Upcoming Cinema Shikpo: Openness Clarity Sensitivity Part II

From Heart of Buddha:  Openness Clarity Sensitivity (Oxford 2016) One of the Ati texts says: Even though sentient beings like ourselves suffer all the pangs of samsaric existence, they never did anything wrong. And Samantabhadra, the All-Good, who never fell into samsaric existence and never suffered, never did a good…

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Monthly Dharma Quotation: On The Importance of Teachers

Nobody can tell you, “Reality is like this!” or “Read my book for a complete explanation of all the secrets of the universe.” The truth has to be perceived directly, which is why even buddhas can never really communicate it to others. It isn’t that they don’t want to; we…

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Just Announced: New Cinema Shikpo on Friday 13 August

From Heart of Buddha:  Openness Clarity Sensitivity (Oxford 2016) The mind becomes bored very easily, so it begins to create things to make life interesting for you. It starts creating its own picture show. And the picture show is just thoughts, images, feelings. Sometimes they’re happy; sometimes they’re not.  Funnily…

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Monthly Dharma Quotation: On Feeling Guilty

Opinions, emotions, prejudices and ideas change, but even so they are still what we identify with. We think all this is ‘me,’ but actually it is just something that arises within that space [of] awareness and sensitivity. It is just a feature of that. The person in charge is not…

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Monthly Dharma Quotation: On the Power of Superstition

This month’s quotation is from a teaching Rigdzin Shikpo gave on Refuge and Bodhisattva vows. The entire teaching is made available to students who prepare to go for refuge with Rigdzin Shikpo. Some practice traditions are based on a kind of superstition in making bold statements like “May I die…

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New Path of Freedom Courses Starting This Week

Both the Oxford and Bristol Path of Freedom groups are starting new courses this week as we ease into the summer months. Both courses are part of our Path of Freedom programme, a curriculum that is open to all and establishes a basic grounding in Buddhist ideas and practice through…

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Monthly Dharma Quotation: On The Importance of The View

Meditation is most powerful and effective when we start with the right kind of view. View, in this sense, is a way of seeing that leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of experience, rather than holding a particular dogma or set of beliefs. Our ordinary worldview is something…

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CINEMA SHIKPO – Talk 2 Mandala Principles – May 28

From Mandala Principles in the Dzogchen Tradition (Heidelberg 2016) If the buddhas are able infinitely to help sentient beings, why is the world in such a mess? Well, you must never forget that everybody who isn’t a fully enlightened buddha is a confused, unenlightened buddha.  And that means you can…

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