Years ago when I was in my mid 20s spending time in the Himalayas, I thought pilgrimage didn’t make any difference. Anyone could do it...
Lama Palden will teach a non-residential retreat on Phowa, the transfer of consciousness at the time of death, from Sept 12-15 at the Sukhasiddhi Center. Here she talks a bit about the practice she will transmit and the benefits of learning it. Phowa is one of the six yogas or six doctrines. There are three systems of the six yogas: Naropa, Niguma and Sukhasiddhi. I received all of them from Kalu Rinpoche, who was a
This is essentially a meditation to help us transform and liberate suffering into love and joy. In addition to experiencing our own suffering, we often unconsciously or consciously, take in others’ suffering. This just sits inside of us unless we process it. This meditation transforms and liberates that as well. Through this meditation we are learn the skills that empower us, empower who we truly are to come forward.
Daily, we hear of the suffering, cruelty, and violence that we as human beings are perpetuating against each other and the planet. How can we meet our human situation and each other with love and cooperation? This is a crucial time when we need to strengthen our inner resources, and an important juncture for us to develop further spiritual tools to sustain ourselves, our loved ones, and our larger community for the coming years ahead.
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.
So much of our experience of life is limited by our own unrecognized habitual and patterns from lifetimes of experiences. This is on top of the fundamental ignorance of the nature of reality. All of this contributes to our attitudes and thoughts about how life is, how people are, and what the truth is. Mahamudra meditation helps us to cut through all of this. As we advance in Mahamudra, we deepen our realization into both
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