Pure Land Buddhism

Pure Land Buddhism

In a conversation with the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, I had the opportunity to discuss death and dying. In the Tibetan tradition, the teachings on this topic are vast, so I asked Rinpoche what should be emphasized in presenting this material to the West. His...
After Death States: The Bardos in Tibetan Buddhism

After Death States: The Bardos in Tibetan Buddhism

What are the Bardos? The central orienting view in the Tibetan tradition of “thanatology” (the study of death and dying) is that of the bardos.  This Tibetan word “Bardo” is translated as “gap, interval, intermediate state, transitional process, or in...
Amazing Meditation Experiences: What Do They Mean?

Amazing Meditation Experiences: What Do They Mean?

If you have been meditating for some time, sooner or later you may find that you have some amazing meditation experiences – which is a time of rejoicing, and a time for concern.  Meditative absorption, as coveted as it may be, is not the point of the path, for...
My First Month Long Silent Meditation Retreat

My First Month Long Silent Meditation Retreat

In 1988, in an effort to explore the Buddhist path, I decided to do a month long silent meditation retreat in the forests of Vermont.  It was a stretch.  Outside of a few weekends of meditation I had never tried to practice for so long. I walked up the road to the...
What Is the Best Way to Prepare for Death?

What Is the Best Way to Prepare for Death?

Advice from 8 Buddhist Masters In the process of writing my book, “Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from a Tibetan Buddhist Tradition”I had the great opportunity to interview a number of Buddhist meditation masters. One of the questions I asked...
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