Vajrayana Buddhism Association

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From time to time, I have friends telling me that they go to Buddhist establishments to attend meditative practices. Generally, meditation is seen as a good thing. But there is always a nagging feeling at the back of my mind. One is about what to do with one’s eyes/senses during meditation.…

The Art of Zen

Close_up_waterdrop_on_flower_cb_wp8Those who bothered to read “Two Cedars Piercing the Sky” might be scratching your head. Why is Emily Dickinson relevant at all? Well, there is a particular Zen quality to her writing. Master Tam translated three of her poems, “My river runs to thee,” “I died for beauty, but was scarce” and “Because I could not stop for Death.” For those who are fluent in Chinese, they can been seen here:

I translated Tam’s translator note (!) below.…

Two Cedars piercing the Sky

Male Bullock's Oriole at Atascadero LakeFor fun, a colleague and I translated a poem Master Tam wrote in 1976 (published in Mingpao Monthly in April 1976), in memory of Emily Dickinson for the 90th anniversary of her passing. The left column is his original poem, the right column is our experiment.…

Special Lecture on the Preliminary Practice (Toronto, April 13)

SHEIN_Dancers1On the April 13 (Saturday, 10:30am – 1pm) meditation class, you are invited to a special class on the Preliminary Practice. (It is published in English as “The Dzogchen Innermost Essence Preliminary Practice” also colloquially known as “the core teaching that is vast and pervasive.”) The Preliminary Practice is considered the “common” foundation in many Buddhist traditions.…

March Class and Meditation Schedule (Toronto)

March Class and Meditation Schedule (Toronto)

General Meditation: Saturdays, 10:30am-noon (March 30: Easter Holiday, no class)

Intermediate Meditation: Tuesdays, 7:30pm

Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation: Wednesday, March 6, 8:30pm

Monthly Group Meditation: Saturday, March 23, 8pm…

January Class and Meditation Schedule (Toronto)

January Class and Meditation Schedule (Toronto)

Introduction to Meditation: Saturdays 10:30-noon

A continuation of the sessions on non-duality of mind and breathing, we will be more sessions every Saturday 10:30-noon. The emphasis is on breathing as a tool in meditation for bringing awareness to the functioning (vitality) of the/your mind.…