Cultivating True Compassion: The Bodhisattva Vow

Meditation Instructor Marcus Casey continues our study of the book Cultivating True Compassion by Thrangu Rinpoche, covering the chapter which focuses on The Bodhisattva Vow. Our high ideals in wanting to live a life of love and compassion are tested when we take the Bodhisattva Vow, in which we promise to watch for – and diminish – selfish fixation in all aspects of our lives. In this chapter Thrangu Rinpoche discusses the Vow, how we take it and maintain it.

Cultivating True Compassion, Training in Bodhichitta, Part 2: A Higher View

Meditation Instructor Eric Weinberg continues our study of Chapter 3 of the book Cultivating True Compassion by Thrangu Rinpoche. The title of today’s talk is Training in Bodhichitta, Part 2: A Higher View. Moral discipline is the basis for all Buddhist cultivation, but great masters of the past joined that discipline with a higher view of reality as being the unity of emptiness and apperarance. Thrangu Rinpoche discusses the Vajrayana tradition’s view in general and the Mahamudra and Dzogchen views in particular.

Cultivating True Compassion, Training in Bodhichitta, Part 1: Disciplines

Meditation Instructor Marcus Casey continues our examination of the book Cultivating True Compassion by Thrangu Rinpoche. Once we aspire to transform ourselves through love and compassion, we need to discipline the mind to resist the selfish habits that have kept us captive for so long in the world of suffering the Buddha called “samsara.” Through moral discipline and training in samadhi (meditative absorption) we build a framework that will take us all the way to enlightenment.

Cultivating Bodhichitta, Part 1: The Three Stages of Developing a Loving Heart

Thrangu Rinpoche starts by showing how great masters studied and practiced bodhicitta (“the mind of awakening”) and then describes how we begin our practice and then develop in love through three stages of development.

Developing Love and Compassion

Living a life of love and compassion is an ideal for us all, but how do we even start on such a path? The great Indian Buddhist master Atisha gives us an outline in his text, “A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment.” Thrangu Rinpoche begins explaining this text by showing how caring for others (love) and wishing for their freedom from suffering (compassion) begins our development of new life habits. Sending and Receiving Meditation (also called “Tong-Len”) is taught in this lesson.