Five Skandhas - GPF book 273 KB
All phenomena within the many layers of reality are contained within these five skandhas . form, feeling, perception, formations and consciousness. There are variations in the skandhas sentient beings have, though. Some sentient beings, for example, do not have eye consciousness because they have no light.

Five Skandhas, from Ground, Path & Fruition (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications 2005)
Four Dharmas of Gampopa - TL December 2005 1095 KB
The first teaching of .The Four Dharmas of Gampopa. is that your whole being, your attitude, your aspiration, your motivation, everything has to go according to the dharma. That means, in order to be successful on the path to enlightenment in this life that is what is necessary. You have to be totally for enlightenment. Everything has to be for enlightenment, absolutely for nothing else. That is what it takes.

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa, from the April 2006 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
Shamatha Meditation - GPF book 190 KB
Meditation, looking inwards, is by definition using your mind to recognize the true potential of your mind. This is not something that can happen externally, it happens internally. Meditation has many aspects but generally it can be described as the three yanas: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. These three yanas are really Shamatha and Vipashyana meditation, they are just Shamatha and Vipashyana of different levels.

Shamatha Meditation, from Ground, Path & Fruition (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications 2005)
Six Paramitas 98 KB
When we practice the path of the bodhisattva, we practice according to the six paramitas. Having three aspects each, there are thus eighteen aspects of practice to accomplish and we develop them from their beginnings until they truly become paramitas or perfections.

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Vipashyana Meditation - GPF book 195 KB
Shamatha and Vipashyana, can also be described by the metaphor of a lamp. Shamatha is like a lamp undisturbed by the wind and Vipashyana is like the light it generates. Shamatha creates a calm abiding state of mind and Vipashyana is this calmly abiding mind joined with awareness.

Vipashyana Meditation, from Ground, Path & Fruition (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications 2005)
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