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- Tibetan Calendar for Purification Dates
- New Arrivals
- Practices to Remove Obstacles
- Purifying Audio & Video
- Vajrasattva Thangkas
- Purifying Poster & Cards
- Mandala Magazine
While insight meditation on the graduated path is the actual way to liberation, when you feel that you cannot meditate – there are too many interruptions, you cannot do anything, you cannot solve your problems – remember that there is something else you can do to remove obstacles to your progress: purification.
–Lama Thubten Yeshe
Tibetan Calendar for Purification Dates
|2016 Liberation Tibetan Calendar
The Liberation calendar
includes the Tibetan
lunar dates and information about more than thirty kinds of practice
auspicious and inauspicious days for each month. Every year since 1999, Liberation Prison Project has produced and sold thousands of Liberation Tibetan lunar calendars to support their work, helping people in prison with their Buddhist practice. The calendar is prepared by astrologer Ngawang Thartho based on the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institutes calendar, with additional advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of FPMT, and Geshe Ngawang Dakpa.
|Prostrations, The Preliminary
Practice of Prostrations eBook
Prostrations to the Thirty-five (35) Confession Buddhas with
recitation of the "Bodhisattva's Confession of Moral Downfalls" from
the Sutra of Three Heaps, is one of the most powerful methods available to
purify harmful actions we have done in the past. By doing this practice
mindfully, we can prevent unwanted sufferings from occurring in the future. In
addition, this practice clears away obstacles to our practice and opens the
mind to gain realizations on the path.
|Flower Offering Card
Lama Zopa Rinpoche created this offering card as a welcoming and explanatory sign for anyone visiting the gardens of his house in Aptos, California, USA. Rinpoche has said that anyone can use this where there are many flower and water bowl offerings.
Practices to Remove Obstacles
The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva
Doing Vajrasattva retreat is not
simply about reciting the mantra and saying some prayers; it is about making
the practice effective for your mind, making it the quickest, most powerful way
to transform your mind. Experienced meditators have advised that, in general,
it is more important to put your everyday life's effort into the practice of
purification - this is the way to attain spiritual realization. This practice
booklet contains the short and long practice of Vajrasattva as well as
Vajrasattva tsog. It also contains commentary, retreat advice, altar set-up, and retreat preliminaries by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
|The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations
It is said that if you do this practice first thing in the morning, all your other prayers and activities of the day will be empowered. This recently revised version contains new extensive commentary on the practice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (from the Lama Tsongkhapa retreat in 2004), as well as teachings on karma, options for extended practice, and instructions on how to complete a 100,000 prostration retreat.
|Practices to Benefit
Pretas, Nagas and Spirits
The practices of offering charity to spirits, nagas and pretas are often recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche – both for the benefit of the practitioner and for the benefit of the beings to which the practices are dedicated. These practices are being made available to the general public and we have compiled them, along with advice and commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in one convenient booklet.
|Dorje Khadro - The Preliminary
Practice of Dorje Khadro
Making burning offerings to Dorje Khadro (Vajradaka) is considered to be "a golden Dharma" passed directly from Manjushri to Lama Tsongkhapa. It was one of Lama Tsongkhapa's heart practices and, as such, has a special connection with the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The practice of Dorje Khadro comes highly praised for its power to purify negative karma in general, but especially for its ability to purify obstacles caused by broken vows and samaya related to highest yoga tantra.
Common to all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of Vajrasattva is used to purify obstacles to spiritual development, negative karma and illness. Lama Yeshe, the inspirational teacher who strongly influenced the development of Buddhism in the West, found that the practice of Vajrasattva brought dramatic results for his Western students. Becoming Vajrasattva, is a complete guide to this purification practice, providing instruction on the method, commentary on the traditional texts, and insight into tantra.
|Three Sets of Vows
and Their Commitments
Three Sets of Vows and Their Commitments contains detailed descriptions of refuge and lay vows, bodhisattva vows, and tantric vows. Includes commentary on the samayas of the Five Buddha Families, long and short versions of the Six Session Guru Yoga, an abbreviated tsog offering, and ceremony for Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts, and a list of helpful resources.
|Direct and Unmistaken Method:
Practice and Benefits of
the 8 Mahayana Precepts
Many people ask, "What can I do to make my life meaningful – especially when facing problems and depression?" One answer is to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts. The Eight Mahayana Precepts are a powerful and effective way for you to build, maintain and increase deep propensities for spiritual practice and attainment and thus is a profound method for giving meaning to your precious human life.
