Introductory Principles for Beginners

Dharma talk given by Lama Matthew Rice April 1st, 2018.

The Introductory Principles by Longchen Rabjam
In this regard, six principles are to be observed:
Uphold the three higher trainings, which are the foundation of the spiritual path.
Listen to and contemplate a variety of teachings without bias.
Calm yourself physically, verbally, and mentally, and gain control over your own experience.
Refrain from harmful actions and nurture your goodness.
Cultivate self-respect, decorum, and faith.
Rely on spiritual mentors and good companions.
These are absolutely crucial principles for beginners.

 

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Tibetan New Year Celebration

Please join us Friday, February 16th at 5 pm as we celebrate the Tibetan New Year or Losar. This New Year is designated as the year of the Earth Dog.

Losar traces its origins to the pre- Buddhist period in Tibetan when Tibetans practiced a winter spiritual ceremony during which large amounts of incense were offered to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors. This celebration evolved into a Buddhist festival tied the introduction of time based on phases of the moon. It may have been the first celebration of what has become the tradition of farmers’ festivals. After the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the festival became known as Losar.
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