Aren’t You Supposed To Be Enlightened? (when you should be alarmed)

Are we supposed to be “enlightened?” Are we supposed to be perfect? If not, how do we measure our lives as Buddhists? If we are not expecting that, what standards are we holding ourselves to? Once I knew a Buddhist who regularly quoted a passage explaining why it was ok that he was grouchy all … Continue reading Aren’t You Supposed To Be Enlightened? (when you should be alarmed)

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Beautiful Tibet & A Buddhist Yogi

This is a photo I took of Katok monastery in Tibet, last month during the celebration of Padmasambhava. Katok offers another example of how Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis have played a major role in Tibetan Buddhist history. Katok Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in eastern Tibet. It is also the oldest monastery of the Nyingma … Continue reading Beautiful Tibet & A Buddhist Yogi

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Buddhist Women: One Nun’s Hardship & Beauty

Long ago, in tenth or eleventh century, legends tell of a Buddhist nun who came to be known as Gelongma Palmo. She was a princess from Kashmir who, due to her great beauty, could have been married to kings from neighboring countries but decided instead to become a Buddhist nun. Because of her aptitude for study, her teacher appointed her as a head of the monastic community. But the boons of her early life could not have foreshadowed the horrors she would have to endure.

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Buddhist Women – The Story of A Survivor

This is a story of Nangsa Obum – an eleventh century Tibetan Buddhist woman who overcame extreme obstacles including persecution, domestic violence and even death. In the end she became a great yogini, living a life devoted to liberation of her self and others.

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Photos: Sakyadhita Conference 2015

Photos from the recent Sakyadhita Buddhist Women’s Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with representation of numerous  Buddhist lineages.      

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Buddhist Women – A Hero in Dark Times

Continuing the series on Buddhist women, this is the story of teacher who, despite her family members being murdered, being forced into exile and dealing with debilitating health condition, becomes a hero. She was a major teacher and the pivotal figure in the restoration of a major Tibetan monastery and its lineage.

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Buddhist Women – Remembering the Yoginis

Tibetan Buddhism has not only been carried on by monks and nuns but also yogis, yoginis and many other leaders who fall outside the “lay monastic” divide. Recalling the history of Buddhist women requires including the surprisingly diverse roles that women have played in Tibetan Buddhist history.

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Buddhist Women – the Dalai Lama’s Mother

This is the story of Dalai Lama’s mother, Diki Tsering. “It was both faith and fate that propelled me into my unbelievable life as the mother of the Dalai Lama…”

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Buddhist Women’s Conference – Mutual Appreciation and Non Sectarianism

Buddhist women from different countries walked around wearing each of their different colors of robes, representing the practices of Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen and more! People wearing different robes frequently stopped one another in order to take pictures, because we all wanted to have photos of all the different kinds of ordained traditions.

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Buddhist Women – Tibet’s First Female Tulku (reincarnate lama)

Pema Khandro tells the story of Sonam Peldren, a Tibetan Buddhist yogini, who is the earliest recorded female tulku, a reincarnated lama. She lived in thirteenth-fourteenth century Tibet.

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