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The Two Pramāṇas: An Overview

In this article, Alan Pope discusses the two instruments of knowledge (pramāṇas) of direct perception and inference....

Being Patient and Farsighted and Enduring Hardship

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can...

Speaking Moderately and in a Gentle Way

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can...

Not Being Influenced by Evil Companions

As social beings, we humans learn from those around us. And because we don’t have fixed, unchanging solidity as beings, we make choices. We can...

Unlocking the Door of Blessings of the Great Perfection

Devotion and pure perception are the two keys needed to unlock the door of blessings of the Great Perfection. The more we develop them, the...

The Relationship Between Conduct, Progress, and the View

As practicing Buddhists, so-called dharma practitioners, our conduct is extremely important. From among the trio of view, meditation, and conduct it is explained that our...

Are You on the True Path?

In the past few evenings of the drupchen, I have been re-reading some of the great texts of Shechen Gyaltsab, Pema Namgyal, and in particular,...