BuddhaOfferingThe teachings are the foundation for understanding, the path on which we travel towards enlightenment. If we try to practice without the guidance of the teachings—or a skilled teacher—we are like a blind man walking in an open field: every direction seems equally viable, and we could stride over a cliff as easily as towards our goal. Yet with the teachings as guideposts, we are able to progress confidently towards true understanding.

When we know about something it’s a teaching; when we do it, it’s a practice.
These teachings illuminate the key truths Buddha taught, how to examine our own lives, understand ourselves and cope with our daily problems.

The Four Truths

PathwayForestSoon after reaching enlightenment, Buddha shared his insights with a group of fellow seekers—people who were truly noble in spirit. Often, therefore, referred to as the Four Noble Truths, these teachings contain all the ideas inherent in Buddhism, and together form a path towards enlightenment.

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Morality

BuddhasMoralityMorality is woven into the fabric of all Buddhist teachings; it is the foundation from which enlightenment becomes possible. Wisdom does not spring solely from the brain’s cleverness; it requires an open heart, filled with merit. Thus, by embracing, practicing and truly internalizing the morality teachings, we create the conditions that can lead to freedom from confusion and suffering, and, therefore, to understanding.

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Meditation

MeditateOutdoorsIn its broadest form, meditation is a universal means of survival. Our minds race constantly, filled with random thoughts and emotions, future plans and past experiences. Without a break from this relentless kaleidoscope we would go crazy. So we find ways to rest. Athletes get into the zone. Musicians plunge into music. Drivers lose a sense of time. Meditation leverages this basic skill to become present in daily life.

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Wisdom

BuddhaWisdomAll beings—from humans to insects—have the innate capacity to become enlightened. Yet we are like penniless people living atop a gold mine: we live in spiritual poverty because we don’t tap our inner riches. To do so requires effort. We must undertake constant learning, examination and practice. Ultimately, this awakens our primordial wisdom, allowing us to truly see.

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Meaning of Abbreviations

* The following day is a missing or a double date accroding to Tibetan calendar.
BA Amitabha Buddha Day
BD Baden: unfavourable for putting up flags
BM Medicine Buddha Day
BS Shakyamuni Buddha Day
DP Dharmapala Day
LD Ludok: unfavourable for Naga Offering
LT Luthep: favourable for Naga Offering
ME Moon Eclipse: great day for accumulation of merit
NG Ngenpa Guzom: unfavourable for new project, e.g. gathering, inauguration
NN Nyinag: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
SE Sun Eclipse: a greater day for accumulation of merit
SN Shakngen: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
TN Tashi Nyima: auspicious day in a general sense
YK Yenkong: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
ZC Zangpo Chuzom: auspicious day, good for gathering

Duchen great anniversaries, special days of Buddha Shakyamuni, etc., good for accumulating merits.
Tsezang good days for accumulating merits
Naga Powerful long-lived serpent-like beings who inhabit in water, guard great treasure. Some great protectors of the Dharma are nagas such as Eight Major Nagas.