Meditation & Yoga Retreat (Labour Day Weekend 2017)

Try a Little Tenderness: a Meditation Toolkit for Troubling Times Friday, Sept 1 - Wednesday, Sept 6 Dharma Centre of Canada 1886 Galway Rd., Kinmount, ON, Canada Often we get very critical with ourselves and others.  When someone like Trump comes to power we might find we become even more critical and angry.  This course will … Continue reading Meditation & Yoga Retreat (Labour Day Weekend 2017)

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Q to HH the Dalai Lama: What was the happiest moment of your life?

From the Dec. 22, 2011 posting by the Ven. Matthieu Ricard at his blog: http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/index.php/blog/ et en francais: http://www.matthieuricard.org/index.php/blog/ Japanese researcher, specialist of laughter, took part in a meeting between the Dalai Lama and a group of scientists and philosophers, organized by the Mind and Life Institute to which I belong. This distinguished researcher was scheduled … Continue reading Q to HH the Dalai Lama: What was the happiest moment of your life?

“Calm and pacify your own mindstream…” (advice from Mingyur Rinpoche’s Goodbye letter)

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, teacher and author of  The Joy of Living, and  Joyful Wisdom, departed retreat in Bodhgaya (India) this past June (2011). In a 6 minute youtube video (link below), recorded at Garrison Institute NY in July, his brother Tsoknyi Rinpoche describes the circumstances, and the effect on their family. It is inspiring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIxOS0CafQw&sns=emContinue reading “Calm and pacify your own mindstream…” (advice from Mingyur Rinpoche’s Goodbye letter)

Dana

Often at the entrance to a meditation center there will be a donation bowl, sometimes with the Pali word “Dana” over it, and maybe it’ll also have a sign saying that the center or the teacher rely on donations so please donate to support the teaching. This is fine, and perhaps it is a necessary … Continue reading Dana

Dharma Teaching: the Highest Form of Dana

In the Buddhist tradition, Dharma teaching used to be offered completely free, as Dana.  Teaching traditionally was freely given by a Dharma teacher, completely outside of the dynamics of exchange.  Again, please let me be clear, I’m talking about tradition. Traditionally, Dharma teaching was not considered a service.  It was (it is) a gift.  In … Continue reading Dharma Teaching: the Highest Form of Dana