Author Archives: Tenzin Tharpa

Revised Debate Text 4th Edition

A revised version of my debate text:
Debate Text-1 / Foundations of Debate
Collected Topics (for English speakers)
is now available for free download from the download library

Debate-Cover

This revision includes additional maps on the debate subjects of:
Tenets
Asserting Objects
Asserting Object Possessors
Mind and Mental Factors
Hearer’s Grounds and Paths
Solitary Realizer’s Grounds and Paths
Bodhisattva’s Grounds and Paths

The Three Gifts

poetry

The Three Gifts – three practices you can give to the world every day. 
Though useful anytime, this practice is mainly meant to be applied when engaged with others. These qualities are contagious and bring out the best in ourselves and others.

1) Calmness
your gift of spaciousness, clarity, sense of harmony and contentment. Your patience, tolerance, and ease. Being cool-headed and rational minded.

How do we become calmer?
Simply wishing to be calmer is a start. By slowing down, and focusing on the breath, being mindful and aware, being in the moment, content and aware of others needs. The practices of mediation, mindfulness, yoga and Tia-Chi are excellent methods for making us calmer.

2) Caring
your gift of a caring attitude towards others. Your warmth, kindness, compassion, altruistic intention and sense of responsibility and concerned toward others. Being considerate, generous, openhearted and helpful.

How do we become more caring towards others?
By seeing others as people like ourselves and recognizing our shared humanity. Becoming less selfish and putting other’s needs before our own. Understanding the problems that come from self cherishing and the benefits in caring about others.

3) Stability
your gift of stability (mental, emotional and in relation to others).
Your balance, strength, consistency, dependability and maturity. Being durable, tough, self controlled and fair. Being a stable friend and parent while helping to create stability in others.

One of the qualities obtained through Buddhist practice is becoming a more stable person. When meeting genuine spiritual masters, I think their quality of stability is the most magnetizing to us. This sense of stability they radiate, reaches out and creates a feeling of calmness and peace in us. Giving us a feeling of hope and confidence that our own spiritual goals are achievable.

Stability might be the commodity we desire the most, but don’t know it.
From marriage to employment, weather to health, from our most basic needs, to our evening’s entertainment, there is not an aspect of our lives that we wouldn’t wish to be more stable. We want every apple to taste as sweet, every movie to be as funny and every holiday to be as pleasant. But stability is a quality that most of us rarely try to develop. When we talk about the quality of our daily lives, stability often just sounds idealistic. But stability is, at the very heart of our most basic desires and fears.

How do we become more stabile?
Again, just being aware of and recognize that stability is a quality worth cultivating is enough to get started. Understand its benefits to ourselves and others. Self-confidence is a key part, to stop doubting and start believing in ourselves and the power of our influence on others. How we take in information and how we react to events and things said to us, are also vital components to stability.

  • Developing the first two gifts (calmness and caring) is a foundation for building stability.
  • Taking in information with a cool and rational mind
  • Taking a minute before reacting, is a useful tool in becoming more stable.
  • Watching language, like watching a river. People’s thoughts and language flow out like a river. Distinguish what is important and what is not, let most of it pass by, especially any offensive speech, pay no attention to it, and wait for something meaningful to be said.

When combined, these three gifts of calmness, caring and stability create qualities of Grace, decency, and elegance. Making us more magnetizing to others and appearing more attractive both physically and in persona. These qualities enrich others while bringing out the best in us all.

Spoken Tibetan Basics

Hello All,
Just finished my latest text entitled ‘Spoken Tibetan Basics’ a Tibetan Language Primer. It’s my second Tibetan language text and my fifth text in all. It’s open source and free to all.
I hope your enjoy it.

Text---Template

 

Spoken Tibetan Basics
a Tibetan Language Primer  (for English speakers)
Free Download: Tib-Spoken-Basics.PDF

 

 

 


 

Sera Je Monastery, South India

Sera-2b

Ngari Khangtsen, my home

Ngari Khangtsen at Sera Jey Monastery, South India
At Sera Jey there are sixteen house groups called ‘Khangtsens’. My Khangtsen is the Ngari Khangtsen. Each khangtsen is linked to a province in Tibet and has to accommodate the monks that hail from these areas. These house groups function independently from the main monastery with each house group having the responsibility to provide the living necessities for their own monks, which includes housing, medical care, and educational material. Ngari Khangtsen was originally founded in western Tibet. Then in 1970 reestablished at Sera Jey Monastery in South India. Currently Ngari Khangtsen has over 140 monks, which are mostly ethnic Tibetans from the Indian Himalayan regions  and other Himalayan countries, including Nepal and Bhutan.

ngari-web-800

Liberation is Made One Choice at a Time

poetry

 .
Liberation is Made One Choice at a Time

I choose…to forgive,
Though others wouldn’t.
And though I have every right not to,
Knowing the benefits of forgiveness I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to forgive me, this I have no control over.

I choose…to respect others,
Though often I’m disrespected myself.
To strive to appreciate, understand and value others,
Knowing the benefits of respecting others, I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to respect me, this I have no control over.

I choose…to care,
Even though it is not always easy.
Recognizing that its opposite is merely negation,
Knowing the benefits of caring I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to care about me, this I have no control over.

 I choose…to always be your friend,
Even though you’re not always a good friend to me.
Accepting that self cherishing is the root of all suffering,
Knowing the benefits of cherishing others, I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to be my friend, this I have no control over.
 
I choose…to be kind towards others,
Though others are often cruel towards me,
For hatred can never defeat hatred, only kindness prevails.
Knowing the benefits of kindness I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to be kind towards me, this I have no control over.
 
I choose…to be strong,
Though others may try to marginalize me,
Recognizing that they are merely seeing me through their own fears.
Knowing the benefits of self confidence, I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to recognize my strength, this I have no control over.
 
I choose…to be excellent,
In my intention, character and deed.
To go beyond the norm, to uncover my true potential,
Knowing the benefits of diligence, I make this choice freely.
You may choose to be an obstacle to my progress, this I have no control over.

I choose…to become a ‘lion among men’.
Though this long path I must walk alone,
I know the Buddhas clearly point the way.

– Tenzin Tharpa


 

Gyudmed Tantric Monastic University

Mandala at Gyudmed Monastery

Mandalas are a form of meditation and visualization, monks do rituals and prayers in preparation for the construction, many rituals and prayers during construction and after being finished its destroyed to remind us of the impermanence of all things, that everything that comes into being is then destroyed.