Amitabha Powa Practice. A practice from the sadhana edited by Losang Rinpoche, which can be downloaded from our website by clicking here. We'll also post up a brief description soon. Thank you.
Lama Losang continues his discussion of Shantideva's Chapter 8, "Meditation," and on the particular subject of attachment.
Training the mind; mental training. The Three Poisons (Anger, Attachment and Ignorance) meet the Three Baskets (Morality, Concentration (Calm Abiding) and Wisdom) in Shantideva's verses 2 - 5 in his chapter entitled Meditation. If our minds are all over the place, how can we see the causes of our own suffering, or of our happiness, of peace? It is often not difficult to see how anger clouds our minds, and obscures our view of reality. Attachment however is more subtle, yet obscures our minds equally. At the same time, attachment, when entered into without ego involvement, can serve as the very basis for our compassion towards others. How to square these two understandings of attachment with each other? Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche, explains.
A dharma talk on Chapter 8, "Meditation," by Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche, Verse 1. What are the elements necessary to maintain concentration? From the standpoint of the body, it's important to follow the Seven (or Eight, in Tantra) Postures (legs, arms/hands, back, eyes, jaw, tongue, head and, in Tantra, breathing). Then, it's important to understand the six consciousnesses. They are the five sense consciousnesses - eye, ear, nose, touch, taste, smell - and mental consciousness. There is always an object, subject, and in a way, a second subject - the mental consciousness. It is the mental consciousness that is used in Meditation. An example of mental consiousness include our memories, or use of memory. Thus an important part of meditation is to slow down the sense consciousnesses, so that they do not interrupt our concentration, or mental consciousness. Visualization, for example, employs our mental consciousness, which settles on the image, and eye consciousness, which we use to visualize the image. (The sound quality is a little below normal for this recording.)
Excerpts from Lama Losang's one day meditation retreat at the center on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, following Losang's return from summer retreat in India. Homage to Buddha Shakyamuni (chanting), silent meditation (edited), teaching and discussion on Shamatha meditation, on the nature of the mind, on Guru Yoga, and Tantra; followed by Padmasmbhava Guru Yoga (portions), practice and discussion. (1 of 2) (This description may be updated.)
The Buddha taught three collections of teachings over 46 years. The second focused on the understanding of no-self. The shortest teaching was, Ah. For those who did not understand this alone, he taught the slightly more elaborate two-page Heart (of Wisdom) Sutra (Tib. sherap nyingpo). Ideally this conceptualization of the Buddhist wisdom points to a deeper nonconceptual reality that we can taste and experience in order to enhance our compassion. As has become a tradition at the beginning of a major teaching, His Holiness the Dalai Lama requests the reading of the Heart Sutra in Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, sometimes Korean, Japanese, and now for several years, English. The English version now in use, which we are fortunate to be able to offer here, was translated by a group of westerners in Dharamsala, including our dear friend and teacher, Ven. Barry Kerzin (Tenzin Choerab). The translation is accompanied by a commentary by Ven. Barry, authored at the request of our center in August 2013. (The description above adopted from the materials.)
From Lama Losang: This video is taken at a nunnery in a village called Thamo. They are practicing a prayer called Cho which means cutting the delusion. Such a wonderful simple nunnery.....a place where I visited when I was age of 6.
Panden Lhamo Tea Ceremony, January 1, 2013, led by Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche. The written sadhana for this practice can be downloaded for free from the Prayers and Practices page of our website.
Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche; Sunday Morning Sangha. It could be said that we engage in Buddhist meditation practice to see ourselves as we truly are. And when we understand ourselves as we truly are, we can see and understand others and the universe as they are, too. Lama Losang discusses why it's preferable to utilize pure objects of meditation, and not others absent of these qualities, followed by an explanation of some of the various types of meditation one can use to accomplish these aims. Discussed in particular are shamatha meditation, used in conjunction with analytical (Vipassana), Emptiness, and Tantric meditation. Practicing in this way can help us to avoid being drawn into adopting either of the Two Extremes (nihilism and absolute existence), and instead, to draw closer to understanding the Two Truths (conventional and ultimate reality) and interdependence. Also discussed are the available virtues of attachment and romantic attachment, and other topics. The hour concludes with traditional dedication prayers.
Our Sunday Morning Sangha. Lama Losang Samten, Rinpoche, leads this Green Tara practice, Homage to 21 Taras, on this beautiful Sunday morning before the start of Losang la's annual summer meditation retreat, in Nepal and India.