Glimpses of Vajrayana

The tantric path requires complete engagement and fierce dedication. There is a quality of directness, abruptness, and wholeheartedness to it, and it is said to be the more rapid but more dangerous path.

Taught by: Judith L. Lief

Glimpses of Mahamudra

Mahamudra is a meditation tradition within tantric Buddhism that points to the nature of awareness itself, elevating our ordinary perception to the level of the sacred. In this view, all experiences arise from a mind that is naturally vast, empty, and luminous.

Taught by: Judith L. Lief

Discovering the Relaxed Mind

Learn a seven-step meditation practice, concisely and practically adapted from the meditation techniques of three major Buddhist traditions—Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana—which Tibetan Buddhism knits into a seamless whole.

Taught by: Dza Kilung Rinpoche


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The Meaning of Shambhala

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Protective Powers of Mantras

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Jamgon Mipham on Enlightened Activity

From the Snow Lion Archive Enlightened Activity by Jamgön Mipham We’re all aiming to bring our actions more and more in accord with enlightenment. This excerpt from Luminous Essence by Jamgön Mipham offers a map of how that might look. In terms of its goal, enlightened activity can be either supreme...
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Jamgon Kongtrul on the Creation Phase

In this excerpt taken from the Introduction to The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Eight, Part Three: The Elements of Tantric Practice, the translator gives an interesting synopsis of aspects of practice that are covered in greater detail in the text. Kongtrul discusses many details of the creation-phase...
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Jeffrey Hopkins on Dealing with Demons

by Jeffrey Hopkins When we do deity yoga we need to be very careful that our unconscious contents don’t arise and mix into the practice or get projected. There could be no better guide through potential pitfalls than Jeffrey Hopkins, perhaps the most widely respected American scholar of Tibetan Buddhism,...
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