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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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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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At his North American seat, HH Karmapa confers blessings and teachings

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His Holiness Karmapa recently gave a series of teachings to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra community in Woodstock, New York. On April 17th, HH Karmapa arrived at KTD Monastery, his North American seat established by the 16th Karmapa over 30 years ago. Upon his arrival HH Karmapa made prayers and gave blessings to the attendees. The […]

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HH Karmapa on joining the heart and mind in Manhattan

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During his recent visit to New York City, His Holiness Karmapa met with the New York Tibetan community, visited the Rubin Museum of Art, viewed a modern Tibetan art exhibit, and attended a poetry reading at the Lhatse library. On his final evening in Manhattan on April 14th, HH Karmapa gave a teaching on “Joining […]

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With love to the Karmapa, offerings in honor of his return to Seattle

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Have you ever wished for the opportunity to offer a gift, to share a meal, or to arrange a bouquet of flowers for His Holiness Karmapa? What if we could offer that opportunity, would you take it? Wherever you are in the world, we ask for your help to let friends and well-wishers know they […]

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Video: The 17th Karmapa’s Talk at Google

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Here’s the entire YouTube video of His Holiness Karmapa’s talk at Google headquarters to employees about mindfulness and meditation, with Mitra Dean Tyler Dewar translating. This was a “fireside chat” with Chade-Meng Tan on March 16, which was live streamed to all of Google’s offices worldwide, but can now be viewed by all online. During […]

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The 17th Karmapa teaches meditation for the West

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On April 4th, His Holiness Karmapa visited Karma Thegsum Chöling-New Jersey (KTC-NJ) in southern New Jersey. HH Karmapa taught meditation methods and practiced shamatha together with a gathering of over 700 attendees, before conferring an empowerment for Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. During this teaching, HH Karmapa emphasized the personal experience of meditation and warned about Buddhist practice being used for commercial or stress-reduction purposes.

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HH Karmapa experiences student life

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His Holiness Karmapa recently visited Princeton, his fourth stop on a tour of major American universities. Immersing himself in university life, HH Karmapa met with students, attended classes, and spoke on contemporary social issues from a Buddhist perspective. HH Karmapa, dubbed as the “Green Buddha,” gave a talk at the university chapel on April 1st titled, “A Buddhist Perspective: The Environment, Gender and Activism.”

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