In Defense of Altruism

Saturday, 05 September 2015
None of us need feel power-less or hope-less. There is a power in the world that can save the planet. And that is, argues Matthieu Ricard in his latest book, altruism. Translated from French, the original title is ‘Plaidoyer Pour l’Altruisme’ or, literally translated, ‘In Defense of Altruism’. I mention this because its English title, Altruism, somehow misses the passionate verve of its French equivalent.

Reaching Out to Benefit Others

Monday, 31 August 2015
The homeless situation, and, more importantly, the way the homeless are treated today, often blamed for their circumstances, jailed and fined for doing what human beings must do, sleep and relieve themselves is a crisis for our communities. Often people are forced onto the streets by circumstances out of their control but we as Buddhists can have a positive effect on their lives.
We all know what it is like to feel overwhelmed by the news. Global warming, overpopulation, pollution, war, crime, poverty, homelessness, and natural disasters all touch our hearts and cry out for attention. So often it feels like the only solution is to send some money and hope for the best. We have our own lives to care for and can't give the time it would really require to…
This is an excerpt from a teaching given by Ven. Rene Feusi during a recent retreat here at Vajrapani Institute. Nowadays calm abiding is taught in a secular context. Also, love and compassion are taught in a secular context. It is very good. It is very nice for people whose mind is not bent on accepting a spiritual tradition. It benefits them greatly to be taught these things.

Creating Space for Dharma

Friday, 07 August 2015
An excerpt from teachings given by Lama Yeshe at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi, India, October, 1979. Dharma practice does not depend on cultural conditions. Whether we travel by train, plane or automobile we can still practice Dharma. However, in order to completely destroy the root of the dualistic mind, a partial understanding of the reality of our own mind is not sufficient. Dharma practice requires continual, sustained…

Learning to Be with Feelings

Thursday, 06 August 2015
When I was younger, as someone with painful and often strong feelings and emotions, my tendency to be caught in my head would not shift my emotional state. I would think about my feelings and become caught up in a great amount of angst about them, but not often resolve them. When I had strong feelings or emotions I would often find myself overwhelmed by them and no amount…

Teen Leadership Program

Saturday, 06 June 2015
Family Camp is getting more and more popular!  For the past two years it has filled to capacity and is already fully booked this year.  It provides not only a place for families to come together to play and share with one another in the Dharma, but also provides a venue for teens and young adults to cultivate leadership and mentorship skills as camp counselors.
We interviewed Wise Heart’s director Alaya Vautier and retreat helper Gabe Brewdant to see their inspiration behind the retreat.

Growing Resilience

Saturday, 06 June 2015
When I was a young child, I was captivated by the experience of meditation. To me, the Buddha statues on the altar were otherworldly and truly had the power to help me, even though they looked like nothing more than small Tibetan leprechauns.

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