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This podcast site contains timely discussions and interviews concerning practical notions and methodologies for all -- regardless of level of experience or knowledge -- who are curious, interested or an ongoing student/practitioner of Himalayan (aka Tibetan) Buddhism. These podcasts are products of The Chenrezig Project, a Buddhist study/discussion group located in Boulder County, CO. Mark Winwood, a member of the undergraduate Psychology teaching faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, is ...
 
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It is auspicious awareness for Dharma practitioners to remain mindful how each of our lifetime's event/moments present opportunities for empowering wisdom energies to arise and abide. Then, as insights blossom, long-held perspectives and self-oriented attitudes will often transform in quite unexpected ways. Consider: the flourishing of these insigh…
 
The inherently potent merging of Tibetan Buddhism-supported mind states, in concert with the vibrational qualities of Sanskrit sounds and syllables, provides a direct, enriching stimulus to the energies -- and results -- of our Dharma practice. This has been understood and experienced by practitioners for centuries, who will recite teachings and pr…
 
Everything is changing, advancing . . . collectively and individually . . . moment-by-moment. Until instinctive insights begin to manifest, reactions to impermanence set many of our challenges into motion, swirling into what Siddhartha termed afflictive mind-states (aka kleshas) of "dukkha" – ignorance-sourced confusions and complications leading t…
 
Visualize a vast railroad terminal resembling New York City’s Grand Central Station, with newly dead people entering all the time, mulling around, eventually moving from the waiting room toward the track on which their departure train sits, ready to take them away on a sojourn through the Bardo of Becoming to their next destination. And while we wi…
 
The legendary Lao Tzu was living and teaching a harmonious way of being -- simple, modest and true -- traveling throughout China centuries before Siddhartha's birth. Upon achieving enlightenment, Siddhartha Buddha refined, deepened and shared similar ways to all who were inclined to listen. Then, after his death, these teachings were assembled and …
 
Consider: How convenient would it be to have a 'Karma' Replay Command Center into which we could call when needed to replay an action or moment we had participated in? An at-the-ready 'redo' button for any occurrence that, upon reflection, we'd like to correct or fix the 'why' or 'how' we behaved with others . . . and thereby repairing or 're-conte…
 
"How does my mind work?" It was a question posed to the 21st Century Bodhisattva at the conclusion of a teaching. After pausing to collect her thoughts, the Bodhisattva smiled sofly and began to speak not only about the experiential mechanics of mind-flow, but of the path of progressive engagement that empowers one to begin to understand for themse…
 
The historians tell us Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, lived more than 2,500 years ago in Northern India. Having uncovered and freed the enlightened mind, it is said he taught the path of similar achievement to others for 45 years, until his death at the age of 80. Precious work, done remarkably well; obviously the Buddha and his teachin…
 
Posed by a student to the 21st Century Bodhisattva at the conclusion of a teaching: "There's this nagging question, What do I want? The truth is, it's slippery. How can I ever know what I truly want when everything is always changing . . . including my flip-flopping mind, the basis of my entire experience?" "Do you have any advice for me?" After so…
 
Absolutely everything (i.e., anything) we can point to as 'this' or 'that' is occurring in a dynamically ever-changing manner . . . organic . . . on the fly . . . at times seemingly chaotic . . . the sum of its parts . . . perpetually compiling and re-compiling . . . including the profoundly complex occurrences we refer to as You and Me and Us. All…
 
Reflection upon a foundational Diamond Sutra verse yields a clear and relevant message to those on the Mahayana path: Every sentient being is equally worthy of our attention, caring, cherishing, virtuous intentions and actions. This understanding -- from which the great mind of equanimity, compassion's fertile ground, arises and abides -- is profou…
 
This time of year can be difficult for many -- obligatory family gatherings, stress, pressure, stale relationships, contrived cheer, discomfort. But consider: perhaps there's no more fertile setting for meaningful Dharma practice than within our own families. Because while time shared with those with whom we're most familiar can be challenging, it …
 
