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)
One of my closest friends from Buddhist seminary school was telling me about being on retreat recently. In the group discussion that followed the end of the retreat she mentioned that she had been depressed. But she almost didn’t mention it because as a long-term meditator she was so embarrassed to admit to being susceptible … Continue reading Depression, meditation, friendship
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?
Dharma evenings with Derek in Toronto: Dec. 14 and 15, 7:30 pm. How do we bring Dharma into our activism? How do we bring activism into our Dharma? How do we look after one another? Let's get together for a couple of nights and explore these questions. The evenings are free - all are welcome. … Continue reading How Do We Look After One Another?
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=em … Continue reading “Calm and pacify your own mindstream…” (advice from Mingyur Rinpoche’s Goodbye letter)
The Teacher of my Teachers passed away on Thursday March 17, 2011; he was 99 yrs old. He ordained my principal Teacher (Namgyal Rinpoche/Anandabodhi) in the late 1950s, and my senior Teacher (Sonam Senge/Bodhinanda) in the early 1980s. I took students to his monastery in Burma to study with him in 2003, 2005+06. He was … Continue reading The Passing of Sayadaw U Thila Wunta
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
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