Glossary of Buddhist Terms

Abhidharma (Tib. chö mgön pa) The Buddhist teachings are often divided into the Tripitaka: the Sutras (teachings of the Buddha), the Vinaya (teachings on conduct or moral ethic), and the Abhidharma which is an extensive analysis of phenomena. With respect to mental states and factors, the Abhidharma, for example, lists the 100 states of the […]

Additional Q&A

How do Buddhists worship? Buddha is a generic word that means ‘Awakened One’. There have been countless Buddhas in the past and countless people will become Buddhas in the future. Buddhists regard all Buddhas as perfect guides, and practitioners develop faith in them and rely upon them as Spiritual Guides. By relying upon enlightened beings, […]

Electronic Applications

Dharma Treasure This free application is the very door to numerous electronic publications. Dharma teachings in English, as well as a collection of over 300 Tibetan scriptures in Tibetan language, are available for viewing on your phone or tablet. The Tibetan calendar, with all the special days for practitioners, is also included, which also include […]

Notes on Making Offerings

Making Offerings Making offerings help us to develop spiritual qualities by accumulating merit. Therefore, any act performed with a virtuous motivation brings merits, and the purer the objects of our offering, the greater the merit. If a student requests that lama presents a particular teaching, an empowerment or an interview, it is appropriate and customary […]

Q&A

Will I be pressured to join or convert? Absolutely not! Our activities are free and open to curious people of all backgrounds. Buddhism does not set itself apart from other religions, nor attach importance to “converting.” It is practice-oriented not ideological. Some people who follow the teachings of Buddha choose to identify themselves as Buddhist. […]