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Compassion versus Wisdom

OK, the title is a trick–as we know, compassion and wisdom are complementary, and in the end of course there is no difference between them at all. Buddhahood, enlightenment, full awakening is the ultimate development of both, and they are ultimately undifferentiable, … Continue reading

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Lo Sar Tashi Delek!

“There is no problem other than the thought.” –Lama Norlha Rinpoche  When I was running a household and raising my daughter, I eventually learned to streamline the more mundane aspects of my life, such as housework and meal preparation, with the … Continue reading

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In a Nutshell

December 2008: 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. Lama Norlha Rinpoche often reminds us that the best … Continue reading

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We Are All Superheroes!

July 2008 When I was a child, my hero was the cartoon character Mighty Mouse: “Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way!” Share on Facebook

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You Can Do It!

Enlightenment seems so…unattainable. Why even sit down to meditate, when the goal is so far away? You can watch a whole movie in two hours, bake a cake in one. But wait! The Buddha says it can be done; he … Continue reading

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Efficiency Expert

February 2008 As Buddhists, we are encouraged to spend a lot of time contemplating the impermanence of all phenomena and, in particular, the inevitability of our own death. We realize that if we are going to reach enlightenment, we had … Continue reading

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Why Three Years?

March 2008 Just before retreat started, a friend asked me why I wanted to do a three-year retreat. I didn’t give her a very good answer, because I hadn’t really thought about how to explain it. Most people don’t ask … 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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