Author Archives: Jim Yeh
Solitary retreat remains one of our most poignant practice experiences. To retreat means to abandon our usual routine and enter into a world of simplicity, focused meditation practice and inspired contemplation. While solitary retreats are recommended for those truly seeking realization, even those just exploring the spiritual path will find retreat practice valuable. These days […]
Most religions have rituals or prayers involving food, whether it be offering, receiving or consuming food. In Buddhism, the practice of giving food to monks begging for alms began during the life of the historical Buddha and continues to this day. But what about the food that we eat ourselves? What is the Buddhist equivalent […]
Migtsema for Peace Project September 24th – October 24th 2013 Dear everyone – There is so much violence in the world today. The seemingly endless bloodshed in the Middle East, increasingly frequent mass shootings in the US, international terrorism and on and on. Wherever we are in the world it is hard to deny what […]
This is a prayer for circumstances conducive to a pure unhindered practice in future lives, The prayer moves through the various stages of the Mahayana path, from being born into the kind of family conducive to becoming a monk. to meeting with spiritual friends and masters, to maintaining unflagging enthusiasm for study and practice, to renoucning the pleasures of this life, and finally to manifesting the perfection of the bodhisattva path. As well as being a preayer of great devotion, it is somewhat autobiographical in that it maps out Tsongkhapa’s own life and practice.
In the Western intellectual world, the common interpretation is that Lama Je Tsong Khapa was just a professor. Western people do not recognize him as a great yogi, a great practitioner, a mahasiddha. Actually, Lama Tsong Khapa taught and wrote more on tantra than on sutra, but because he did not show his mahasiddha aspect, […]
The best known and most widespread among the many schools of the Tibetan tradition today is the Gelugpa, sometimes simply referred to as the Yellow Hat school. It is a school of Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), one of Tibet’s greatest scholars. During Lama Tsongkhapa’s time, there was no one master or school versed in […]
Illustrated by a set of fifteen traditional thangkas presently kept at Sera monastery in South India, the text highlights the meditative experiences, the inspiring visions and the extraordinary deeds of this incomparable Master who devoted all his time and energy to the study and combined practice of Sutras and Tantras When this group of fifteen […]