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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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How to Stop a Meltdown Before It starts

Four Slogans to Stop a Meltdown and Start Buddha Mind People often think Buddhism focuses exclusively on staying calm and keeping calm in calm peaceful atmospheres but Buddhist tantra values a different kind of entry point – crisis. Extreme experiences are regarded as fertile ground in Vajrayana Buddhism. When things are at their most difficult, when … Continue reading How to Stop a Meltdown Before It starts

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Carrying Illness onto the Path

Buddhist Advice for Carrying Illness Into the Path Buddhist biographies have few detailed accounts of illness and disease. However, since illness and disease have been such teachers to me, I have found inspiration from those less common passages and stories which touch on this tender topic, so central to our human experience. The nineteenth century … Continue reading Carrying Illness onto the Path

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She Was A Natural Yogini

Zurmo Gendun bum – A Post on Buddhist Women in Tibetan History There was a fourteenth century (1) female master of the Nyingma lineage who came from the Zur family. Her name was Zurmo Gendun bum. (Tib. zur mo dge ’dun ’bum). Nyingma yogini, member of the powerful Zur family, endowed with natural dignity, female … Continue reading She Was A Natural Yogini

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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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