The Dormant Clear Light Mind during Periods of Grosser Consciousness
Alexander Berzin, November 2013. Based on explanations by Samdhong Rinpoche.
The subtlest mind (sems shin-tu phra-mo), known as the clear-light mind (‘od-gsal), has uninterrupted continuity, with no beginning and no end, even when enlightened. Before enlightenment, it is manifest (mngon-‘gyur-ba) automatically for a tiny moment at death. Continue reading
Introduction to the Vajrabhairava System of Anuttarayoga Tantra
Alexander Berzin, Moscow, Russia, June 2013. Unedited Transcript. Continue reading
Introduction to the Chakrasamvara System of Anuttarayoga Tantra
Alexander Berzin, Moscow, Russia, February 2012. Unedited Transcript. Continue reading
Vajrasattva Purification: The Basics
Alexander Berzin, Berlin, Germany, April 20-22, 2001, revised, June 2009
Vajrasattva (rDo-rje sems-dpa’) practice is a tantric meditation done for the purification of karma. Continue reading
Buddha-Nature and the Clear Light Mind
Alexander Berzin, Berlin, Germany, October 2006. Unedited Transcript
Alex: It is a question about the relation of clear light mind (’od-gsal) and Buddha-nature (sangs-rgyas-kyi rigs). Continue reading
Buddhist Tantra: Some Introductory Remarks
His Holiness Sakya Trizin
There is a common misconception among many non-Buddhists (and even among certain Buddhists) that the Tantras are late and corrupt additions to the Buddha’s Teachings. This is false. The Tantras are genuine teachings of the Lord Buddha, and they occupy a paramount position within the overall framework of Buddhist doctrine.
Some of the misconceptions about the Tantras stem from their esoteric nature. Since the time of the Buddha the Tantras were always taught secretly and selectively. For their correct understanding they have always required the oral instructions of a qualified master; without such explanations they can easily be misunderstood in wrong and harmful ways. In order to uphold this tradition I am prevented from discussing most aspects of Tantra here. But it is perhaps permissible here to say a few general things about Buddhist Tantra and about how it is related to other systems of Buddhist and non-Buddhist thought and practice. I shall base myself on the teachings of our tradition such as the Rgyud sde spyi’i rnam gzhag (“General System of the Tantras”) of Lobpon Sonam Tsemo. Continue reading
Bodhichitta and the Two Truths in Anuttarayoga Tantra
by Dr. Alexander Berzin
Conventional and Deepest Bodhichittas
Conventional bodhichitta (kun-rdzob byang-sems, relative bodhichitta) focuses on the superficial truth (kun-rdzob bden-pa, conventional truth, relative truth) of enlightenment, such as its qualities of omniscience. Deepest bodhichitta (don-dam byang-sems, ultimate bodhichitta) focuses on its deepest truth (don-dam bden-pa, ultimate truth), namely its voidness (stong-nyid, emptiness).
Introduction to the Guhyasamaja System of Anuttarayoga Tantra
Alexander Berzin, Moscow, Russia, October 2012, Unedited Transcript Continue reading
Emptiness Meditation in Tantra: Four Tibetan Traditions
Dr. Alexander Berzin Continue reading
Relationships between Objects in Anuttarayoga Tantra
Dr. Alexander Berzin Continue reading
16 Drops of Kadam Initiation
At the conclusion of the 2015 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama kindly bestowed the Sixteen Drops of Kadam Initiation. Materials related to this initiation can be found below.
The following excerpt is from the Introduction to The Book of Kadam: The Core Texts, translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa, which contains more information on the 16 Drops of Kadam Initiation. The Book of Kadam is available from Wisdom Publications https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/book-kadam/introduction Continue reading
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche: Extra-bodily States in Buddhism
The Buddhist literature and oral tradition record many instances of consciousness traveling with a subtle form outside the rough body. Continue reading