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Revised Debate Text 4th Edition

A revised version of my debate text:
Debate Text-1 / Foundations of Debate
Collected Topics (for English speakers)
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This revision includes additional maps on the debate subjects of:
Tenets
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Hearer’s Grounds and Paths
Solitary Realizer’s Grounds and Paths
Bodhisattva’s Grounds and Paths

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Spoken Tibetan Basics
a Tibetan Language Primer  (for English speakers)
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Top 10 Meditation Tips

Top 10 Meditation Tips

Venerable Tenzin Tharpa
August 27, 2020
TenzinTharpa.com

Hello friends, I thought it would be fun to do a top ten tips for meditating and countdown my own favorite meditation tips 

#10)  Put comfort and quality over duration -It’s the quality of your meditation that’s important, not the duration of each session. A short, deeply engaged meditation is far more beneficial than an hour of conceptual chatter forcing yourself to sit in discomfort 

#9)  Keep your practice personal – Always remember that this is your mind and your practice, you need to explore and discover how meditation best works for you, eventually cultivating your own personal style of practice based on many hours of experience on the cushion. For as our minds are unique to each one of us, so too must be our meditation

#8)  See meditation as a well-deserved timeout – meaning, instead of seeing meditation as just one more chore on your long list of healthy things to do, see it as a well-deserved timeout from your busy day. A chance to gather your thoughts and energy and revitalize yourself. See your meditation as cultivating fresh starts throughout your day

#7)  Understand that unseen benefits are always occurring – regardless of how well you’re able to stay focused on your breath, the calmness cultivated in meditation profoundly affects your mind in countless subtle ways.

#6)  Begin by establishing your intentions with a meditation aspiration
I’ve shared my own below

#5)  Use a meditation checklist to make sure you’re engaging properly with your technique I’ve also shared this below

#4)  Touch the meditative state as much as you can throughout your day – the fact is, the more often we engage in meditation the easier it is to enter and be productive in that state. This can be accomplished by engaging in frequent three-breath meditations between your formal meditation sessions

#3)  Make up your mind to be in the present moment – for often we don’t harness our full attention and mechanically follow the breath without being fully present. Instead, increase the intensity of your focus to create an alert and bright mental state that’s clearly focused on the present moment

#2)  Smile during your meditation – this brings positivity to your practice, and regardless if your smile is genuine or contrived, by simply applying the gesture it will affect your mood

#1)  Make up your mind to enjoy each and every session

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Meditation aspiration
With a deep appreciation for this precious life and a resolve not to waste it,
   I now engage in meditation.

With a deep conviction in the vast benefits and importance of this practice, 
  I now engage in meditation.
With the wish to develop myself and uncover my full potential,
   I now engage in meditation.

With the wish to gain mastery over my mind and emotions,
   I now engage in meditation.
With the wish to bring peace, contentment, and genuine happiness to my life,
  I now engage in meditation.
 With the wish to awaken from mundane habitual existence, 
   I now engage in meditation.
With a mature resolve to persevere in spite of any obstacles that might arise,
   I now engage in meditation.  
       ~ Venerable Tenzin Tharpa

Meditation checklist
1.  Posture – Engage in a comfortable alert posture, as if being drawn upwards by a string  attached to the crown of your head
2.  Hips – Rock the hips forward to accentuate the gentle inward curve of the lower back
3.  Joy – Smile and appreciation the present moment and this opportunity to practice
4.  Acceptance – Sit as an open observer, without striving, judgment, or concern
5.  Calmness – Slow the breath and mind establishing an effortless contentment
6.  Awareness – Be present, while establishing a clear, alert, and bright mental state
7.  Engage – Focus on the breath, switch on, and let go. When ready, silently say the word “meditating” to engage your meditation, then repeat it on each inbreath as needed            

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Text: MeditationTips.pdf
Video: MeditationTips.avi
Audio: MeditationTips.mp3
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —
Venerable Tenzin Tharpa is a wandering monk, philosopher, and teacher. Trained within the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ven. Tharpa lives his life traveling and teaching while exploring and learning from the various traditions of spirituality in all their magnificent forms. To support his work or download his free and original study material go to: TenzinTharpa.com

Buddhism and Politics, Awkward Bedfellows

Buddhism and Politics, Awkward Bedfellows

Venerable Tenzin Tharpa
August 20, 2020
TenzinTharpa.com

As the United States and many other countries gear up for yet more historic elections, many wonder what role, we as Buddhists, have in politics. I personally have been involved in groups where the leaders made a point to tell their students not to get involved in politics. For myself, I’m informed by the compassion and sense of responsibility that arises from my practice, and believe we as Buddhists have an ethical responsibility to support the principles that guide our own lives; principles we hold and embrace as followers of the Buddha’s teachings; principles that lead to a more awakened society. Therefore I believe, as Buddhists, we have an ethical obligation to all sentient life to keep ourselves informed about the political landscape and to weigh in on the daily struggle between clarity and ignorance that shapes all of our lives and the life of our planet. So, regardless of political views and affiliations let our shared Buddhist values guide and inform your choices in this year’s voting cycle. 

Support and vote – truth and compassion
Support and vote – wisdom and understanding
Support and vote – maturity and honesty
Support and vote – inclusion and fairness
Support and vote – goodness and responsibility

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Text: Buddhism and Politics.pdf
Video: Buddhism and Politics.avi
Audio: Buddhism and Politics.mp3
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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —
Venerable Tenzin Tharpa is a wandering monk, philosopher, and teacher. Trained within the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ven. Tharpa lives his life traveling and teaching, while continuously exploring and learning from the various traditions of spirituality in all their magnificent forms. To support his work or download his free and original study material go to: TenzinTharpa.com