Category Archives: Meditation Practice

Are we in touch with our rebel spirit?

Are we in touch with our rebel spirit, always questioning and testing? Can we take our “no fear” approach too far? Or by rigidly holding to the “right” rules and rituals, are we actually losing spiritual ground and just shoring up the ego? Is it possible to cut ourselves off from our own clarity and wisdom, all the while thinking we’re playing it safe? Are we in touch with our rebel spirit, always questioning and testing? Can we take our “no fear” approach too far? Or by rigidly holding to the “right” rules and rituals, are we actually losing spiritual ground and just shoring up the ego? Is it possible to cut ourselves off from our own clarity and wisdom, all the while thinking we’re playing it safe?
The nonconformist, revolutionary spirit is found in many great historical teachers in all the Buddhist traditions.

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Meditation practice free of cultural baggage

Meditation free of cultural baggage

The following post, “Backpacking East to West” by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. How important is it to get free of the Asian baggage we may have picked up along with our meditation practice? How can we tell if we’re clinging to the familiar for its own […]

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How to practice meditation in your busy life: View the world as your cave

Meditation Practice: View the world as your cave

The following post, “Staying in My Cave” by Mitra Lee Worley, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. What does it mean to practice the discipline of meditation, when your kids or your co-workers are driving you nuts? When you keep making mistakes? If you can’t get away to a cave, how […]

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Choosing a spiritual practice: How do we know what works?

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The following post, “How Do We Know What Works?” by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. When we’re choosing a spiritual practice, a path or even a meditation teacher, what guidance can we rely on — how do we know what works? Even though a friend may be […]

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche visits Lion’s Roar on Emotional Rescue Tour

Dzochen Ponlop Rinpoche visits the office of Lion's Roar magazine

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche stopped at the offices of Lion’s Roar in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while on his 2016 North American Emotional Rescue Tour. Rinpoche greeted old friends and met new ones at the headquarters of the magazine and its sister publications, BuddhaDharma and Mindful.

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche teaches at Omega Institute

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche teaches at Omega Institute this October during “Compassion, Forgiveness & Resilience: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Strength Through Right Action,” along with David Kaczynski, brother of the “Unabomber,” and author Michaela Haas.

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How Do the Buddhist Teachings Become a Lifestyle?

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How do we know when the Buddhist teachings become part of our lives? What are the signs? In a candid interview, Mitra Dean Tyler Dewar shares some thoughts about the process.

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at the Rubin Museum, in a Panel Discussion

Recently the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project made available the entire 2-hour recording of a panel discussion with three esteemed Buddhist teachers, one in a series of four events honoring the publication of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. The panel was hosted by The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City in 2014, in which Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, founder and […]

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Compassionate Action and the Power of Emotions

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Last week Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche taught on Compassionate Action in New York. This weekend he teaches on the power of emotions in Washington D.C. This theme follows the recent teachings given by His Holiness Karmapa in Seattle on A Call to Compassionate Action.

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His Holiness Karmapa in Seattle: A Call to Compassionate Action

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Youth leaders from organizations dedicated to social justice and compassionate action joined His Holiness on stage at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. On the unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon of May 9, over 1600 people stood in line at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall in anticipation of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s final public teaching on […]

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