Khandro-la Rinpoche: her life and teachings
Her main responsibility is to look after His Holiness, to protect His Holiness’s life, to help His Holiness fulfil his holy wishes in the world. That is the most important thing in the world, to benefit the world. Publicly, she is just like an ordinary person, but in reality she is beyond that.Lama Zopa Rinpoche
We have been fortunate indeed to have had Khandro-la Rinpoche livestream teachings this year. The link here takes you to the recording of Khandro-la’s teaching of June 13th 2021. Khandro-la’s Q and A teaching of July 18th 2021 will be available soon. Stay up to date with how to access the Zoom link for this upcoming teaching and other important information here.
Oracle and Protector of His Holiness
Khadro-la has been recognised by His Holiness as an Oracle and protector. To read more about her incredible life in Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s words visit this link.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
There is a saying in Tibetan: tragedy should be utilised as a source of strength. No matter what difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.’His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently gave two days of teachings on the ‘Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment’ at the request of the monasteries and Tibetan Buddhists of Ladakh. During the COVID lockdown, His Holiness has offered myriad traditional teachings, as well as talks on contemporary subjects such as Science and the Mind, Social Engagement and how to live our life for the benefit of ourselves and others. A rich collection of recordings can be found at his websit
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.Thich Nhat Hanh
Wai Cheong is a warm, experienced and highly qualified teacher of Buddhism and meditation. Here he guides us in two meditations on the theme of Control, helping us to release our concepts and stresses.
Venerable Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun, well-known for her message of peace and compassion conveyed through her many popular books and teachings. Here she leads a guided meditation on Mindfulness Awareness.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a well known meditation teacher. In this short mindfulness meditation he guides us through a meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness.
Sharon Salzberg has made Buddhist meditation accessible and popular for Western students. Here she leads a short guided mindfulness meditation.
Dealing with Anxiety
Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material.Pema Chodron
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave an insightful and tender talk on how to overcome anxiety and anger in 2019, to celebrate Root Institute for Wisdom’s 40th anniversary.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a dedicated Zen meditation master who negotiated for peace after the Vietnam war, and has devoted his life to helping others develop meditation habits as well as deal with emotions: all with an attitude of compassion for oneself and others. Here he gives a short talk on not having fear.
Venerable Amy Miller explores the various triggers that darken the mind and lead to a depressed or anxious state. Through practiced exercises and meditations, she teaches us to transform unhealthy patterns into something more positive. These three sessions below comprise a weekend workshop called ‘Conquering Anxiety and Depression’ that was held at the Kurukulla Centre, Boston.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice on how to benefit animals
Whenever I visit a market and see the chickens crowded together in tiny cages that give them no room to move around and spread their wings and the fish slowly drowning in the air, my heart goes out to them. People have to learn to think about animals in a different way, as sentient beings who love life and fear death.His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given much advice over many years on how to benefit animals. Resources for how to liberate and benefit animals can be found here. Recently, Lama Zopa Rinpoche released an album ‘Recitations for Animals’ on Spotify which can be found here.
This moving short video, is about Dzambhala the goat who was rescued from the butcher, and was the first goat to receive an artificial limb in Nepal. He was one of the residents of the animal shelter at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Kopan. Here, animals that have been rescued from the butcher or from Nepalese animal sacrifices can live out their lives in peace. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in his concern for the welfare of all living beings, has rescued many animals from being killed or neglected. This animal sanctuary provides a refuge but also aims to undertake special practices which according to Buddhist beliefs, will help the animals attain a higher rebirth. Because of the COVID pandemic which has affected Nepal so badly, this animal sanctuary is in great need of resources. To find out more, and to see how you can help please visit.
Rinpoche is often asked for specific advice from his students on how to avoid harming animals. For example, Rinpoche gave the advice below on how to avoid harming animals when gardening.
‘If worms are cut or killed, you can pray like this: “Due to the past, present and future merits collected by me and the three times merits collected by countless buddhas and bodhisattvas, may this worm be free from the lower realm sufferings immediately and be reborn in the pure lands, where this sentient being can become enlightened quickly. Or at least, may it receive a perfect human rebirth, meet the Mahayana teachings and find a perfectly qualified Mahayana guru, revealing the unmistaken path to enlightenment.” If you pray like this, when you dedicate your own and all the buddhas’ and bodhisattvas’ merits, it becomes very powerful. It’s like when you collect one dollar from a trillion people, you get a trillion dollars, and then you get a lot of money to do big projects.
You can recite the Lotus Pinnacle of Amoghapasha mantra.
OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT
Recite this a few times, then blow over the animal which was killed or injured. It’s very good to do that for worms which were killed or injured.’
The full article on how to help animals harmed by gardening can be found here.