View Post

HOW TO GROW A BIGGER HEART

In INSIGHTS by Erik Pema Kunsang7 Comments

There is such a need for bigger hearts, vast minds, for more tolerance, kindness and attitudes that includes everyone. We have enough racism and so many other way to exclude each other. We all know how painful it is to be the left out, to be the excluded or even the suppressed minority. Sometimes for absolutely no reason.

View Post

A LIFE WELL LIVED

In WISDOM TEACHERS by Lyse Lauren2 Comments

Chadral Rinpoche encouraged us to recognize our ‘true nature,’ because absolutely nothing else will be of any use to us in the long run. This and this alone is the chief and crucial point. In recognizing and practicing, one brings into balance all other factors in one’s life.

View Post

AYURVEDA’S WISDOM FOR WINTER

In NATURAL MEDICINE by Cary Twomey4 Comments

The rise in a multitude of ways to have a quick fix, a good body, and perfect health is another manifestation of our cultural sickness. Simple direct ways to live, eat and follow the flow of nature have become totally uninteresting to our hyped-up western culture. If it’s not sexy, trendy or going to make you famous, then it’s not of value to us at all. This is the danger of our current way of being in relationship to our lives and a direct affront to the sacredness and true purpose of life itself.

View Post

A THREE-MINUTE MARY’S HEART MEDITATION

In TRAINING by Niels Viggo HansenLeave a Comment

Sit, lie or stand just like that, for a moment. Two or three breaths. Now imagine, and it doesn’t matter if this is a clear image or just a thought, that Mary is present right here, with a big heart that just loves you unconditionally and deeply wants all the best for you.

View Post

THE HEART OF LO GEKAR

In SACRED JOURNEYS by Clemma Dawsen1 Comment

In The Heart of Lo Gekar, the ancient story is re-imagined from a woman’s point of view. In the hours after the battle ends, our heroine senses something more than conquest. She senses that the battle is not yet over. We follow her up the mountain trail where we see her find the demon’s heart, cast aside yet still beating, on the mountainside where the gompa will eventually rise.

View Post

HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In ABOUT by Tara Trinley Wangmo1 Comment

Today marks two years since the first article appeared in LEVEKUNST art of life. Since then the circle of artists and writers has grown to 158 authors. Within a flower mandala of creativity together we have shared and inspired true values of kindness and insights. With 553 articles of essays, poetry and art read in 218 countries, Levekunst is a success that we can be proud of. Skimming through the articles and subjects gives a feeling that we all have created something intriguing and worthwhile.

View Post

THE FRUIT OF PRACTICE

In SPIRITUAL ARTISANS by William JohnsonLeave a Comment

Some of the visual elements in my work: The plumb bob is used in construction to ensure that structures are vertical. I use it more as a symbol for finding the right balance in one’s meditation and life. Are we aligned, for example, with what is true? Are we in line with how phenomena and the mind actually exist, and not how we think they exist? The archeological marker is often a standing for mindfulness.

View Post

INTRODUCTION TO GROUP STUDY OF SACRED BOOKS

In TRUE BOOKS by Bruce Newman2 Comments

Reading sections out loud invites us to delve deeper into the material. It is too easy to just skim over difficult material while reading by yourself but what you found difficult someone else probably did too. I’m always amazed in a class to learn what I read but didn’t really understand when someone inquires about it!

View Post

MEMORY AND IMPERMANENCE

In INSIGHTS by James Corrigan6 Comments

Scientists studying memories have found that memories are a most creative affair, morphing over time and with each recalling, until they bear little resemblance to an actual event. Like everything else, memories are impermanent, making the very idea of them a bit self-oxymoronic.

View Post

CHANTING THE HEART SUTRA IN ENGLISH

In MUSIC by Rodrigo Reijers27 Comments

Chanting creates a bridge between the understanding of the head and the understanding of the heart. It brings body, speech and mind together in one flowing gesture. It is a joyful thing to do, which naturally brings forth your dignity; effortlessly you sit straight up, you concentrate, you relax and go through the words without any hesitation.

View Post

FOR MY MOM

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder3 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.

View Post

ANCIENT MEDITATIONS FOR MODERN TIMES

In MINDFULNESS by Frans Stiene1 Comment

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.

View Post

WHEN IT’S HARD TO BE COMPASSIONATE

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder2 Comments

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.

View Post

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.

View Post

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

In INSIGHTS by Sonia Gomes8 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?

View Post

WHEN THE LONE OWL CALLS

In LIFE by Lyse Lauren5 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.

View Post

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.

View Post

AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica ThunderLeave a Comment

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.