Freedom from Separateness

The lojong teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are slogans to guide us on our path to freedom from separateness. Pema Chodron is quite well known for her exposition of the lojong teachings. This particular one states, “All dharmas agree at one point.” Dharmas here refer to the happenings in everyday life and living. By practicing this slogan, […]

Compassion Helps Resolve Conflicts – Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama spoke to a large crowd at Staford University on October 14, 2010. He said that compassion helps resolve conflicts. He spoke about the necessity of mutual respect when resolving difficulties. Compassion is one of the cornerstones of Tibetan Buddhism, the other being wisdom. Both of these arise of the understanding that everyone […]

Joanna Macy Talks about The Kingdom of Shambhala

In this lovely video, Joanna Macy talks about The Kingdom of Shambhala as related to her by Choegyal Rinpoche from the Kalachakra Tantra. This talk was recorded at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on January 28, 2014. The teaching she is talking about is the emergence of the Kingdom of Shambhala. She talks about the Shambhala […]

Pema Chodron’s Story

Pema Chodron is one of the most beloved teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. She runs the Gampo Abby in Nova Scotia. Her many books have been treasured by thousands if not millions of people. She became a nun in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. I believe that this story come from her […]

Stop Complaining – Start Sitting!

Pema Chodron is a beloved teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the abbess of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. Her many trips to the United States and her many published books are a gift to all of us complainers! In this video, she tells a famous story about George Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff was a well-know teacher […]

The Fuel For Enlightened Awareness

These words of wisdom chosen by Lama Surya Das tells us that our meditative awareness starts as a small flame and then becomes the fuel for enlightened awareness. Jigme Lingpa was a Tibetan master who lived in the 18th century. He is known as a discoverer of ancient text and passing on the tradition of […]

Catching Ourselves

These words of wisdom from Pema Chodron appeared in the Tricycle Daily Dharma two days ago and I want to share them with you. Pema is one of the best known and respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche. She is the abbess and beloved teacher of Gampo Abbey, […]

Scientific Buddhism

Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar, author, and meditation master from the UK. He is trained in both the Karma Kagyu and Sakya traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. In this article from the Tricycle blog, he emphatically speaks out against scientific Buddhism. What is scientific Buddhism? It is the effort to radically alter Buddhist ideas to correspond to […]

A Lovely Poem By Merrit Malloy

During an elaborate discussion online with fellow OI1 members, one member offered a lovely poem by Merrit Malloy. The poem was offered in response to a thread of emails prompted by an article that appeared in the Guardian on April 7, 2013 in which Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is consulting with high officials in the British government […]

The Milkweed Cure For My Skin Cancer

Since I had cancer in 1997, I’ve learned that healthy cells grow all by themselves if we let them. We can help them by being mindful of our breathing and being mindful of our body. Mindfulness in healing, along with exercise, proper nutrition, and sound sleep are splendid ways to keep your body in top […]