“Enjoy your day. Enjoy your friendships. Enjoy your meditation. Rejoicing is the antidote for self-pity, envy and jealousy.” — Zasep Rinpoche

Most Buddhist practice — and Buddhist living — can be distilled down to the concept of “antidotes.” When our gurus give us teachings, it’s almost always in the form of an “antidote.” One of the most memorable descriptions of one of these antidotes came in a teaching by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche. The antidote to envy and jealousy, one of the great poisons described by Buddha, is a simple formula, but a profound one. Rinpoche advised: “It’s important to rejoice,” said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at a weekend Lam Rim and Green Tara retreat in Toronto. “It’s important to be positive.…

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Black Mahakala: when you practice this wrathful form of Chenrezig you “feel protected”

Black Mahakala is the wrathful Enlightened protector emanation of Chenrezig — Avalokiteshvara, the Compassionate Buddha. Just as any father might demonstrate wrath and fierceness to protect his children, Chenrezig appears as the ferocious six-armed “Great Black” Mahakala. [On July 23, 2019, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche will offer Six-Armed Mahakala empowerment. Details on event page>>] H.E. Venerable Zasep Rinpoche explains wrathful deities: “When you do wrathful deity practice, you… It gives you energy. You feel like “I am strong” and “I am protected.” But before you do wrathful practice, you start with lower tantras, the peaceful deities. And, every time you do…

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Happy Birthday H.E. Zasep Rinpoche!

We wish Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche a very happy birthday — and many more: “May the pure white light of your peerless wisdom shine undiminished until the end of existence.” This is a quote from the long-life prayer to Zasep Rinpoche composed by the illustrious Kyabje Trijang RInpoche at the request of Ponpo Nawang Losang.  [Adapted, with permission, from a feature on Buddha Weekly.] Immortal Rain The Long Life Prayer of Venerable Zasep Tulku By Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche     “Wisdom of all the Buddhas, Eternal adamantine nature, Clad in the three maroon robes and displaying the marks of perfection,…

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Chod Practice: Ultimate Bodhichitta “Cuts your attachments”

The vivid and visceral imagery of Chod Practice — where you visualize offering your own body to all sentient beings, chopped up into grisly bits, and presented in a human skull — can lead to extreme misunderstanding. Teachings such as Chod are advanced and profoundly effective practices that help us “cut” our ego, tame our internal “demons” and develop genuine bodhichitta for all beings. But, the need for explanation and teacher guidance is critical. The hypnotic beat of Chod drums and bells, and the careful chanting of melodious but mysterious chants at first seem provocative, and beautiful. Then, when the…

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Medicine Buddha guided healing meditation video: H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

A short 16-minute guided Medicine Buddha meditation and “mini teaching” from H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, from the learning video series from Buddha Weekly. The most Venerable Zasep Rinpoche guides a full Medicine Buddha healing visualization meditation followed by the amazing vocals of Yoko Dharma chanting the Medicine Buddha mantra for several minutes. (Don’t miss this wonderful mantra chanting with gorgeous Medicine Buddha images.) Sit straight, close your eyes and let Rinpoche guide you with the healing light and nectar of the great Medicine Buddha, then chant along with Yoko Dharma for healing activity. Rinpoche also teaches the proper pronunciation of…

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Books from H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

H.E. Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche continues to share precious knowledge through an expanding group of books, available now on Amazon in most countries: Rinpoche’s author profile page on Amazon is here>> Gelug Mahamudra: Eloquent Speech of Manjushri By Ven Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Gelug Mahamudra, Eloquent Speech of Manjushri, Zasep Rinpoche unpacks the profound subject of Mahamudra meditation — the “very heart of Buddha’s teachings” — for the modern western Buddhist student.Drawing on many decades of teaching experience in the west, he distils volumes of knowledge on Mahamudra — the most advanced and significant teachings in Vajrayana — into a concise…

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Gaden Choling Toronto is a Buddhist Mahayana Meditation Centre, established over 30 years ago under spiritual director Venerable Zasep Rinpoche. Many great spiritual teachers, such as HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche and HH Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche have given many amazing holy teachings and initiations at Gaden Choling.

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