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.

What is Enough?

Sunday, 31 May 2015
There is a saying of Lama Yeshe’s that you may find on some of the T-shirts in our bookstore: “Good enough, dear.”  I never had the experience of hearing Lama Yeshe say this to me in person; nevertheless, sometimes his words come to mind when I am cooking.

A Call to Sacred Action

Sunday, 31 May 2015
This seven week Jewish time period between Passover (the Festival of Freedom) and Shavuot (the Celebration of Revelation) is about building frameworks of sacred action that are informed by values of wisdom, compassion, connectivity, and groundedness.

The Key to Forgiveness

Sunday, 31 May 2015
Forgiveness is an ideal found in all spiritual traditions. People with an ability to forgive those who have harmed them are seen as exemplary, in part because forgiveness is so challenging! How do we truly forgive those that have harmed ourselves, others we love, or have caused great harm to a community, a country, or the environment?

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