Tongen Half-Day Zoom Retreat

Tonglen is one of the 'mind training' or 'heart training' techniques from Tibetan Buddhism that reverse your ordinary habit of selectively seeking happiness and pleasure for yourself and those close…

The Four Immeasurables

Buddhist teacher Anne Klein writes: "Buddhism teaches that there is no such thing as the self as we think we know it: a separate, bounded self, strictly cordoned off from…


Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind: Making a Home Altar for your Practice

A traditional Buddhist altar holds symbols of enlightened body, speech and mind, represented by displaying a statue or image of Buddha Shakyamuni, a scripture, and a stupa. In this teaching, we'll explore the function and forms of altars, sometimes called 'shrines.' You'll learn how to make one, what to place on an altar (and where) and what traditionally is not placed there. You'll learn traditional ideas about where an altar is best put in a home, and a few basic shrine-keeping tips.

The Buddha’s First Teaching: The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths are common name of the Buddha’s first teaching after enlightenment. When the Indian prince, Siddhartha Gautama, (circa 563-483 BCE) sat under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya,…


Enlightened Art: Learning to Read a Thangka, Level I

A thangka painting is traditionally a portable scroll painting, painted on cotton or silk, framed in brocade, intended to be used either for personal meditation or in order to instruct…

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