Teachers -- those we learn from; they are everywhere . . . and always have been. Consider the people of your life -- in your past and those who are here now. Try to clear your mind of feelings of attachment and/or aversion and ask yourself, with an openly honest heart: “What has this person taught me? How have they influenced me, enabling me to be …
 
A Tibetan craftsman created the Thangka for her, depicting a luminous Buddha surrounded by empowering deities and Dharma protectors. Over the years she has spent many hours in its presence; fondly sitting with it, adoring and appreciating it as one would a precious friend. The Buddha at its center had never spoken to her. Until now. (Length: 12 min…
 
Finally . . . tangible proof. Announcing: a product that confirms Karma does exist, via a boundless system of seeds (or traces of directional disposition) that both 'plant' and 'blossom' in every moment of consciousness, within all minds. Introducing Apple's new mobile app >> the i-Karma Kounter. It's groundbreaking -- driven by complex, proprietar…
 
In our rush to purchase and consume, everything becomes commodity, and we often forget about -- if we ever considered them at all -- the sources from which our desired goods and products come. And we easily ignore all that has been done to bring them to us . . . even when extreme hardships have been endured. Please don't allow that to happen with t…
 
An ordinary package delivery . . . refreshing iced tea accompanied by an awakening conversation between a United Parcel Service driver and the 21st Century Bodhisattva. The topics: timeless interconnection and deeply felt gratitude. (Length: 8 minutes) Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, recorded in collaboration with Claire Van Ber…
 
It seems there are some who see Buddhist practice as a path of tame irrelevance: a way that promotes peace (aka passivity), gentleness (aka weakness) and non-violence (aka non-action) . . . docile, inconsequential, tuned-out. Of course, anyone who has gazed -- and plunged -- into the deep, fiercely loving eyes of a trusted lama, or who lives and pr…
 
I have heard stories of a man, regarded by some to be odd in his ways, who lives camped on a small ridge overlooking a creek near the bottom of a particularly deep watershed ravine deep in the mountains . . . a wilderness man who is said to be a deeply awakened Buddhist practitioner, perhaps even a burgeoning Buddha. And so, early one morning, I se…
 
Beginning with a discussion about the Pineal gland -- and prompted by aspersions of "narrow-mindedness" -- here are some thoughts on the nature of imagination and its role on the path of Buddhist study, practice and engagement. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of imagination includes "the ability to think of new and/or familiar things i…
 
Some people look upon crying as an indication of self-pity or weakness, a loss of self-control or indication of some sort of emotional disorder or infirmity . . . or perhaps merely a means of manipulation. But for those on the Buddhist path, tears often emerge for reasons quite different; signaling a profound opening to a richer embrace of our rang…
 
The question of how to most effectively communicate Dharma insights and sensitivities with those not familiar with Buddhist perspectives was raised at a recent gathering. Some ideas on how notions such as Interpersonal Relationships, Navigating Impermanence, Patience, Joy, Confidence and Well-Being arise through understanding-born wisdom . . . and …
 
Tibetan Buddhism is a path of accumulated wisdom, a path of practice and engagement . . . leading away from ignorant self-centeredness toward true virtue and happiness. It is the way of Dharma, of honesty -- beautiful, challenging, perhaps scary at times and always beneficial. It leads to a reality so intuitively correct and freeing that, upon enco…
 
There are countless Buddhas throughout the universe continuously working for our benefit by emanating in every sort of fashion . . . bringing about insights, realizations and perhaps even moments of progressive awakening. In Buddhism these experiences are known as blessings, and the only thing that restricts our direct knowledge of them is our own …
 
(Written and inspired by the joy of HH Dalai Lama's 86th birthday.) An excerpt: "Things are going well for me, Mother. I am in good health and enthusiastic in my work. Intellectual, imaginative, stimulating, virtuous and joyous is this path; I am profoundly appreciative to you for providing me with the life force that has enabled me to journey upon…
 
