Tibetan Buddhism Teachings

6 Paramitas : Generosity

The first Paramita is the practice of Generosity, to share what is helpful and good and to do it without selfishness. The practice of generosity, dana, can be traced to the early teachings of the nikayas, the agamas, and to the later teachings in the Prajnaparamita Sutras, as well as the Mahaprajnaparamita Shastra, which elaborates on this practice. Among the paramitas, generosity can be the

Theravada and Mahasanghika

Hundred years after Buddha passed away, the first serious disagreements arouse between monks about the actual words of Buddha, and it was decided to hold the Second Buddhist Council. The main discussion objects in councils were Vinaya rules. Nowadays scholars believe the group known as Sthavira (Elders) wanted to tighten monastic discipline even more as it was given by Buddha himself and add more rules.

 valid cognition in Buddhism

Theory of valid cognition is a discipline that analyses statements of others by means of logical deliberation. And the same is true regarding Buddha. We should analyse statements of Buddha by means of logical deliberation and theory of cognition if they are correct or not. If a teaching is correct it should withstand threefold criteria of truthfulness

Healing Mantras in Tibetan Buddhism

In my previous article about the basics of Tibetan medicine I already explained how it is closely related with Buddhism, right livelihood and religious principles. Often it may appear difficult to maintain all external conditions, like appropriate ingredients for a healing food or some others. But the good news is – as long we are alive in this life and body, we have our mind

Basics of Tibetan Medicine

The fundamental bases of Tibetan medicine are teachings about three principles of life-force (often called dosha or humors) - rLung (pron. Loong)(Wind), mKhris-pa (pron. Tree-pa) [ bile ], and Bad-kan (pron. Pay-gen) ( phlegm ). They represent combinations of 5 basic elements (earth, water, fire, wind, akasha (space)). If these elements are in good harmony and balance – the person is healthy. But misbalance of

5 types of potential to reach Buddhahood

We use to say that all living beings have a potential to reach enlightenment. This is what the Third Noble Truth of Path to Enlightenment assumes. Although due to our past karma, not all beings have the same abilities and potential to reach the realization. For this reason Buddha Shakyamuni were giving different teachings for different people with different level of realizations, abilities and hence

Nirmanakaya - 3 physical manifestations of enlightenment

Nirmanakaya is another manifestation of dharmakaya - in physical form. Nirmana is a Sanskrit term which means to manifest in a form. Not each form would be Nirmanakaya, but the Body of Truth – a completely purified form which carries the essence of enlightenment, dharmakaya, and the highest wisdom. Often it refers to physical manifestations and acts of great enlightened teachers as Buddha Shakyamuni or

How to attain Enlightenment

I felt compelled to explain to People an often seen confusion - contrary to wide spread belief that Buddhism is about "being good", morals, ethics or may be complaining about sufferings, and similar sentimentality - I had to point that it is not.Buddhism is about the Buddha state of mind - about the great experience of enlightenment and liberation from all conditional states.

Sambhogakaya - 5 Wisdoms and Buddha families

Sambhogakaya can be translated as “the body of perfect enjoyment”. “Sam” means perfect, “bhoga” means enjoyment and kaya is roughly translated as body. Sambhogakaya can be understood as “the body of teaching”, but not really in the sense of some doctrine or speaking.Here we mean rather some teaching or wisdom that is intrinsically contained in the body of enlightenment and becomes evident in its completeness

Dharmakaya - the ever present Body of Enlightenment

Dharmakaya is the Body of Enlightenment, which is characterised by emptiness and purity. When Mahayana Buddhists think about Buddha – they think about eternally present enlightened Dharmakaya, not exactly the historical figure of Buddha Shakyamuni