation, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
If I'm Lucky They Call Me Unorthodox, by Noa Jones
Counsels From My Heart, by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche
The Lama in the Lab, by Daniel Goleman
Pema Chödrön and Dzigar Kongtrül: Let's Be Honest, by Elizabeth Namgyel


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