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Planting the Seed of Enlightenment

“Every time you look at holy objects – pictures of the Buddha, statues, scriptures, stupas – they plant the seed of liberation and enlightenment in your mental continuum. So every time you look at them they purify your mind. They ... Read full article

Creating Compassionate Cultures Launches Online Institute

Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), an organization dedicated to providing tools and training to help educators offer children a deeper, holistic education, has recently soft-launched the Online Institute for Creating Compassionate Cultures (OICCC). The Online Institute will offer a 12-course online training program starting March ... Read full article

Bringing Happiness to the World

“My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,  “… You are so precious, so kind, so dear and so wish-fulfilling just like a flower bud about to gradually blossom and to shine, giving great happiness and peace to your ... Read full article

Releasing Self-Cherishing

“As soon as your object of concern changes from yourself to someone else, your heart is released from the bondage of the self-cherishing thought. As soon as you change the object of your cherishing, there is peace in your heart.” ... Read full article

‘True Dharma Practitioners Welcome Trouble’

“If you’re not tested, you take teaching after teaching and think you’re OK, but when you’re confronted with a difficult situation, it’s possible that you’ll find you’re not OK at all. So that’s why true Dharma practitioners welcome trouble. It ... Read full article

Loving Kindness

“Each one of us is responsible for all other living beings’ happiness, besides our own. As a result, your loving kindness is the most wish-fulfilling thing in life, more precious than anything else in this world. That makes for a ... Read full article

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Blesses Giant Padmasambhava Thangka

During the recent Jangchub Lamrim teachings at Sera Monastery, His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed a giant Padmasambhava thangka which was sponsored by the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund. The impressive thangka, which with its brocade board measures 90-feet (27-meters) wide ... Read full article

The Benefits of Practice in Bodhgaya

“I think you are very fortunate to be able to come to Bodhgaya, where a thousand buddhas will descend, place their holy feet, display holy deeds, and achieve enlightenment. Guru Shakyamuni Buddha is the fourth of the thousand buddhas. The ... Read full article

Considerations for Animal Blessings and Animal Liberations

Animal liberation is a practice often recommend to students for removing obstacles and to create the causes for a long life. With animal liberation, special care needs to be taken since the practice involves direct contact with living beings. Mandala has asked experienced ... Read full article

Without Dharma There Is No Happiness

“Your inspiration to practice Dharma is the most important thing in your life. Without Dharma there is no happiness, and there is no question that you can’t achieve enlightenment. You can’t liberate sentient beings from all the sufferings and causes ... Read full article