Contemplating the Buddhist Path

Exploring Tibetan Buddhism

Training in Awakening

Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master ~by Gendun Rinpoche

As it Is ~by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Fearless Simplicity ~Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Magic Dance: The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis ~by Thinley Norbu

Lives of the Kagyu Lineage Masters

The Great Kagyu Masters: The Golden Lineage Treasury ~by Khenchen Konchok Gyaltshen Rinpoche

The Life of Marpa the Translator ~translated by the Nalanda translation committee

The Life of Milarepa ~translated by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa

The Life of Gampopa ~by Thrangu Rinpoche

We suffer without a choice. We do not want to suffer and we try everything to be happy but the suffering happens regardless of our wishes and we cannot do anything about it.

Why ? Because we have already created the causes for suffering in the past. Where are these causes of suffering ? They are in our minds right now, in the self centered mind and the negative emotions that result from this mental state.

If you really think about it, you come to understand that you are responsible for your own suffering and that there is no one else to blame. Understanding this, you will be able to tolerate difficulties and to avoid more suffering in the future. If you want to be happy you need to know the causes of happiness. The Buddha said: I can show you the path of liberation, but liberation depends upon yourself.

Whether you are Buddhist or not, whether you practice a religion or not, you have a mind, temporarily and all causes of happiness and suffering are in this mind.

The only cause of happiness is love and the only cause of suffering is attachment to the ego (the continuing need to satisfy the self). If you understand this, you understand the work of Karma, cause and effect, perfectly. All suffering without exception comes from the desire for one’s own personal happiness.”

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche