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LONELY CABIN IN THE PINES

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-Herbert2 Comments

A poem about experiences from a three year retreat: Lonely cabin in the pines in front, the boundless sky empty-clarity vast as mind behind, the rising ridge a fortress of fearless confidence vast and held, here I dwell.

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WHITE SKULL MOUNTAIN – GANGRI TOKAR

In PILGRIMAGE by Michael Ash6 Comments

Michael Ash, artist and visionary, presenting a photo exhibition and poetry from his journey to White Skull Mountain Hermitage, Gangri Tokar, the spectacular retreat where Tibet’s greatest mystic-philosopher Longchenpa, wrote the wonderful Seven Treasuries about the deepest topics in human civilization.

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THE CITY OF MAHASIDDHAS

In PILGRIMAGE by Tara Trinley Wangmo5 Comments

The 84 mahasiddhas are connected to a extremely broadminded world view that every situation in life is workable and can be utilized and transformed into total freedom. Looking through their biographies and life examples, they came from various background, from beggars to kings.

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THE SPRING OF AWAKENING

In PILGRIMAGE by Tara Trinley Wangmo1 Comment

The supreme place of blessing, the spring of Awakening, Chumig Changchub, is located half way between Kathmandu and Pokhara in the Mahabharata range, overlooking Daman in the Noble Land of Nepal. The importance of the site to Vajrayana Buddhists cannot be overstated. Padmasambhava, the second Buddha meditated there on the way to Tibet.

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THE MAGNIFICENCE OF AKSHARDHAM

In PILGRIMAGE by Tara Trinley Wangmo1 Comment

It took 300 million man-hours to carve 300.000 stones to create the entire 100 acre complex in only five years. Millions of hours of dedication and hard work by 11.000 sadhus, volunteers and artisans have gone into the work. What a an incredible feat of management!

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KAILASH

In PILGRIMAGE by Michael Ash1 Comment

Introducing Michael Ash, artist and visionary, with a photo exhibition and poetry from his journey to Mount Kailash, the most important pilgrimage site on Earth.

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MOUNTAIN LION RETREAT

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-HerbertLeave a Comment

The night was pitch-black, the empty sky littered with countless stars. I lay silently in bed, my mind churning with thoughts. I was at the end of three-year retreat in solitude, meditating alone in a cabin in the woods.

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WALKING MEDITATION

In MINDFULNESS by Rikke Braren Lauritzen

Walking on the soil of Mother Earth is a way for me to feel a deep connection to myself. Taking this precious moment to really connect to the earth step by step, moment by moment, breath by breath immediately transforms my inner and outer landscape.

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MINDFULNESS MATTERS

In MINDFULNESS by Therese George

Take the breath as an example of daily awareness. We breathe all day long without hardly ever noticing. Unless we are being physically active or if our body is under stress we rarely recognize the breath. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing our awareness to the present moment intentionally and without judgment.

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BOUDHANATH THE HERMITAGE OF AWAKENING

In PILGRIMAGE by Erik Pema Kunsang

It is from here as well that the Buddha’s teachings flow to the rest of the planet, the wonderful teachings on respecting all living beings, on uncovering our humanity and finding the deepest insight possible, the awakened state that is the nature of our minds.

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PILGRIMAGE, A JOURNEY ON FOOT

In PILGRIMAGE by Tara Trinley Wangmo

Each step can turn into an act of giving, making room for compassionate awareness. This is how to make trekking into a sacred journey, this is a walking meditation. A sense of humor should be brought along as well.

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RETREAT IN DARKNESS

In RETREAT by Erik Pema Kunsang

Darkness retreat is for the yogi who come to a point in life of readiness to go beyond the normal pattern of experience that is shaped by habitual concepts of the known. The darkness is merciless, the open sphere of experience is the playground for confusion or liberation.