Dharma Teachings

The web pages linked from this page are notes from talks given in
Baltimore and at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick Maryland. Our thanksgo to the Ja Ling Center, Susquehanna Yoga Center, and everyone who has assisted in bringing these teachers to Baltimore and Frederick. These notes are not faithful transcripts of the talks, they are summaries and have not been corrected by the speaker.

Introductory Teachings

An introduction to the dharma by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin.

An introductory talk on Buddhist practice by Ari Kiev.

And Drupon Thinley Nyingpo also gave an introduction to Buddhism.

Another talk by Drupon on how to find happiness.

A talk on The four noble truths

A talk on the three vehicles of Buddhism.

A talk on the importance of the sangha. The term sangha refers to the community of practitioners.

The different styles of shamatha meditation taught in Tibetan Buddhism.

A talk on the five poisons and their antidotes.

Khandro Rinpoche's talks at the the Washington DC Shambhala Center and the Baltimore Shambhala Center.

A talk explaining the twelve deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha.

A talk on the significance of the holy days in the Tibetan calendar.

Mahayana Buddhism

The Mahayana teachings describe how one follows the path to full enlightenment by developing impartial compassion for all beings and by cultivating the six perfections: generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic effort, meditation, and non-dual wisdom. These talks cover some aspects of the Mahayana.

A talk explaining The Heart Sutra, the essence of the view of the Mahayna.

Another teaching on the meaning of the Heart Sutra.

The practice of The Four Immeasurables and Bodhicitta.

A talk on cultivating bodhicitta, which explains the role compassion plays in Mahayana Buddhism.

A talk on developing compassion and cultivating the six perfections.

A commentary on The Thirty Seven Actions of a Bodhisattva, a text written by Thogmay Zangpo explaining bodhicitta.

The view of the four philosophical schools of Indian Buddhism and the view of Dzogchen.

Teachings on the perfections of generosity, perseverance, and the stages of the Buddhist path.

A talk on eliminating the kleshas (negative emotions.)

A short talk explaining the dharmakaya and emptiness.

A talk explaining Permissions and Prohibitions, a text composed by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen explaining the Buddhist path.

Teachings explaining Samsara and Nirvna, Two Sides of the Same Hand, another text composed by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen summarizing the Buddhist path of practice.

A talk explaining Chenga Lingpa's Vajra Song, which explains the Mahayana Buddhist path of practice.

Chokyi Drakpa's Thirty Five Verses of Advice, which gives his advice to practitioners on different stages of the Buddhist path.

Two talks explaining the three levels of vows: The Pratimoksha Vows, the Bodhisattva Vows, and the Tantric Samaya Vows.

Mahamudra

Mahamudra is the practice of meditation which identifies enlightenment with the natural state of mind. Any effort to produce calm, bliss, or wisdom is viewed as a contrivance and deviation from this natural mind. By resting the mind without effort or contrivance mind's inherent enlightened nature is revealed.

Garchen Rinpoche's poem explaining the practice of Mahamudra, A River that Cannot be Frozen.

A brief commentary by Garchen Rinpoche on the Dharmadhatu Doha, which sets out the main points of mahaumudra meditation.

An explanation of Milarepa's talk with Nyama Paldarbum, where Milarepa explained how to practice mahamudra.

A brief explanation of the crucial points of Mahamudra.

A fuller explanation of Mahamudra practice.

A talk on the importance of fivefold mahamudra.

A on the Yabzang Dzogchen, the Drikung terma tradition which includes the practice of Dzogchen.

Tantric Teachings and Empowerments

Tantric Budhhism is also called the resultant vehicle, as distinguished from Mahayana Buddhism, which is the causal vehicle. The causal vehicle cultivates the causes of enlightenment, unselfish compassion and the practice of the six perfections. Tantra, the resultant vehicle, is based on the fact that all beings already posess buddha nature and utilizes meditation practices where one visualizes oneself as a buddha. The meditator with firm faith in their inherent buddha nature and devotion to their teacher can make swifter progress with the Tantric teachings than on the Mahayana path.

Garchen Rimpoche gave a talk on the meaning of empowerment and the role of compassion in Buddhism.

A talk on the generation stage of deity yoga.

A talk on tsok practice.

introductory talks on tantra and the bardo.

How to practice to prepare for the between life state of the bardo.

Another explanation of the bardo teachings based on the text, The Mirror of Mindfulness.

Another talk on the bardo.

A teaching on the Green Tara sadhana.

The meaning of the Chenrezig sadhana and the benefits of Chenrezig practice.

The meaning of the six syllable mantra of Chrenrezig, "Om mani padme hum."

A brief talk on Achi Drolma's biography.

The practice of Phowa and the Amitabha sadhana. Phowa is a practice done at the time of dath to transfer the consciousness to Dewachen, the pure land of Amitabha.

A talk explaining the Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava according to Mipham's commentary.

A talk on the life of Yeshe Tsogyal, the consort of Guru Padmasambhava

The importance of lineage in Gong Chig.

Jigten Sumgon's commentary on various aspects of Buddha Dharma from the Gong Chik.

Guenthesaurus

Several years ago Khandro Rinpoche asked her students to read Herbert Guenther's Kindly Bent to Ease Us to prepare for her visit. We were stumped by some of the terms used in the translation so we put our heads together and came up with a consensus translation. Dylan Smith formatted the results as a page on Khandro Rinpoche's web site. When the site was redesigned, the page was removed. So, to rescue it for posterity, I grabbed in from Google's cache and found a place for the Guenthesaurus on this site.