Module Fourteen - Special Integration Practices - Hard Copy
This module, unlike the previous 13, does not include audio of teachings and guided meditations. Instead, it is designed for personal practice, the tool by which all of the teachings become integrated with one's mind and daily life. The practices taught in this module fulfill the direct advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for anyone wishing to fully experience the results of the Discovering Buddhism program.
Purifying Audio & Video
|A Short Vajrasattva Meditation CD
Vajrasattva practice is one of the best ways to purify negative karma, and thus avoid future suffering and clear away obstacles preventing progress in the spiritual path. This CD follows the skillful method to purify negative karma contained in A Short Vajrasattva Meditation, written by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It walks practitioners through the four opponent powers necessary for purification together with Vajrasattva mantra recitation.
|Practice of Prostrations
to the 35 Buddhas - CD
This CD follows the booklet The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations and is the extensive performance of this purification practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The practice begins with a motivation and visualization and proceeds through the recitation of the names of the 35 Buddhas in English, confession prayers and dedication, all recited by Ven. Sarah Thresher.
A Short Practice - MP3 Download
Vajrasattva practice is one of the best ways to purify negative karma, and thus avoid future suffering and to clear away obstacles preventing progress on the spiritual path. This audio program follows the skillful method to purify negative karma contained in A Short Vajrasattva Meditation, written by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It walks practitioners through the four opponent powers necessary for purification together with Vajrasattva mantra recitation.
|Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog CD
The Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog offering was written by Lama Thubten Yeshe. This CD contains a recording of Lama Yeshe himself chanting the Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog for the last time before he passed away in 1984.
|Offering Tsok to Heruka Vajrasattva: Lama Yeshe - DVD
Practitioners of the mother class of Highest Yoga Tantra must offer tsok to the guru-deity twice a month. Most perform the Guru Puja in fulfillment of this requirement, but in 1982 Lama Yeshe wrote the Heruka Vajrasattva tsok offering "in case students were getting bored with the older pujas. It's shorter, too, and therefore suits our busy Western lifestyles!"
|Vajrasattva Thangka Medium Plus - High Quality Brocade
Vajrasattva (Tib. dorje sempa) "Dorsem" is the buddha of purification. As the "action" or karma protector, he also manifests the energies of all Buddhas. The size of the image is 12 x 15 inches (30 x 38 cm) and with the brocade 23 x 33 inches (61 x 81 cm) approximately.
|Vajrasattva with Consort Thangka Medium Plus - High Quality Brocade
Vajrasattva, in the form of father-mother (with consort), represents the purity and purifying power of the enlightened form. This wonderful thangka was painted by Nepali-Tibetan artisans in Nepal especially for the Foundation Store and incorporates a very high quality brocade. The size of the image is 12 x 15 inches (30 x 38 cm) and with the brocade 24 x 32 inches (61 x 81cm) approximately.
Purifying Poster & Cards
|Purifying the Cause of Samsara -
Above the Door Mantra Card
Place this card above your door in order to benefit from the two main mantras it features: "OM HA NU PAHA SHA BAHA RA HE SVAHA," when once seen purifies 100,000 eons of negative karma and obscurations; and the Wish-Granting Wheel mantra, "OM PADMO USHNISHA VI MA LE HUM PHET," when once passed under purifies 1,000 eons of negative karma and obscurations.
Designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this card affords an easy way for all beings to purify the cause of samsara.
|Vajrasattva With Consort Card
Vajrasattva with consort. This image can be used to help with one's visualization for any Vajrasattva purification practice.
of Moral Downfalls Poster
This poster print is a perfect meditation tool for visualizing the 35 Buddhas of confession.
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