Beginningless Wisdom of Buddhas

The beginningless wisdom of Buddhas is not ordinary beings’ wisdom. When the state of full enlightenment is reached, there is no name of worldliness. One cannot only conceptualize this. Fully enlightened Buddhahood is full wisdom and full wisdom activity. Buddhas’ mind is wisdom, but Buddhas such as Guru Rinpoche and many others emanate in samsara to benefit beings. Buddhas teach faith, meditation, and realization, manifesting in the state of impure worldly wisdom to guide others, but the mind is fully enlightened Buddhahood. This wisdom excels beyond samsara, but is performing in samsara. Buddha Shakyamuni manifested in samsara in order to guide beings by showing a history and an order of stages of how to enlighten, but Buddha does not have any conception of order. If there is no conception, there is no stage. When Buddhas emanate, they have to emanate according to beings’ phenomena, showing histories to other beings, such as that of Buddha Shakyamuni learning, studying, and enduring hardship for six years so others can follow the example of these histories and open Buddha nature through practice, as Buddha taught according to Mahayana, until finally reaching the fully enlightened state in which there is no fixation of time, place, or direction, where all Buddhas abide. So, Buddhas manifest within pure worldly wisdom. Full enlightenment has no pure worldly wisdom, but the fully enlightened can still manifest anything, whether in male or female form or as any kind of being, in any world or realm, while their mind is fully enlightened. This way of excelling is not like stone; it does not appear and just remain as it is. Whatever excels does not stay in one state. Whatever is shown is like magic and will change miraculously. That is why whatever manifests cannot be made a certain way.

Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Thinley Norbu

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In this photo Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche

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Happy Dakini Day!

Vajra Naljorma

In the actual practice of Lama’i Naljor, one visualizes oneself as Dorje Naljorma and the Lama as Guru Rinpoche in space in front of oneself. First, as it is said in the tantras, the meaning of Dorje Naljorma is:

Vajra is the nature of emptiness.

Thus it is said. Also, it says in the Prajnaparamita:

The perfection of knowledge is free from speech, thought,
or expression, unborn, unceasing, like the essential
nature of sky. Only the wisdom of discerning
self-awareness sustains this.

Homage to the mother of all the Victorious Ones of the three times.
Thus, just as said in many of the profound categories of Sutra and Tantra, the Dharmakaya wisdom Dakini is the absolute vajra space of emptiness, the mother of the expanse of all Buddhas of the three times. Natural unobstructed clarity is the spontaneous presence of the qualities of Sambhogakaya as the completely enlightened body of the five families of Vajra Varahi. Pervading throughout immeasurable purelands, sustaining in sky, they are the five consorts of the space of Akanishtha. From this state, manifesting in holy places and sacred lands according to the appearances of the objects to be subdued, there are Dakinis born from the lineage of Vajrayana teachings, Dakinis born from holy places, Dakinis born with inherent wisdom Dakini qualities blossoming, and others. They are the inconceivable emanations radiating from the Nirmanakaya Vajrayogini with serene, desirable, and wrathful aspects, accomplishing the purpose of sentient beings.

Cascading Waterfall  © 2006 Thinley Norbu
Shambhala Publications

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Acharya Sam Bercholz


Sam is back again this year to inaugurate the
Annual Dudjom Tersar Ngondro Practice Retreat
at Pema Osel Ling starting on ~~~>
MARCH 19TH – 27TH, 2016

Acharya Sam Bercholz, the founder of Shambala Publications, is a senior student and teacher in the Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He is an accomplished student of both Trungpa and Thinly Norbu Rinpoches from whom he has received the title of Acharya. He has taught extensively in North America, Europe, and Australasia.

Sam is co-editor with Sherab Chödzin Kohn of the best-selling book
Entering the Stream: An Introduction to the Buddha and his Teachings
(originally titled The Buddha and His Teachings ), which has been translated into numerous languages. He is also author of the forthcoming book – Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir  with illustrations by Pema Namdol Thaye.

Lectures with Acharya Sam Bercholz will begin on Saturday at 10:30 and given twice a day on Saturday and Sunday.  

Pre-register ~~~> here. 

Registration at the event begins @10:00am