Buddhist Philosophy
on Grief, Dying, Gender, Desire and every else thing that matters.

Read Pema Khandro’s articles, essays and transcripts from talks about Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhism Women and Dzogchen.

Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 5: Organ Donation

There is a traditional story, a Jataka tale, of the Buddha’s past life before he became a Buddha. While walking in the mountains he happened upon a mother tiger and her cubs. They were starving to death and about to die.

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 4: Practices for the Deceased

This is also why Tibetan Buddhists believe that our loved ones can offer great help. By offering prayers, mantras and other practices at this time, it helps to comfort and guide the deceased through their passing, through the post-death state, into a state of greater peace and clarity. The Vajrasattva mantra can be recited every day for forty-nine days after the person has died.

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 3: Pain Medicine

Loved ones can participate by making prayers, reading prayers aloud to you and doing mantras and other Buddhist rituals. The Kuntuzangpo Prayer can be read to the dying person. This explains how appearances arise from the mind and fundamentally everything is luminous presence. The mani mantra can be done, Medicine Buddha mantra or Vajrasattva mantra.

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 2: Life Support

Buddhists believe that though the body dies that there is mental body that continues to journey from life time to the next, carrying with it the residue of karma with it. How the person’s mental-body leaves the physical form affects the experience of the post-death state and of the future birth.

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Emptying out Misconceptions – Making sense of Madhyamaka

The Buddhist teaching on emptiness offers radical perspective that breaks through the chains that bind us, the concepts and assumptions that obscure our perception. But emptying out misconceptions about emptiness requires a journey through the wide wonderful world of Buddhist philosophy.

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 1

One of the distinctive features of the Buddhist view of death and dying, is the notion that death is a process that begins before their last breath, during a time when the person is gradually transitioning from bodily life. And then it continues for many days afterwards.

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Buddhism on Self and Non-Self

Pema Khandro discusses Buddhism’s view of the person as a dynamic presence rather than a fixed identity separate from the world and limited by the past.

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Karmapa- Full Ordination for Tibetan Women

In an act of inspiring leadership, the 17th Karmapa has announced that he will restore the full ordination of nuns in Tibet.

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Harmonious Relationships

Pema Khandro answers students questions about whether it is useful to give other people critical feedback and advice. She explains that the root of the Buddhist teachings is examining one’s own mind and discusses harmonious relationships and a sane Buddhist community through relaxing in the face of others imperfections.

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Things Are Not What They Seem – 2 Minute Buddhist Philosophy Lesson with Pema Khandro

To be a growing, thriving, awakening human being requires both inspiration and intellectual rigor. We need to be adept at questioning our own beliefs, identifying our own motives and taking responsibility for our own minds. Buddhist philosophy is an exquisite resource for this work. I recommend every one on earth who possible can to learn as much Buddhist philosophy as possible. It is a way to polish, clean, challenge, expand and yes – blow your mind!

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