Buddhism is a path for transforming the mind, for going from ignorance to wisdom, from self-centeredness to altruism and compassion. The mind is the source of all happiness and it is also the source of the experience of suffering. Buddhism offers methods to free the mind from delusion and harmful mental states such as hatred, obsession, jealousy, and pride. The Buddhist teachings are very vast and encompass both philosophical views and spiritual practice aimed at dispelling an erroneous view of reality and uprooting the very causes of suffering.

The following articles are excerpts from teachings by great Tibetan Buddhist teachers, biographies of these masters, and discussions and details on various points of Buddhist philosophy.

Brief chronological compendium of spiritual masters and great scholars of Tibetan Buddhism

Published on November 28, 2014

This document contains the dates of slightly more than 1,300 spiritual masters and great scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as a few dates of the Indian master and thinkers from other nations. I’ve assembled these historical data from my lectures for the sole purpose of compiling an easily accessible chronological compendium. This compilatio...

The benefits of meditating on impermanence

Published on November 27, 2012

Even if you are extremely beautiful, you cannot seduce death. If you are very powerful, you cannot hope to influence death. Even being incredibly wealthy cannot buy a few minutes more life. At present we cannot bear the small discomfort caused by a prickly thorn or the heat of the sun. What about the anguish we have to face at the time of death...

Why do Buddhists venerate the Buddha?

Published on November 24, 2012

The Buddha is not venerated because devotees see him as a God and worship him, but rather because he's the ultimate teacher, the embodiment of enlightenment. The Sanskrit word Buddha means ‟the awakened one,” he who has realized the truth. In Tibetan, the word by which it's translated, Sang-gyé, has two syllables, sang meaning that he has ‟diss...

Reincarnation is not the rebirth of a self

Published on November 24, 2012

First of all, it's important to understand that what's called reincarnation in Buddhism has nothing to do with the transmigration of some ‟entity” like an autonomous "self". It's not a process of metempsychosis. As long as one thinks in terms of entities rather than function and continuity of experience, it's impossible to understand the Buddhi...

Inner peace is not apathy

Published on November 24, 2012

It's very important not to confuse serenity and apathy. One of the characteristics of a stable spiritual practice is not to be vulnerable to outer circumstances, whether favorable or unfavorable. The practitioner's mind is likened to a mountain that the winds can't shake; he's neither tormented by the difficulties he may come across nor elated ...

A Piece of Advice

Published on November 24, 2012

The thoughts of happiness and suffering, desire and aversion, Are none else than the clear voidness of mind. Without modifying whatever arises, Look at its nature, and it will manifest as great bliss. Now that you obtained this human existence, Focus all your energy on practicing the sublime Dharma. There is no way you can complete all your...

How to approach death

Published on November 24, 2012

At first you should be driven by a fear of birth and death like a stag escaping from a trap. In the middle, you should have nothing to regret even if you die, like a farmer who has carefully worked his fields. In the end, you should feel relieved and happy, like a person who has just completed a formidable task. At first, you should know that...

A remarkable life

Published on November 24, 2012

Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpotché was one of the last masters from this generation of great lamas who completed their education and training in Tibet. He was one of the leading masters of the Nyingma tradition, and spent nearly 30 years of his life in retreat and meditation in order to profit from the vast teachings he’d received.  Rinpotché wrote man...