Created Nirmanakaya: Statues, Thankgas and Scriptures

The Buddha’s Body, Speech and Mind are often referred to as the “Three Bodies of the Buddha” and are called “Nirmanakaya” (form body), “Samboghakaya,” (majestic body), and “Dharmakaya” (Wisdom body). Artwork used in Tibetan altars and temples symbolize these three bodies of the Buddha and provide inspiration for practitioners. What is the function of Buddhist images and sacred spaces, and what is the benefit of sponsoring them? Lama Kathy will talk about the concept of “created Nirmanakaya,” and how the Buddha manifests wisdom and compassion in the world through art.

Bad News for Ego, Good News for Buddha Nature

As we go through our daily lives, we’re often confronted with criticism from other people. Whether true or untrue, these criticisms frequently get under our skin and bruise our ego. How does a follower of dharma work with criticism? In this talk, Lama Kathy gives us new perspectives on an age-old problem.

The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer, Its History and Meaning

Meditation Instructor Cathy Lhamo Jackson reviews the proper posture for Shamata, or quiet sitting meditation, and gives a teaching on the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer, detailing its history, its meaning, and its importance in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lamas, Rituals, and Aspirations: Tibetan Buddhism Explained – Part 2

“Lamas, Rituals, and Aspirations: Tibetan Buddhism Explained” Part 2. In this second lecture, Lama Kathy reviews how to properly view and evaluate a teacher, how to practice level-headed devotion, and comments on His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s dharma activities in the United States.

Lamas, Rituals, and Aspirations: Tibetan Buddhism Explained – Part 1

When Western scholars began to study Tibetan Buddhism decades ago, they called it ‘Lamaism’ because of its emphasis on the role of the teacher as a spiritual guide for the aspiring student. But what is a Lama? And what is the function of ritual and aspiration in the Tibetan Buddhist path? This talk explores these questions and opens the door to understanding Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice.

What Does It Mean to Be a Fool?

We’ve all felt foolish, at one time or another, and this talk – given appropriately on April Fool’s Day – takes a look at the teachings the Buddha gave about what constitutes real foolishness. Quoting from the book of the Buddha’s sayings, “The Dhammapada,” Lama Kathy comments on the foolish view of selfishness – and how we can begin to let go of our foolish ways.

Day of a Buddhist Practitioner, Part 1: Dharma Upon Awakening

Series description: Being a dharma practitioner means developing mindfulness and insight not just when we’re on the cushion, but in our everyday lives. This series, loosely based on Bokar Rinpoche’s book “The Day of a Buddhist Practitioner” offers strategies for extending our mindfulness into everyday experiences.

Episode description: When awakening from sleep every morning, we’re often under the influence of habit – our morning rituals can put our minds on automatic pilot and dampen our ability to be mindful and present. By engaging gratitude, a sense of presence of awakened beings in our lives, and a pure intention, we can start the journey of our day with an eye toward awakening.

Lojong Slogan Spotlight: “Think of All Phenomena as Being Dreamlike”

Worry and anxiety are sometimes so close and immediate in our minds that we don’t always recognize their presence – but we can definitely feel their negative effects. Through understanding how our minds create our experience of the world, we can begin to loosen the fixations that give rise to worry and anxiety. This talk describes how to begin to loosen our fixations through an intellectual examination of the nature our minds and the world around us.

Rebirth in Every Moment: How We Can Remove Obstacles to Change

This stand-alone New Year’s Day talk reviews common dharmic aspirations and how we might strategize success in our dharma practice in the coming year. Working to combat negative habits such as perfectionism, expectation and anxiety, we are able to reduce the self-clinging that can creep into even our dharma practice.

What Is the Nyung-ne Retreat? Also: Explanation of the Lojong Slogan, “Drive All Blames into One.”

In the first part of this two-part Dharma Talk, Lama Kathy explains the Tibetan fasting retreat called “Nyungne” and talks about the benefits of this two-and-a-half day retreat. In the second part, she explains the meaning of the Mahayana Mind Training slogan “Drive All Blames into One,” showing how we can reverse the habit of blaming others when bad things happen in our lives. A lively question period includes the question, “What is the relationship between karma and accidents?”