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Please, Sir, Could I Have … Less?

October 2009 Dear friends, We passed the halfway mark of the three-year, three-month, three-day retreat during the summer, and are now speeding down the hill toward our re-entry into the world we left behind in January 2008. It is hard … Continue reading

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In a Nutshell

Three-year retreat, year one. “The three realms of existence are as fleeting as autumn clouds.” ~From The Extensive Sport Sutra, quoted in The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa. A few years ago, when I lived in rural New Hampshire, … Continue reading

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Happiness 102

November 2008 A previous post focused on Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s advice that the secret to happiness in this lifetime is, in all our relationships, to focus on people’s good qualities and kindness rather than on their faults and negative behavior. … Continue reading

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September 2008, 4:00 a.m.

Ha, ha, it’s not really 4:00 a.m. as I write this. I just wanted to echo the title of the first post I wrote, a year ago this month. Normally at 4:00 a.m., we are starting our first meditation session … Continue reading

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Any Time, Anywhere!

September 2008 One of the great things about being a Buddhist is that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, and no matter how bleak—or how perfect— things may look at any given moment, there’s always something you … Continue reading

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Same Old Raccoon

August 2008 Lama Norlha Rinpoche, when he teaches meditation, sometimes illustrates his instructions with a classic example: If we become accustomed to sitting in meditation with a spaced-out, blank mind, it is said that we are sowing seeds for rebirth … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Not Meditate

It’s a bit chilly, I’d better close the window / put on a sweater. Darn, I forgot to turn off my cell phone. Better get a glass of water in case I get thirsty. That other hand position might be … Continue reading

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Meditation 101

A number of good books exist that can help you get started meditating. We have studied several of them at Kagyu Samten Chöling in New Hampshire. Bokar Rinpoche’s Meditation: Advice for Beginners is our standard handbook. I recently read Mingyur … Continue reading

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(Indiana Jones and) The Quest for the Wish-Fulfilling Gem!

Suppose someone gave you a treasure map, with a guarantee that if you followed it, you would find a million dollars at the end, and it would be ALL YOURS—no taxes, no fine print, no legal hassles. What would you … Continue reading

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September 2007, 4:00 a.m.

At the end of this month, I will move to Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery in New York to enter the traditional Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist three-year, three-month seminary retreat, which will begin around the end of the year. I’ve been planning … Continue reading

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