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Pilgrimage and Retreat in Maratika

Lawudo/Maratika, Nepal — June 5, 2010 From Ven. Roger Kunsang: This morning Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche and Khadro-la did a short pilgrimage to the different caves of Guru Rinpoche in Maratika. After lunch they will start retreat in the ...

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Getting Things on the Road

Kathmandu/Maratika, Nepal – June 3-4 2010 From Ven. Roger Kunsang: This morning, at 7 a.m., Rinpoche went to the Kathmandu airport to fly to Maratika, to the cave where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) achieved enlightenment. Rinpoche was busy most of the ...

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Introducing Dharma Realities!

I wonder what reality looks like with the super clean and clear binocular vision of ultimate truth and relative truth. It may be a while before I know, that is, before I become a Buddha. Meanwhile we look at reality ...

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How Beautiful are the Feet

How Beautiful are the Feet

By Ven. Tenzin Chönyi (Dr. Diana Taylor) You should always check very carefully how you’re expending your energy: will it make you happy or not. That’s a big responsibility, don’t you think? It’s your choice: the path of wisdom or ...

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It Really is all About Me (and My Ego)

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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