Tibetan Buddhism: The Elegant Mind
Teachers Are Everywhere

Teachers Are Everywhere

November 28, 2021

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 the person I am today?"

Be patient with this, allow contemplation . . . perhaps you will experience the clarity through which you see and appreciate them (and yourself) in increasingly -- and profoundly -- empowering new ways.

(Length: 13 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, with music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

Meditation Beneath the Thangka

Meditation Beneath the Thangka

November 9, 2021

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 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, with music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

The i-Karma Kounter

The i-Karma Kounter

October 23, 2021

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, proprietary algorithms; a real-time overseer of individual behaviorism, right on your smartphone . . . a perfectly awakened collaboration of technology, personal psychology and Buddhist mind-science . . . practical for anyone interested in reliable 'tap-the-app' Self Knowing at any/all times.

** Yes, this is a parody, but it does include a summary of the workings of Karma . . . 

(Length: 14 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, with music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega in collaboration with Chris Rossbach.

Our Most Precious Links

Our Most Precious Links

October 13, 2021

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 the profoundly empowering teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, for which deepest appreciation and gratitude for so many is warranted.

(Length: 11 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, with music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

The UPS Sutra

The UPS Sutra

September 25, 2021

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 Bergen.  With music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

Warriors?  Indeed!

Warriors? Indeed!

September 15, 2021

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 practices in accordance with the empowering intensity of Dharma teachings, knows a reality that is quite different.

(Length: 11 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, accompanied by music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

Wearing the Natural Face

Wearing the Natural Face

August 29, 2021

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 set out . . . 

(Length: 13 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, accompanied by music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

On Imagination (and Buddhism)

On Imagination (and Buddhism)

August 25, 2021

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 in new ways."

And so, consider imagination not to be something unreal or perhaps even magical, but rather quite practical in terms of how to cultivate and empower our potential(s) . . . both intellectual/rational and creative.

(Length: 12 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, accompanied by music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

Buddhists Cry Too

Buddhists Cry Too

August 17, 2021

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 range of experience.

Sometimes we cry on the outside, our eyes filling with tears . . . but the crying of which we're speaking here occurs inside, in that aspect of mind we refer to as heart. And the Buddhist heart cries not tears of weakness but of understanding and strength . . . tears of compassion.

As such, crying can be a wonderful moment, the physical effect of a quantum spiritual step, akin to breaking out of the shell of self-cherishing and preparing to fly.

(Length: 12 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, accompanied by music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

Understanding and (Practical) Wisdom

Understanding and (Practical) Wisdom

August 8, 2021

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 might be demonstrably shared . . . are presented.

(Length: 9 minutes)

Presented by Mark Winwood of the Chenrezig Project, accompanied by music composed and performed by the renowned SF Bay-area musician Bobby Vega.

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