Bhutan is the last of the Vajrayana Buddhist countries preserving its rare and unique history and culture. We get to feel for how Buddhism, and in particular Vajrayana, permeates and is practiced in one of its native cultures.
from Lama Palden In America and in the west in general, we are exposed to many different spiritual traditions, not only our own Judea-Christian traditions, but also the traditions of Islam, all of the different traditions of Buddhism plus an immense variety of other eastern and indigenous spiritual traditions and disciplines. This is an incredible opportunity and time that we are living in right now, an opportunity to touch into so many traditions, to read
We get so caught up in our suffering and neurotic stuff, but there’s so much joy in the path of liberation and transformation when we unwind these patterns and feel the core of who we truly are. I feel more and more that what they say is true— Buddhism is like finding a jewel in a pile of trash on the road. This is how it really is.
In today’s world, when we are faced with the suffering of so many around the globe, our own communities, and our own families, we can often be left with the question “How best can I help?” “ How can I keep my heart open?” And with the enormity of some of the challenges that arise, we wonder how we can possibly make a difference. We forget that love and compassion, which is awakened presence, is
Happy Losar to All! As they say in Tibetan, Lha Gyal Lo! This means Victory to the Awakened Beings in their activity to benefit beings. This is Earth Dog year and is known for the qualities of fairness, equality, integrity and honesty. May these qualities bloom in all of us, and all of humanity. May we come into great cooperation and peace with each other. May we all thrive! Love to you all, Lama Palden
A new initiative is being introduced at Sukhasiddhi. It's called Wisdom River, and features a stream of teaching that will be especially welcoming to those new to dharma and to the center, but also practical and integrative for those who are engaged in the deep practice programs.
As people on the spiritual path it is imperative that we not only hold the awakened ones and our teachers with honor and appreciation, but we need to relate to ourselves, each other, animals, our earth mother and all that is with reverence, kindness and love. This can start from the inside out with they way we treat ourselves and those close to us. We can bring a sense of openness, kindness and patience to
An Interview with Lama Palden Editor's Note: Lama Palden will be teaching a four-day non-residential retreat from February 1-4 on Mahamudra meditation and liberating emotions. I spoke with her by phone about the special usefulness for Westerners of this profound meditation practice. - Jane Brunette Q: What is the benefit to a modern person of focusing on Mahamudra meditation? Lama Palden: The 16th Karmapa said that Mahamudra is a good practice for the West
from left: Lama Annik, Lama Pat and Lama Stephen In a moving investiture and authorization ceremony on November 4, 2017, Lama Palden, Lama Drupgyu Tenzin and Lama Döndrup, under the authority of Kalu Rinpoche, welcomed Annik Brunet, Pat Berube, and Stephen Gross as lamas of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage. Over the last 20 years, the three lamas have, through retreats, classes, pilgrimages and an extraordinary amount of individual practice within their everyday lives, accomplished the
Alexandra and John Dickerman of Three Bridges West have finished their 12-part documentary: What is Mysticism?