Most Westerners equate Mind with thinking, but in Buddhism it is acknowledged to be vastly more . . . Mind is the entire spectrum of our inner experiences: thoughts, feelings, perceptions, consciousness, subconsciousness, unconsciousness. It is our perceiver, translator, reflector and mirror. Without it there is nothing . . . within it is everythin…
 
From the 17th century French Canadian basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupre, to a young couple performing Medicine Buddha-oriented offerings in a verdant meadow in the midst of Washington State's Alpine Enchantments, virtuous paths of belief and practice abound as years and miles melt together. Good hearts . . . confident minds . . . clear and harmoni…
 
Buddhist practice leads us to see that our mind is beyond precious and teaches us how to tend to it, learning to discern those states of mind that are unwholesome or harmful and those that are beneficial. Once identified, we choose -- hopefully wisely -- which to let pass and which to nourish. This is the animated structure of beneficial Karmic act…
 
On the eve of Saka Dawa, the full moon day on which Siddhartha's birth, enlightenment and passing into Parinirvana upon his death are joyously celebrated in Tibetan Buddhist communities and among practitioners world-wide, here is a heartfelt dispatch to him . . . along with a request. (Length: 14 minutes) Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig …
 
The Dharma path is one of grace; teachings are everywhere. Be curious, remain humble. Read, watch and listen carefully . . . learn from everyone and everything and continue doing so while maintaining your sense of humor. You already have all you'll ever need -- lace up your traveling shoes and get on with it . . . in short order you'll be walking d…
 
She is within each and every step you take . . . She guides you toward moments of clarity and wisdom, helping to free you when you are confused and distracted. She is safety . . . She is brilliance . . . She is fearlessness . . . She is your wisest self, your very best mind, your kindest heart . . . She is Awakening . . . She is Precious . . . She …
 
They are the Coastal Redwoods, aka Sequoia Sempervirens -- native to the American West, living among the clouds and foggy canyons of the Pacific coastal mountains. Bunyan-esque and virtually indestructible (except by human loggers and their saw mills), they are perhaps our most noble Dharma teachers. (Length: 13 minutes) Shared here by Mark Winwood…
 
For your consideration: If you would receive great wealth to forget all the Dharma you've ever learned and/or experienced . . . your insights and understandings, knowledge and practices . . . all of it, every bit . . . and by so doing slip back into the mind you had before first encountering the Dharma . . . might you do it? (Length: 12 minutes) Wr…
 
We live in a world of often-forgettable sound bites: advertising jingles, political slogans, song verses, news headlines, tweets, jargon, etc. Here is a message we believe is significantly worth remembering, it comes from the 8th century Indian master, Shantideva . . . (Length: 10 minutes) Written and presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Proj…
 
Change -- sometimes wanted, often unwanted -- is a central feature of life. It can be both subtle and obvious; exhilarating, confusing, exhausting and relieving. It will often spark deep sadness or relief, resistance or grasping . . . and it rarely comes in a form we prefer. Here is a story of Charlie and Olivia . . . and change. (Length: 11 minute…
 
It is in the river waters of the Pacific North that Salmon, the essence of nature's wild and bountiful grandeur, are born and, after years swimming free in the vast ocean, return to spawn. Herein are some thoughts on the lives --and the ultimate dignity -- of these regional sentient treasures. (Length: 10 minutes) Written by Mark Winwood of the Che…
 
Q: What role does Karma play in the ongoing experiences of our rebirth and next life? A: An innately intrinsic one -- you are architecting the tone and tenor of your future mind now, moment-by-moment . . . just as was done by those who came before you. Meaningful awareness of this can be profoundly beneficial. (Length: 11 minutes) Written and prese…
 
