Gampopa Center
Threads Of Awakening
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is an artist of Tibetan silk applique Thangkas (cloth sacred images) and author of Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art. Leslie's art has been exhibited internationally and is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. Her new book details her unexpected quest to master the sewing of Tibetan applique Thangkas. This art form is so rare that even many Tibetans have never seen it. Leslie is the first non-Tibetan and first female to complete the years-long apprenticeship training required to create these artistic [...]
Bhikshuni Teaching
Chenrezig Compassion Practice
In his great compassion, the Buddha emanated as Chenrezig, a form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Practices such as the Chenrezig sadhana can be approached by someone leading an ordinary life, and the Chenrezig meditation is uncommon both in the ease of its performance and the blessing that it bestows. Giving up the ordinary activities of the mundane world to devote ourselves to spiritual practice alone would create an ideal condition for inner growth; however, this is possible for very few individuals. For the rest of us who must juggle work, family, friends, and deal with all kinds of emotions, ways to [...]
Tara Practices
Tara is considered the mother of all Buddhas. She represents the enlightenment mind and the feminine divine. Reciting Tara prayers and mantra is meant to remove obstacles one may encounter in this life, such as fears and illnesses, as well as removing inner obstacles to the realization of emptiness and interdependence, to go beyond one’s common experience of duality. These contemplations and meditations are part of creation and completion processes found in Buddhist practices that train our mind to maintain a state of mindfulness and awareness, meditative stability, aimed at cultivating loving kindness and wisdom or discriminating awareness Green Tara [...]
LPTR’s Words On Meditation
This teaching is given by Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche on Fridays in a weekly meditation class for both online and offline audience in Mani House (Medan, Indonesia) Learn How to Meditate Correctly When learning meditation, the first and most important thing is that we get rid of all ideas that we have of meditation. Perhaps we’ve joined some classes outside and have gotten some concept or understanding of meditation. It is not that they are useless. But for now, we have to put that aside. Otherwise, we will mix what we learn in this class and our own ideas of [...]