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FOR MY MOM

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder0 Comments

I’ve spent these early adult years pursuing a listless nostalgia for a wholeness I couldn’t remember how to articulate. Being in the presence of the Dalai Lama reminded me that I never needed to look further than my own mother, who has shown me selfless love from the beginning.

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ANCIENT MEDITATIONS FOR MODERN TIMES

In MINDFULNESS by Frans Stiene0 Comments

Many ancient Asian meditation practices have come to the West since the early 60’s. But are they of benefit in this modern day and age? We have lost our groundedness and centeredness due to being more in our heads, we constantly ask why, how, who, what, when? And therefore we are always analyzing and over thinking things.

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WHEN IT’S HARD TO BE COMPASSIONATE

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder1 Comment

How does one respond compassionately to the negative confusion that drives men to assault women — meaning, how can victims of assault respond in a way that mitigates negativity rather than perpetuates it? Given that the issue is systemic, it seems that angry, irritated, traumatized, or violent reactions are the only avenue available to us in face to face encounter.

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UNDER THE KIND GAZE OF AMA YANGRI

In PILGRIMAGE by Dorje Phuntsok0 Comments

In 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit several power places of Padmasambhava, spending some weeks in retreat at one, and doing meditation and puja at others. I will share some of my experiences in the hope of encouraging others to visit these holy sites which confer blessings even though one lacks faith or even interest.

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WITHOUT EMOTION, THERE IS NO WAY TO PUT THINGS INTO EFFECT

In INSIGHTS by Sonia Gomes6 Comments

One of my first questions to a teacher was about emotions. In my mistaken view, Buddhists were people who had subjugated all their conflicts, and so they lived continually in a state of equilibrium, which, for me, made them unshakable, but also somewhat insensitive. If I practiced Buddhism, would I become a person in total self-control, cold and without emotions?

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WHEN THE LONE OWL CALLS

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren3 Comments

I lived less than a hundred meters away from an old village cremation ground and witnessed the unceasing flow of processions, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly. The solemn groups of family, friends and community members who carried the deceased on their final journey to fires of dissolution all passed by my small abode.

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LIVING LITERATURE: THE ART OF THE PUJA

In EMPOWERMENT by Lowell Cook6 Comments

Lowell Cook, poet and author based in Nepal writes on how it is to be part of a major transmission of knowledge in the Vajrayana tradition. It was a unique and historic event with Dharma students gathering from all corners of the world to receive the empowerments.

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AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder0 Comments

This year, I find myself away from home on Christmas Eve for the first time. It’s not as if I’ll be missing out on much. Things will play out as they always have. In the morning, my dad and three sisters will walk our new puppy to go get coffee. Last year, we walked our other dog, Charger, but he died in April.

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INVOKING SANTA

In POETRY by Adam Moes0 Comments

My jolly demeanor puts everyone in good cheer and as all the dream beings adopt my attitude of pure generosity and sharing,
all lack, or sense of scarcity is completely banished and instead everyone delights in a wonderful feeling of abundance, satisfaction, and contentedness.