Dharma Notes

1205172760_90024abd00_mThe Chenrezig Project is pleased to make these “dharma notes” freely available for the reading. These documents have been distributed in our gatherings. Based on their purpose, some are more detailed than others. All files are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and require the free Adobe Reader to download and print. These files have been compiled from multiple content sources. We thank those who have contributed the information, inspiration and practical wisdom included, and dedicate the merit gained herein to the benefit of sentient beings everywhere. To download and read, please click on the file title.


Who was the Buddha? -A short (one-page) overview of the Buddha’s life. Important concept: Buddha was just a man, not a “God” or divine entity.

The Four Immeasurables -The four altruistic qualities one achieves with complete enlightenment. They are quite wonderful.

Albert Einstein on Buddhism -Although Albert Einstein was not a Buddhist, these statements resonate with Buddhist insight and perspective.

Karma -Karma is defined as “action” . . . ideas, insights and quotes on the law of “cause and effect” that is at the core of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

The Metta Sutra -The text of the Buddha’s words on loving-kindness. “Metta” is defined as a strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others. An easily accessible, beautiful document.

Om Mani Padme Hum -Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum out loud or silently to oneself invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. (Note: This is a very good thing to do.)

The Wheel of Life -The Tibetan Wheel of Life symbolizes the Buddhist perspective on life and contains within it numerous symbols of Buddhist themes and teachings.

Why Buddhism? -In the midst of Buddhism’s explosive growth in the Western world, this document examines, “What does Buddhism possess that is especially valuable and helpful?

Words of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama -A thought-provoking collection of insights from one of the world’s most loved and quoted figures.

What Is Buddha Nature? -Buddha Nature. Everybody’s got it, in fact all sentient beings have it, whether aware or completely ignorant of its presence. It manifests as knowledge, wisdom, good thoughts, good actions.

The Diamond Sutra -It is one of Buddhism’s most treasured texts, as it penetrates our minds to reveal the subtle reality of nature. A block-printed copy found in a sealed-up cave in northwestern China dates back to the ninth century, making it the world’s oldest printed “book.” This file includes a summary of the text’s major passages.

A Summary of Two Major Buddhist Texts -The gently persuasive Dhammapada and the Tipitaka (Three Baskets) are discussed. Includes a link to the complete text of the Dhammapada online.

The Tathagatagarba Sutra -This Buddha-Garbha (Buddha Matrix or Essence) is revealed by the Buddha to his more advanced students as the unchanging and peaceful Buddha Quintessence within each being, but which also actively functions as the seed of all positive spiritual qualities.

“Chenrezig Project” Flyer

Please feel free to download and distribute our first Chenrezig Project flyer. With a beautiful full-color rendering of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, this inaugural flyer may in time become a collector’s item — print and display it as artwork, post on a public bulletin board or send along as email to people you think might benefit by knowing about us. It’s a PDF file, so you will need the free Adobe Reader.