"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…
Nearly every student of Lama Yeshe has a story. One that will make you smile or laugh and see Lama as the unique and lighthearted being his students so fondly remember him as. Here are a few of those stories.
In my bathroom there’s a small stone next to my sink. On the stone, in my own handwriting, reads the one word that describes what I believe is my greatest purpose in life. I look at this word every day to remind me that at the end of the day, end of the year, end of my career, this is the most important thing to me during my time…

Happiness and Enlightenment

Monday, 07 July 2014
If we have a daily Mahayana meditation practice, every day we say something like, “May I attain a state of perfect enlightenment in order to liberate every living being from suffering and place them in the bliss of perfect enlightenment.”
In this touching video from Seeds of Compassion in Seattle you see why His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is such an inspiration to us. 

The Kindness of Others

Saturday, 07 June 2014
In study group this week, we were discussing the Mahayana school.  One of the most striking points we noticed was the word “responsibility.”  We felt this took compassion to a whole other level.  When developing Bodhicitta, we expand our view of community to the infinite level.  In this month’s article, community, from the aspect of interconnectedness, encourages that expansive view.

27 Years of Service

Saturday, 07 June 2014
I came to live at Vajrapani Institute 27 years ago, in the summer of 1987.   In the words of George Galt’s Dedication song, Vajrapani then was not as you see it now.  However, that refers to physical structure – before the retreat cabins on the ridge, the current dormitory, the stupa deck and stairs, the improved road and solar infrastructure. 

Nourished by Buddha Nature

Saturday, 07 June 2014
I grew up at Vajrapani Institute (VPI).  My parents were perhaps a little unique in that my father came from Switzerland and so on top of being raised a Buddhist we also ate muesli!  My parents became Buddhists because of the impact Lama Yeshe had on them.  I experienced him as a deep golden presence, very expansive, wise, warm, calm and loving.  As a child growing up with this…
An excerpt from a transcript collected by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive on “Making your Children’s Lives Meaningful”, Lama Zopa Rinpoche details how to bring pure motivations and positive results to your relationship with your children.

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