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UNDER THE KIND GAZE OF AMA YANGRI

In PILGRIMAGE by Dorje Phuntsok2 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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BRINGING MINDFULNESS BACK TO ITS BUDDHIST ROOTS

In MINDFULNESS by Rikke Braren Lauritzen3 Comments

During five weeks in Nepal, mindfulness teacher Rikke Braren Lauritzen tested the waters at a traditional nunnery and discovered that it is possible to fuse a spiritual path which draws on both the old wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and the modern scientific-based interventions used in the Mindful School program, to support the new generation of young monastics living in the 21st Century.

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MEETING YANGSI KHYENTSE RINPOCHE

In PILGRIMAGE by Kim Roberts2 Comments

According to Tibetan Buddhists, when a great master reincarnates, though he still retains the level of realization he attained in his previous life, he needs to go through the process of remembering it through formal instruction in this life so as better at teaching others.

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A WEEK IN THE CAVE

In RETREAT by Doug Ten Rose0 Comments

The first day is not as silent as you might think it would be. The invading noises of bats, jungle, and ocean blend in flurried motion to become that deeper internal silence that negates all commotion. Disturbing isolation becomes a comforting meditation.

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THE KINGDOM OF SHAMBHALA

In SACRED JOURNEYS by Douglas J. Penick0 Comments

The births of all who dwell here are free of pain. Following the ways of their ancestors and the guidance of elders. They are raised according to the inner path of meditation, and cultivate the outer paths of art and warrior discipline. Their manner is dignified, direct and considerate, and their lives are untouched by sickness, hunger, unhappiness or poverty. Both men and women are true warriors, but live the lives of ordinary household.

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RETREAT & KINDNESS

In RETREAT by Kay Weiss4 Comments

Neither wild monkeys, nor snakes or other poisonous animal life could dissuade me from staying in retreat, not even these huge reptiles and the fear they triggered in my mind. But now a larger problem occurred.

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14 ENLIGHTENING REASONS TO VISIT CRESTONE THIS SUMMER

In PILGRIMAGE by Kim Roberts0 Comments

Crestone has received a fair amount of press in the past few years as news of our tiny Colorado community leaks out into the world. With so many spiritual centers in our midst, 23 at last count, this comes as no surprise. Many of us choose to live here because of access to those most precious of commodities: peace and quiet.

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THE FORBIDDEN CITY: EARTHLY PALACE OF A CELESTIAL RULER

In PILGRIMAGE by Lee Weingrad2 Comments

Chogyam Trungpa creates a subtle link to the power of this Shambhala ancestral sovereign and that is why I was interested in exploring, on this latest journey to the Forbidden City. But the best part of the story was in something special the emperor created and also that he gave the 5th Karmapa something that links Chinese history to the Kagyu lineage forever. My journey there is part of that link.