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It Really is all About Me (and My Ego)

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala April-June 2010 Online Exclusives) The more I study Dharma, the more I come to realize “Oh! This stuff really does work,” the better I feel. I am sure we ...

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The Unspeakable – Spiritual Dryness

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala January-March 2010 Online Exclusives) It is important to understand that true practice is something we do from moment to moment, from day to day. We do whatever we can, ...

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Don’t Throw Dharma at Me When I’m in a Bad Mood

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala January-March 2009) I want freedom from suffering on my own terms. I would like the weather to be always temperate, and people likewise. I would like only food that ...

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Winning Gold

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala October-December 2008) As I write, the Beijing Olympic Games are in full swing. On my TV screen are ecstatic gold medallists. The silver or bronze winners may be only ...

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Cleaning the Whole Mirror

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala August-September 2008) “I hope that you understand what the word ’spiritual’ really means. It means to search for – to investigate – the true nature of the mind. There’s ...

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The Perfect Altar

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala June-July 2008) If we are honest we see how often our good intentions in Dharma practice collapse into the lesser intentions of our self-serving egos. Often we think we ...

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Being in Love

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) (First published in Mandala July-September 2009) I am in love. I adore my children and my grandchildren and my dog. What great pleasure there is when a grandchild runs up to me in ...

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Mindfulness and Dharma Practice

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) The winter sun is weak. No wind. The waves roll in parallel lines towards the shore. Myself, the dog, a couple of gulls, the otherwise empty beach are part of this quiet day. ...

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Tulshig Rinpoche and Off to Maratika

Kathmandu, Nepal – May 31, 2010 From Ven. Roger Kunsang: Today the long life puja for Rinpoche started. Khadro-la said this puja was important to do for Rinpoche. It is done over three days. Dagri Rinpoche and Khadro-la are doing ...

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40 Hours to Bouddhanath Stupa

San Francisco, United States; Munich, Germany; and Kathmandu, Nepal – May 19 – 20, 2010 From Ven. Roger Kunsang: Hello! Last month was spent in USA…got lost in the traffic! Now we’re on the road again. (Roadies, too much happened ...

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Hello, San Francisco!

San Francisco, United States – April 6, 2010 From Ven. Roger Kunsang: We left Dharamsala and missed our domestic flight. Then, drove to Delhi. Four hours remained before depature. In the meantime, Rinpoche met with one relative of Lama Yeshe. ...

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Leaving Tushita

Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India – April 4, 2010 From Ven. Roger Kunsang: Two days before we leave: All of the Hayagriva retreatants were able to have an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness talked to the ...

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