Author: Luna Kadampa

Based on 40 years' experience, I write about applying meditation and modern Buddhism to improve and transform our everyday lives and societies. I try to make it accessible to everyone anywhere who wants more inner peace and profound tools to help our world, not just Buddhists. Do make comments any time and I'll write you back!

7 minutos de lectura. (The English version of this article is here.) ¡Feliz día de Heruka! Y algo más: nos haríamos un gran favor al recordar que no practicamos Tantra en soledad, sino con la inmensa ayuda de las Dakinis y los Dakas, los Budas Tántricos. No siempre las personas lo ven, así que pensé decir algo al respecto, considerando que hoy es el mes de Vajrayoguini. La práctica de Vajrayoguini comienza con el yoga del dormir entre otras razones porque: Por la noche las Dakinis de los veinticuatro lugares sagrados visitan a los practicantes sinceros de Vajrayoguini y les…

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7.5 mins read. What on earth are blessings?! You, who love all beings without exception, Are the source of happiness and goodness; And you guide us to the liberating path. ~ The Liberating Prayer And what does it mean to say that Buddhas are the source of our happiness? For example: Buddha’s function is to bestow mental peace on each and every living being every day by giving blessings. We know that we are happy when our mind is peaceful and unhappy when it is not. It is therefore clear that our happiness depends on our having a peaceful mind…

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7 mins read. It’s no secret that humanity has been living through some difficult times and a lot of people have been struggling to stay afloat. Friends all over the world have told me they’ve been having a challenging two years. Some who were relatively carefree have been experiencing levels of anxiety they didn’t expect, for example, and I know what they mean. I read that therapists cannot keep up with demand because stress and other mental health issues are, not surprisingly, at an all time high. Samsara (the cycle of impure life explained by Buddha) was not exactly working…

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6.5 mins read. We need to take the real self out. It is getting in the way of everything good, everything fun. Grasping at our self as real is the reason we took rebirth as a human being in the first place. We blame everything and everyone for the problems of this human life of ours, but the real reason everything keeps going wrong is because how can anything other than polluted waves arise from a polluted ocean of samsaric rebirth? We need to purify our ocean-like consciousness of this contamination of ignorance by realizing that its object — the…

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7 mins read. Do you feel like you’re in a hurry a lot of the time? Like there’s always something to get to after this? It’s not very relaxing, but in my observation we’re pretty much all in a hurry these days, including me more than I’d like of late. I caught myself the other day even managing to feel in a hurry while waiting in line at the airport. I had nothing to do and no real choice except to be, but I had an antsy feeling wanting the line to hurry up and/or wondering about what I was…

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Guest article by Doctor, Acupuncturist, and Kadampa Buddhist, Hung Tran 4.5 mins read. Precisely what faith is and exactly how it works are tricky enough questions for experienced meditators to answer. But accounting for the role of faith in spontaneous remissions is even more challenging. As a Western-trained doctor, master practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine, and Kadampa Buddhist, I’ve explored faith in many different settings. I’ve seen firsthand the impact of faith on the body, and I’ve felt firsthand the impact of faith on the mind. In this article I’d like to explore the three types of faith Venerable Geshe…

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Today my mother’s caregiver Saint Patricia and I were shaking our heads at the deepening tragedies unfolding in Afghanistan. I said “People shouldn’t treat each other like this.” In between resisting spoonfuls of high-caloried shake, my mother, a 70lb speck in her huge medical bed, whispered her agreement: “No, they shouldn’t”. Patricia then summed up the problem in three words: Not enough love. Patricia knows this because she is one of the most faithful and loving people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is a devout Christian from Jamaica, and since she arrived to take care of…

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 8.5 mins read. (Para leer este artículo en español utilice este link.) It’s no secret that we human beings are not getting along very well with each other these days. There are any number of reasons for this, but the deeper causes arguably lie more in our messed up psychology than in the external world. Buddha was an expert psychologist – diagnosing what ails us at the deepest level and proscribing the cure. He lived at a time when the caste system was entrenched in Indian society, but in his teachings and practical example managed to show how people could…

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By Gen Samten Kelsang. (Para leer este artículo en español utilice este link.) This article is celebrating the life and death of Gen Kelsang Tharpa. He is the oldest friend I have, and we shared many sweet, humorous, profound moments together, as well as many wild adventures. I feel honored to be able to share some affectionate thoughts about my dear friend. I met Gen Tharpa when I first arrived at Manjushri Institute in 1983.  I had a burning desire to realize emptiness and become enlightened. At that time he was involved in teaching the Geshe studies program, and was…

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When we practice Highest Yoga Tantra, we are learning to do all our meditations and indeed live our lives from a more blissful place. (If that isn’t appealing, I don’t know what is.) As well as making everything more fun, bliss is a naturally concentrated mind so it helps us with all our meditations, not just realizing emptiness, though that is its chief purpose. In generation stage, this bliss arises from faith and correct imagination. In completion stage it becomes the real deal — spontaneous great bliss — which arises from the drops melting and flowing within the central channel…

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