MSB-Admin

Discovering the Jewel of the Sangha: Clarifying the Purpose of Sangha & Community

MSB Archive Newsletter Article by Vernon Mizner, Khenchung, first published in 1995 This month’s Study and Practice article is about the importance of Sangha. The points mentioned here are primarily a summary of comments Rinpoche has made over the years concerning Sangha, as well as some of my own contemplations based upon Rinpoche’s teachings on …

Discovering the Jewel of the Sangha: Clarifying the Purpose of Sangha & Community Read More »

Cultivating Aspiration Bodhicitta: Part 1 – Generating Great Kindness

I would like to begin by first saying a few things about bodhicitta practice, the practice of developing a good heart. Bodhicitta is the practice of all buddhas of the past, the present, and the future, and it has two aspects. The first aspect, aspiration bodhicitta, is defined as a genuine wish to cultivate enlightenment …

Cultivating Aspiration Bodhicitta: Part 1 – Generating Great Kindness Read More »

Encouragement for Our Bodhisattva Intention: Part 2 – Staying Positive!

Things that appear difficult and challenging, or nearly impossible from the ego’s point of view, the bodhisattva takes right on, with a vision of skillful means and a sense of joyful challenge to work on the ego, and progress further. This actually puts the self in service towards the highest outcome: toppling samsara—attaining the state …

Encouragement for Our Bodhisattva Intention: Part 2 – Staying Positive! Read More »

Healing One’s Mind: Part 2 – Transforming “Junk Pot” into “Flower Pot” Mind

To shape and transform our mind for the future, it is vital that we understand the concepts of bodhicitta and cultivating a good heart. First, we need to recognize how these relate to our mind. Right now, our mind is like a junk pot. We see this through our own experience, so this is not …

Healing One’s Mind: Part 2 – Transforming “Junk Pot” into “Flower Pot” Mind Read More »