In Sanskrit: Arya Tara sarwa pati gyana ma tara ni In the Tibetan language: In English: The Mantra Promised by the Arya Mother Liberator Herself I prostrate to the Arya Mother. Then recite the mantra, Tayathaa, om tarae tarayae, hung hung hung, samaya ti dai, bara bara, sarva bara na*, bibu kitai, pema ni pema, mahaa pema, aasana ti dai, hasa hasa, telokya barathe, sarva deva thaana pha, puzite…

How to Create Positive Habits

Monday, 06 October 2014
So much of what we do is habit, so the notion of conscious consumption is truly a recognition of current habits.  But you really can’t stop there, because you could be really mindful of your heroin habit, and you’d be doing no-one any good with a high level of conscious consumption of heroin. 
What's Project Bodhi? You may remember an online month-long meditation pilot program we held in March 2012. The experience was highly successful yet we soon realized that in order to further pursue such programs, we'd have to develop our own mobile/web platform. This led to Project Bodhi which aims to set up a business to develop such a platform and make it available to other organizations such as Vajrapani…

Cook's Corner

Monday, 06 October 2014
If you’ve ever been through the lunch line at Vajrapani, you know that we make a salad dressing called “Hollyhock,” and that this salad dressing is savory, delicious, and addicting. It has become a staple at Vajrapani, residing in a permanent spot in the refrigerator, never absent from any meal. I think it may even be what gets people to return to Vajrapani again and again – there have…

10 Tips for Mindful Eating

Sunday, 05 October 2014
Mindful Eating enables us to enjoy our food more, and experience greater pleasure and nourishment from the food we eat. Through mindful awareness we become more attuned to our body’s signals of pleasure, hunger and fullness. We can make choices that are most attuned to supporting our health and well-being. Learning and practicing mindfulness meditation regularly helps support the successful practice of mindful eating.
In 2010, I moved to Vajrapani to live and work. At that time, Apple's first generation iPad was released. Two and a half years prior, the iPhone had been released. It seemed like everyone was “getting connected.” People found each other and found information quickly, immediately and in large doses.

Retreat and an Ethical Life

Sunday, 05 October 2014
A few days ago, I returned from a three-week journey that took me to Phoenix, Reno and Sacramento. I met with family and friends and also engaged in some teaching activities. The question of completing a three-year retreat came up many times. Most folks could not imagine what it would be like or why one would contemplate such an activity. Being silent and being alone for an extended period…

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…

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