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 – 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 – 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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Prayers for Earthquake in Nepal

Dear Friends, Please join me in saying prayers for all the people of Nepal and the many people and families affected by the 7.9 earthquake and aftershocks that took place in Nepal this morning. The center of the earthquake was in Nepal, which been an important pilgrimage site for myself and for many other Buddhists … Continue reading Prayers for Earthquake in Nepal

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 2: Life Support

Buddhists believe that though the body dies that there is mental body that continues to journey from life time to the next, carrying with it the residue of karma with it. How the person’s mental-body leaves the physical form affects the experience of the post-death state and of the future birth.

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 1

One of the distinctive features of the Buddhist view of death and dying, is the notion that death is a process that begins before their last breath, during a time when the person is gradually transitioning from bodily life. And then it continues for many days afterwards.

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