As much as Tibetan Buddhism is an intrinsic aspect of the Himalaya, so also are those mysterious beings known to the world as the Yeti. Noting the devastating earthquake(s) that struck Nepal in April of 2015, we share this "might have been" tale. (Length: 10 minutes) Written and presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project. Background music c…
 
Chitray is a tiny hamlet perched on a Himalayan ridge along the Sikkim-Nepal border. For one Western trekker, absorbing the 'effects' of sitting alongside its stupa early on a foggy morning, Chitray became one of the most far-reaching places she's ever been. (Length: 9 minutes) Written and presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project. Backgro…
 
It is said that Buddhas -- fully awakened beings -- may manifest in any place, at any time and in any form . . . even as a spiny urchin in the icy waters of the Pacific Northwest's Salish Sea. (Length: 8 minutes) Written and presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project. Background music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area music…
 
Consider: Emptiness -- that often referred to, generally misunderstood aspect of mind that is so often referred to in the Buddhist wisdom teachings . . . is anything but empty. It is within the limitless nature of emptiness – the emptiness of any inherent and consistent self -- that the vastness of our potential(s) dwell. So what is it we are empty…
 
Reflections on Buddhist Dharma, trees and Indra’s Net as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all concepts, ideas, and life. Since all things are intimately intertwined with one another, every action is echoed throughout time and space creating a butterfly effect across the cosmos. Peace begets peace, violence begets violence. (Length: 12 minut…
 
One of the enduring Dharma discussions in the West centers around "What Is Buddhism -- Is it Science, Social Perspective or Religion?" In this broadcast, the Chenrezig Project's Mark Winwood examines the science within Tibetan Buddhist practice, including some of the notions that are relevant to so many . . . whether students/practitioners of Buddh…
 
In this broadcast, the Chenrezig Project's Mark Winwood welcomes Teresa Opolka, a local (Carnation) wetland ecologist/botanist. Teresa is the founder of the Aquatica Environmental Consulting group specializing in projects in the greater Puget Sound region, focusing on wetland and stream resources. The interconnections between the increasingly inhab…
 
Many of us are seeking to develop our innate capacity for compassion and wisdom in order to live a most happy, peaceful and beneficial life. The "16 Guidelines" are a simple and robust Tibetan Buddhism-sourced framework for reflecting on the ways we think, act, relate to others and find meaning in life . . . as well as for creating the causes of tr…
 
Mind: every sentient being has one but very few understand -- or even think about -- how their mind works. In this broadcast, Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project shares the fundamental Buddhist wisdom teaching The Heart Sutra, which puts forth a description of the ongoing workings of mind in terms of "what's there" . . . and what's not. -- Psst .…
 
In this broadcast, the Chenrezig Project's Mark Winwood discusses aspects of two questions he was recently asked: (1) Why do you (meaning "us") do what you do regarding shared/engaged Dharma?, and (2) Understanding that deeply stubborn self-cherishing, self-centeredness, self-importance, etc. are at the source of so many of our problems, how do we …
 
Death awaits us all. In this broadcast, Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project discusses the Bardo Thodol (aka Tibetan Book of the Dead) and shares some of the Tibetan ideas of what death is as well as what occurs and is felt during the dying process . . . including what we can begin doing now to create the causes for the "best possible" experience(…
 
In this broadcast, the Chenrezig Project's Mark Winwood shares some of the fundamental aspects of one of Mahayana Buddhism's most revered (and studied) Prajnaparimta teachings, The Perfection of Wisdom that Cuts Like a Diamond Sutra, aka The Diamond Sutra. (Length: 55 minutes) -- Note: This podcast was originally broadcast as an "Elegant Mind" epis…
 
In this broadcast Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project expounds upon a recent talk he shared with inmates and their families at the Monroe Correctional Complex (Monroe, WA) on Buddhist perspectives of Family Values. Also included: a discussion on Tibetan child-rearing practices, specifically for toddlers and the very young. (Length: 53 minutes) --…
 
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