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The Freedom of Milarepa

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 5th December 2021

We shouldn’t bother wishing to be like the rich and famous. We probably have no idea of the trouble, anxiety and feelings of dissatisfaction that plague them. We should instead look up to and aspire to be like those who have control over their minds. When I was in Namo Buddha just now, I was […]

Moments of Clarity

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, October 2021

Here’s are some good questions you can ask yourself occasionally: What if everyone were like me? What would happen to my community if everyone had the same degree of care and concern for others as me? What would happen to the community if everyone offered the same amount of service as me? What would happen […]

Meditation Suicide

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 7th February 2018

If you are serious about learning mahamudra or dzogchen and you think you will have the opportunity to receive such authentic meditation instructions from a qualified lama, you should avoid reading any books or texts on these topics beforehand. To do so would be to commit meditation suicide. The vocabulary from such books that will […]

The Liberating Lives of the Lineage Masters

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 1st June 2020

For someone who aspires to practice the dharma, it is very important to read or hear the liberating lives of the masters of whichever lineage of teachings we follow. Even a little knowledge about their lives can help inspire faith and trust in the dharma and lineage. And when there is faith and trust, our […]

Recognising the Nature of Mind

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 10th September 2021

In its simplest form, to recognise the nature of mind is to recognise the thoughts that run through our head and our habitual ways of thinking. It’s impossible to recognise the true nature of mind without first recognising the grosser nature of mind. The role of the lama is to first introduce us to the […]

It Starts at Home

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 10th September 2021

We do not practise the dharma to attain authority over others, to be in charge. On the contrary, we practise to become a servant or assistant to others. Our practice is to put our self-interest aside for the sake of all beings. But this has to start with those we are closest to; if we […]

Dharma Excursions

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, October 2021

A young child is happy to play with other children for a while but its heart lies with its mother. It is happy as long as its mother is in sight. Likewise, us modern day Buddhists are happy to play with the dharma for a while but our hearts lie with the world. We will […]

What Enslaves Us

Whatever we are attached to becomes our boss. Our desires enslave us.

There’s Good in Each of Us

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, Autumn 2021

If you wish to progress in your practice it is very important to think positively of others. This is more than doable because every person has something positive or admirable about them. Merely by the fact of being human – of all the six different classes of beings, humans are rare and special – so […]

A Reply to a Student

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, August 2021

Yesterday Olga requested some practice instructions. She said she gave up everything in order to come here and rely on me – her career, her status, her financial security and so on. So what I’ll say in reply is, ok, you gave up these things to come and train under my guidance, now on top […]

Look Before You Chuck

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 27th August 2019

If we regard our afflictions as something like garbage to be thrown out and gotten rid of, then we won’t look at them very carefully. As soon as we notice an affliction, we will immediately want to get rid of it, won’t we? Taking this approach our practice will become more and more difficult and […]

The Measure of our Practice

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, Summer 2021

Our normal way of being will show us how our practice is going, not how long we can sit on the cushion.

Go Easy on the Platitudes

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 21st July 2021

In Tibetan Buddhist circles you hear many people theses days referring to their lama as Buddha so-and-so, or Dorje Chang so-and-so. But in truth only those who have attained accomplishment can see their lamas as Dorje Chang, Vajradhara. Ordinary beings cannot. I think I have quite strong faith in my Lamas, I think it would […]

No Time for Anger

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 21st July 2021

Venerable Tashi came to see me today to confess that he had become angry at me for what he thought was me wasting his time. But, Venerable Tashi, you should know that if you had even a shred of a practitioner’s way of thinking, and are someone who is truly careful with their time, then […]

How to Approach Formal Practice Sessions

Meditation Retreat, Kagyu Samye Ling, Scotland, 10th Oct 2016

In general we should set aside a particular time for formal practice, and keep to it very conscientiously. Within the sessions we should apply the methods taught for clearing agitation and dullness, and do our very best not to fall under their sway. The level of concentration and care with which we should try to […]