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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche gives talk at BuddhaFest LA

BuddhaFest debuts in LA

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will be one of six well-known Buddhist teachers giving a talk at BuddhaFest LA, held on June 2-4. After seven years in Washington, DC, BuddhaFest will debut in Los Angeles at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. As one of the leading festivals in the country to focus on mindfulness and […]

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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 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 Mindfulness in Woodstock, NY

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Attendees at this weekend’s teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Karma Triyana Dharmacakra in Woodstock, New York (“Exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness”) may have heard a different approach to the dharma than they had expected.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness is one of Buddhism’s most famed frameworks for working with the mind and awareness, both on and off the meditation cushion. . . .

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