Excerpts

Not Outside of Our Mind

The three jewels are not outside of our own mind, if they were, they wouldn’t be able to give us refuge or protection.

Emptiness and Causality

The more we understand emptiness, the more confidence we will have in the law of causality.

Reading the Lama’s Mind

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 14th March 2021

Whether we come to have a good understanding of the dharma or not is determined by how well we are able to understand the intention of the lama who is teaching us. In truth, what we are trying to learn in the dharma is nothing other than the intention and view of the lama. It […]

Each to Their Own

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 8 December 2020

I sometimes think that I am a faithless individual, because I rarely have faith in the types of lamas and things that other Buddhists seem to have faith in. At other times I think I have very strong faith, but it is just a bit unusual. For example, I can come across an old Nepali […]

The Bees Are Busy but Where’s the Honey

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 20 August 2020

Everyone on the planet is busy doing something or other; you almost never see anyone spending their life just lying around doing nothing. Nevertheless, only a few achieve great and meaningful things in their life, the vast majority do not. Why? It is because most people are aimless, they are only contending with the things […]

Study or meditation?

Teachings on the "Torch of Certainty", 2015

When people hear the word ‘Buddhism’, the first thing that comes to mind is probably meditation; they feel that meditation is the essence or the root of Buddhism. There is good reason for that but there is another perspective that is less common, which is that study is foremost in Buddhism. One of the many […]

Offering up our delusion

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 2nd September 2020

Why is the mandala practice so meritorious? One reason is that most of our suffering is our own creation. We fabricate ideas about ourselves and the world, cling to them as real, and suffer as a consequence. So our practice, whatever it is must reduce our clinging if we are going to overcome suffering. In […]

The Liberation Stories of the Kagyu Masters – Day 14

Online Teaching from Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 14 June 2020

Question: If we truly want to follow the path of the Mahamudra in this life, is it possible to do this whilst engaging in an “ordinary life” with jobs, partners, houses and so on? Or, if we want to make the most of this precious human birth and follow the gift of dharma, do we […]

The Liberation Stories of the Kagyu Masters – Day 13

Online Teaching from Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 13 June 2020

Many people see mahamudra and dzogchen to be rather easy. But the early masters of Kagyu lineages didn’t see them to be easy, just look how hard they worked and what they put themselves through to attain them. For example Naropa was already a pandita, had advanced practice generation stage practice, and even had visions […]