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The Four Boundless Qualities AKA the Four Immeasurables by Lama Tsomo

I’ll let you in on a little secret. All four of these practices, Loving Kindness, Compassion (Tonglen), Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity, are avenues to one goal: feeling affectionately connected to all and everyone. We already feel closely connected to the ones we love, for example those we call “my dog,” “my cat,” “my child,” “my best friend.”...

Introducing the Compassion in Action Fellowship

The Compassion in Action Fellowship: A Yearlong Inner & Outer Change Journey for Student Leaders Students today are facing complex challenges like no other generation before. We are excited to be launching a new program for college & university students to help them learn meditation practices, build community, and engage in social change....

Buddhist Ethics: Ten Virtues and Non-Virtues

Welcome to your crash course in Buddhist Ethics! Don’t worry, there won’t be any actual crashing. Hopefully this will be more of a road map of where to go depending on your desired destination. If you’re going for happiness and enlightenment, the Buddha advises you to follow the Ten Virtues and avoid the Non-Virtues. If you’re going for suffering and unhappiness, you would do the opposite.

Birth with a Rainbow and Death with a Rainbow

The roots of this story can be found in an account of the most famous Tibetan mantrika known as Sangye Yeshe of the great Nub clan. He is depicted today in paintings and sculptures as a majestic man with a long goatee like the kesh of a Sikh man

The Four Thoughts of Buddhism

What are the Four Thoughts of Tibetan Buddhism?
Contemplation of the Four Thoughts turns the mind from worldly preoccupations towards liberation and freedom.