A Treasure in My Hands

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Cristina Iglesias from Madrid writes: “In August 2008, my partner and father of my daughter, whose name is Paris, was diagnosed with third stage pancreatic cancer. They didn’t give us any hope, but hope is the last thing there is to lose, and so we started a series of natural treatments and Paris came home […]

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Generating the Heart of the Enlightened Mind

  [W]hen you meditate deeply on compassion, a realization dawns in you that the only way for you to be of complete help to other beings is for you to gain enlightenment. From that a strong sense of determination and universal responsibility is born, and the compassionate wish arises in you at that moment to attain […]

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Tonglen: The Sacred Practice of Exchanging Ourselves for Others with Compassion

Of all the practices I know, the practice of Tonglen, which in Tibetan means “giving and receiving,” is one of the most useful and powerful. When you feel yourself locked in upon yourself, Tonglen opens you to the truth of the suffering of others; when your heart is blocked, it destroys those forces that are obstructing […]

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Before the Book: Sogyal Rinpoche on Contemplation

Here is a rare and precious clip of Sogyal Rinpoche teaching at an informal gathering of the Australian Institute of Transpersonal Studies in Brisbane in the mid-1980s, years before the publication of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Rinpoche speaks about the importance of the practice of contemplation, as one of the three wisdom […]

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This is it.

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Rafael Saenz writes from Barcelona: “Here is my story: A friend of mine recommended The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying to me, back in 1993. I was living in New York City at the time. The book had just come out, and it was a big success. I bought a copy, but since I […]

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