Happy Year of the Earth Pig

On this day of celebration of the lunar new year, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi International, shares good wishes for all. Rinpoche encourages making practical aspirations based on kindness and gentleness towards ourselves and others during this Year of the Earth Pig. What a wonderful way to begin!

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Mitra Tyler Dewar on Generosity

Thank you, Nalandabodhi Canada, for permission to repost the first selection from their new Paramita of the Month series of email posts, featuring our beloved Mitras. What’s a “paramita”?

Why is generosity the first paramita?
Our habitual minds are very much oriented to focusing outwardly, and particularly on our possessions, whereas the path to awakening has a lot to do with relaxing our tight minds and opening up our awareness. That’s one way we could look at the Mahayana’s approach to the “accumulation of merit”: we want to open our minds up by getting its tendrils connected to the experience of other beings.

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DPR Teaches in NYC: Dependence and Interdependence

On May 11 and 12, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche gave three talks at Tibet House in New York City.

During the morning session on Saturday, DPR pointed out that the main message of the Buddha is to work with our mind in order to gain a deeper realization:

“Our minds are like wild horses, running this way and that. They’re very beautiful, but untamed. We must first tame them with the lasso of mindfulness, or recollection.

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