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.
This month I am exploring the idea that “Food is not the only thing that feeds us.” Each of us have our own pocketful of simple truths, and this is one of mine. I remember a specific instance when I experientially felt this to be true; a moment when I understood that there are many other things in life besides food which support and sustain our natural flow of…

100 Days of Giving

Wednesday, 06 May 2015
I started my 100 Days of Giving project because I was struggling with feelings of loneliness and depression. In the book I Like Giving by Brad Formsma, a particular quote really struck me: "You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving."

What is Merit?

Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Western students of Buddhism are often confused about the idea of "merit" or "virtue." In the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings, the accumulation of merit is something that is strongly emphasized.

Gettin' Our Merit On

Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Some time ago, over 2550 years in the past, Buddha Shakyamuni took birth as a prince of the Shakya clan in India. He achieved enlightenment at the age of thirty-six and entered Mahaparinirvana (that is, showed the aspect of dying) at the age of eighty-one. These three great events took place on the same day of the year, which we celebrate as the season of Vesak.

The Path Isn't Always Smooth

Friday, 03 April 2015
Happiness is a state of mind. Enlightenment is also a state of mind. An enlightened mind never strays from a state of peace, a state of perpetual happiness. By definition, enlightenment in Tibetan, jangchub, means purified and perfected – purified of all the causes of suffering and perfection of all the causes of happiness.
You may be familiar with the saying, "variety is the spice of life," connoting that our life would become stale and bland without new and exciting things or events taking place. From a Buddhist perspective, we can say that the "variety" of life is actually necessitated by the principle of impermanence – aren't things always changing? Isn't variety already taken care of for us? Nothing is ever staying the…

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