The Sixteen Drops
16 Kadam Drops
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 here.
In chapter 2 [of The Book of Kadam], Atiśa then specifies his preferred divinities in the context of the second recollection, recalling one’s body as divinities, and makes the well-known selection of Buddha, Acala, Avalokiteśvara, and Tārā as the four gods of Kadam. At one point in the text, in the course of conversations between Atiśa and Dromtönpa on the four divinities, Dromtönpa’s heart opens up and miraculously reveals progressively the entire realm of the Buddha Śākyamuni, the realm of Avalokiteśvara, the realm of Tārā, and finally the realm of Acala. It is here that we also find explicit mention of Avalokiteśvara’s famous six-syllable mantra, oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ. Continue reading
His Holiness the Dalai Lama: ”Studying the root texts of the Nalanda masters is the best way to preserve the Nalanda tradition, which is at the root of Tibetan Buddhism”.
Eleventh part of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings Nov. 30 – Dec. 13, 2012 on the 18 Great Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) Commentaries at Gaden and Drepung Monasteries in Mundgod, India, see http://www.jangchuplamrim.org/ and video here http://www.dalailama.com/. Translated from Tibetan into English by Lotsava Tenzin Tsepag. Trascript by Dr. Peter Lawrence-Roberts, first revision and editing by Dr. Luciano Villa within the project “Free Dalai Lama’s Teachings” for the benefit of all sentient beings. We apologize for any possible error and omission.
Day 12 – 11 December 2012
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness started the day with preparations for the conferring of the White Tara initiation to be given at the end of the morning’s teachings. Continue reading
His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “Each one of us wants only happiness and does not want suffering”.
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Labsum Shedrub Ling, Washington, New Jersey (Last Updated Nov 8, 2012). A commentary on Vajrasattva practice by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Labsum Shedrub Ling, Washington, New Jersey, on September 23, 1984. Lightly edited from an unchecked manuscript by Sandra Smith, November 2012.
Brothers and sisters, I am really happy once again to be in this place. As soon as I entered to this place yesterday it reminded me very clearly of my old friend [Geshe Ngawang Wangyal], so naturally I feel some sadness. However, as Buddhists we believe that if we committed good deeds in our life it will bring good results in the future, so there is no reason to worry. The final thing I felt very happy about when I found this place where our old friend passed away, is that his spirit is still living; it is kept alive by his followers and old friends, who are really determined to keep his words and wishes. I am really happy to see that, so thank you. Continue reading
Sua Santità il Dalai Lama Kalachakra Bodhgaya 2012
Insegnamenti di Sua Santità il Dalai Lama all’Iniziazione al Kalachakra a Bodhgaya India l’8 gennaio 2012. Appunti ed editing dell’Ing. Alessandro Tenzin Villa, del Dott. Luciano Villa e di Graziella Romania nell’ambito del Progetto “Free Dalai Lama’s Teachings”. Traduzione dal tibetano in italiano di Norbu Lamsang.
Sua Santità il Dalai Lama
Oggi conferirò la preparazione all’iniziazione al Kalachakra, domani e dopodomani ci sarà la vera e propria iniziazione.
Questo luogo è straordinario, la migliaia e migliaia di persone accorse sono interessate, sono presenti coloro che prenderanno l’impegno, per cui ho pensato di conferire l’iniziazione completa. Continue reading
Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Through the afflictions of desire, hatred and ignorance, contaminated karma (actions) are performed, which establish potencies in the mind in the form of predispositions. When a lifetime finishes, a person who has such predispositions is born again in cyclic existence with a mind and body appropriated through these contaminated causes.
Some persons die upon the full exhaustion of the impetus of that action which, in another lifetime, laid the foundation for this one. Others die without having used up their allotted time, through the incompletion of the causes of sustaining life, such as lack or necessities. This is called untimely death, or death upon the consumption of merit; for the impetus of the action that established this life remains, but external concordant circumstances that are achieved through other meritorious actions in previous lives do not.
A person dies within a virtuous, non-virtuous or neutral mind. In the first case, the dying person might take to mind a virtuous object—such as the Three Jewels (Buddha, his Doctrine and the Spiritual Community) or his own lama, thereby generating a mind of faith. Or he or she might cultivate immeasurable equanimity, becoming free from desire and hatred toward any sentient beings, or meditate on emptiness or cultivate compassion. This can be done either through one’s own remembering to do such or through others’ urging. If such attitudes are cultivated at the point of death, one dies within a virtuous mind, through which one’s rebirth is improved. It is good to die in this way. Continue reading
Fourth part of the Commentary on Gyalwa Gyatso given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a group of Westerners in His Audience Hall at Teckchen Choeling Palace at Dharamsala, India, on 1st September 1984 from 10-12 noon and 2-4 pm.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Question: Could His Holiness explain the meaning of the full Mantra?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama: I don’t know the meaning very well. OM MANI PADME HUM – six letters, the meaning of that is quite vast. The main points are: OM represents A U M-three letters. These three letters symbolize on the basis our body, speech and mind and in the Buddhahood stage the Buddha’s body, speech and mind. In other words, the impure three things are transformed into completely pure three things. What is the method to purify these three, impure body, speech and mind? That is the MANI PADME, these two words, MANI jewel, PADME lotus. The Jewel symbolizes method or motivation; the Lotus symbolizes Wisdom. There are many different stages on the levels of meaning of the method and wisdom. Continue reading
The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra
Originally published as H. H. the Dalai Lama and Berzin, Alexander. The Gelug/Kagyü Tradition of Mahamudra. Ithaca, Snow Lion, 1997
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Question Sessions with H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Concerning the Kalachakra Initiation
Dharamsala, India, November 5, 1983; August 13, 1984;
January 22, 1985; March 25, 1985; March 26, 1986
translated by Alexander Berzin Continue reading
Sua Santità il Dalai Lama: “Different factors are involved in the ability to recognize the dream as dream.”.
H. H. the Dalai Lama: Dream Yoga
In order to train in the path that would allow us to transform death, the intermediate state, and rebirth, we have to practice on three occasions: during the waking state, during the sleeping state, and during the death process. This entails integrating the self with spiritual training. Now we have three sets of three:
1.Death, intermediate state, and rebirth.
2. Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, and Nirmanakaya.
3. Sleeping, dreaming, and waking.
In order to achieve the ultimate states of Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, and Nirmanakaya, one must become acquainted with the three stages of death, intermediate state, and rebirth. Continue reading