The Peaceful and Joyful Mind

Sunday, 07 September 2014
Venerable Thubten Chodron will lead a weekend retreat at Vajrapani October 17-20, 2014 on the perfection of Joyful Effort, called Awakening Joy.  Here is an abridged excerpt from her book “Taming the Mind” (Snow Lion).

Pass It On

Sunday, 07 September 2014
In November 2013, I attended the Kopan West Lam Rim retreat for ten days. I initially intended to find a retreat center to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in a peaceful location with opportunity to meditate, write and reconnect with my spiritual practice. I learned about this program from the Vajrapani website and saw that it would offer me structure and allow me to better understand the basic tenets of…

In Gratitude

Sunday, 07 September 2014
I discovered the FPMT by googling Kathleen McDonald (Ven. Sangye Khadro), the author of “Awakening the Kind Heart: How to Meditate on Compassion”, a book which introduced the Dharma into my life. I desperately wanted to learn more, to immerse myself in discovering Buddhism and my true self.

The Path of the Perfections

Sunday, 07 September 2014
The Buddhist path is divided into two: The Sutrayana and the Mahayana. The Mahayana is also divided into two: The Paramitayana and the Tantrayana. Yana means vehicle. It is the means by which we travel that path. Paramita means perfection. One who travels the path of the perfections is known as a Bodhisattva, or one aspiring to the full enlightenment of a Buddha.

Cook's Corner

Sunday, 07 September 2014
Has anyone ever noticed that projects always take longer than expected to come to fruition?  That instant gratification truly is a myth? In the beginning of a project, you have the inspiration, spark, and a zeal which provide the energetic motivation to take that initial “first step” (admittedly this step is usually one of the most challenging to take) – but once that first step happens, you find yourself…
“In this world fit many worlds,” say the Zapatistas, the Mayan revolutionaries in Mexico.
The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is a Dharma organization dedicated to benefiting others. Spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche leads FPMT with incredible bodhichitta, the brave attitude of fearless compassion and the uncompromised wish to only bring benefit, and never harm.

Engaged Buddhism

Friday, 08 August 2014
There have been a wide variety of approaches to both defining engaged Buddhism and being engaged Buddhists over the past sixty years.  The term was coined by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh during the Vietnam War to describe the activities of sangha members in Vietnam who were actively working to establish peace in their war-torn country.  Probably the most straight-forward way to think of engaged Buddhism is to describe it…

"Lightly, Lightly."

Sunday, 27 July 2014
This story of Lama Yeshe comes from Wendy King: "I came to Kopan from two years in a Zen training monastery in Japan. The first woman, the only woman for most of my time there, and very, very serious. I totally lost most of my sense of humor trying to keep up with the big boys, working to uphold the side of women, and Western women. So, when we…


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