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Seabus Approaching North Vancouver


Watching the Seabus come into Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The nature of wisdom

Lamp for the Path: Verse 47

Understanding emptiness of inherent existence through realizing that the aggregates, constituents and sources are not produced [do not come into being] is described as wisdom.

“This reference to the emptiness of inherent existence of all things refers to the ultimate nature of reality. In our ordinary perception of the world, we tend to perceive things as enjoying some kind of absolute status, as having concrete, objective reality. If we subject them to deeper analysis, however, we find that things do not exist in the way that they appear to us. All things and events lack inherent nature, and this absence of inherent nature is their ultimate reality, or emptiness.

Given that things lack inherent existence, their properties, such as coming into being, abiding and ceasing, also lack inherent existence.”

Illuminating The Path to Enlightenment

Tenzin Gyatso
His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Of Tibet

A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment & Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s Lines of Experience

Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa

Edited by Rebecca McClen Novick, Thubten Jinpa, and Nicholas Ribush

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Rising Sun Over Kempenfelt Bay


Sunrise in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, looking eastward into Kempenfelt Bay. Sounds of birds, waves, people and things made by us.

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The qualities of the spiritual teacher

The qualifications of a suitable teacher can be found in texts from the vinaya all the way up to the Vajrayana. Since here we are discussing Mahayana teachings in general, we will consider the ten qualifications of the teacher as presented in Maitreya’s Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras:

  1. A disciplined mind (referring to the quality of having mastered the higher training in ethical discipline).
  2. A calmed mind (referring to the quality of having mastered the higher training in meditation and concentration).
  3. A mind that is thoroughly calmed (referring to the quality of having mastered the higher training in wisdom, particularly the wisdom of no-self (Skt: anatman, Tib: dag-med]).
  4. Knowledge exceeding that of the student in whatever subject is being taught.
  5. Energy and enthusiasm for teaching the student.
  6. Vast learning in order to have the resources from which to draw examples and citations.
  7. Realization of emptiness – if possible, a genuine realization of emptiness, but at least a strong commitment to the practice of emptiness on the basis of deep admiration for the teachings on it.
  8. Eloquence and skill in presenting the Dharma so that the teaching is effective.
  9. Deep compassion and concern for the well-being of the student to whom the teaching is given (perhaps the most important quality of all).
  10. The resilience to maintain enthusiasm for and commitment to the student, not becoming discouraged no matter how many times the teaching has to be repeated.

Illuminating The Path to Enlightenment

Tenzin Gyatso
His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Of Tibet

A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment & Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s Lines of Experience

Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa

Edited by Rebecca McClen Novick, Thubten Jinpa, and Nicholas Ribush

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A Creek In The Kootenays


Enjoying the flowing water and views along this creek outside of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. This water is heading towards Kokanee Creek Provincial Park flowing from the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

“This transient and impermanent nature of reality is not to be understood in terms of something coming into being, remaining for a while and then ceasing to exist. That is not the meaning of impermanence at the subtle level. Subtle impermanence refers to the fact that the moment things and events come into existence, they are already impermanent in nature; the moment they arise, the process of their disintegration has already begun. When something comes into being from its causes and conditions, the seed of its cessation is born along with it. It is not that something comes into being and then a third factor or condition causes its disintegration. That is not how to understand impermanence. Impermanence means that as soon as something comes into being, it has already started to decay.”

Illuminating The Path to Enlightenment

Tenzin Gyatso
His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Of Tibet

A Commentary on Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana’s A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment & Lama Je Tsong Khapa’s Lines of Experience

Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa

Edited by Rebecca McClen Novick, Thubten Jinpa, and Nicholas Ribush