Buddha, Dharma, Sangha - TL August 2008 1434 KB
In order to really be able to say that you know about Buddhism, you have to know about Buddha, dharma and sangha. This I will teach according to the teachings of Lord Maitreya known as Mahayana Uttaratantra.

Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, from the August 2008 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
Devotion - TL April 2006 366 KB
The foundation of devotion is confidence in your essence. If you don.t have confidence in your essence, you cannot have true devotion; it becomes more like fear than devotion. In the Mahayana Buddha taught bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is your essence. The thought, "I wish to become a Buddha to show all sentient beings how to become Buddhas", is bodhichitta.

Devotion, from the April 2006 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
Guru-Disciple Relationship - TL April 2008 1818 KB
Guru is translated into Tibetan as Lama. La means .above. and ma means .mother,. so somebody who is above you, who you respect, learn from, and who cares for you like a mother. That is Lama. Lama is for all sentient beings. Then you have your personal Guru from whom you are learning the dharma.

Guru-Disciple Relationship, from the April 2008 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
The Root Guru 40 KB
What exactly Is a "Tsawe-Lama" or "Root-Guru"?

There are several forms of Tsawe-Lama but we need only discuss the two most important ones here.

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The Root Lama - TL December 2007 832 KB
There are different types of Root Lamas a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism can have, but I will only discuss the two most important ones here. They are the rTsa-ba'ibla- ma and the bLa-ma'i-brgyud-pa, translated as "Root Lama" and "Master of the Succession", respectively. Guru is the Sanskrit honorific term for "master", so it is often used when referring to one's Root Lama.

The Root Lama, from the December 2007 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
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