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Practicing Dharma in Daily Life
“Etymologically, the Sanskrit term [for meditation] connotes the notion of ‘cultivation,’ while its Tibetan equivalent gom carries the idea of developing ‘familiarity,’ together implying the idea of some kind of repetitive process of cultivating a familiarity, whether it is with respect to a habit, a way of seeing, or a way of being,” writes Thupten Jinpa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s chief English translator. “In its actual usage, however, the term gom is applied not only to the process of ‘cultivation’ or ‘development of familiarity,’ it is also applied to the resultant states achieved through such processes. So, in this sense, meditation can refer both to the practice of disciplined cultivation as well as the cultivated result of such a discipline…”
From Mandala December 2006 – January 2007
Joe Schoolcraft’s skill and empathy came the hard way: drugs, alcohol, a gun to his own head in despair. Read how Joe’s own history with addiction inform his practice as a therapist.
From Mandala December 2001 – February 2002.
Alan Joyce, founder of the Dharma Foundation in Bogotá, has been working with dying children in Colombia for 12 years. The former mechanical engineer and his Colombian fashion designer wife, Monica, have been married for 30 years. Ten years into his Buddhist life he stopped manipulating the Dharma to suit his own ego – “I can cheat on my wife but I’m going to be honest about it because we Buddhists don’t tell lies.” It was around then that his work with dying children began.
From Mandala December 2001 – February 2002
“Sitting Easy” by Julia Hengst. Uldis Balodis talked to Julia Hengst about how his specially designed meditation chair evolved. From Mandala April-June 2012.
“Retreat in Everyday Life” by Pam Cayton. From Mandala April-June 2012.
“Creating the Work You Love.” By Ernie Spears. From Mandala, March 2003.
“Confidence to Change the World” by Lorne Ladner with Lama Zopa Rinpoche. From Mandala, January-March 2010.
“Let’s look first at romantic love. Romantic love is addictive. The first flush of excitement, the stranger across the crowded room, the hope that at last all our suffering will be gone throws us into an endorphin high. We are in love. We want more. And that is the start of the addiction: the belief that here, at last, is relief to my suffering. Here is the Prince Charming, Princess Beautiful, who will fulfill all my dreams and bring about my happiness. Chemistry is in action.” From “Intimacy, Love, and Attachment” by Ven. Tenzin Chönyi Taylor. From Mandala, April 2006.
“Longing for Change” an interview with Ven. René Feusi. Ven. René talked to Ven. Robina Courtin at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in 1996 about his two-and-a half year retreat at Osel Ling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain.
Statements of Appreciation
No words can really completely capture the joyous feelings in my heart when I think of how Rinpoche and FPMT has benefited so many thousands of people these past twenty, thirty years. …Thank you everyone and most of all thank you to Rinpoche for opening my eyes and my mind to the true meaning and purpose of my life.
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