“Our practice is not to be perfect, it is to be present –
present with the whole situation of what we are.”
~ Pema Khandro
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After the horrifying and sad news of the shooting in Las Vegas,
we received many inquiries about what Buddhists would do in the wake
of such a tragedy. First let me say, I feel that any response I could offer will be inadequate.
But I will still make my best effort to represent the Buddhist resources for such times.
There are so many people who will be in suffering and sorrow.
There are those who passed under horrible circumstances.
There are the family members of those who lost their lives.
There are those for whom these events provoke fear and even trigger
post-traumatic stress. There is the sense of powerlessness of living in
an ambiance of violence. Our prayers are with everyone affected.
“When you feel pain – breathe.”
– Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
As for what practices to do – the White Tara practice or the White Tara mantra could be
useful ways to channel the emotion we feel into compassionate, benevolent and helpful energy.
White Tara prayers are used for disasters, to avert further violence, to promote peace and
compassion. The following video is the White Tara Mantra being chanted slowly by myself and
some sangha from our August meditation retreat.
Expressing loving prayers and comforting those around you are worthwhile practices.
With a culture of aggression and conflict all around us, mantras are not enough, they are
only a beginning. Yet having a clear, compassionate mindset is the crucial beginning. From compassion comes the possibility of genuine change. From the sense of possible change
comes greater endurance.
May the suffering of every being be completely cleared away.
With sadness and love,
And who wish to put an end to others’ sorrows
Those who seek to experience abundant joys –
Let them never turn their backs on enlightened intent.”
Pema Khandro offers these ground-breaking Bodhisattva Training
classes that focus on cultivating awakened leadership for teachers,
leaders, practitioners, business people, artists, and health educators
who want to bring the potent ingredient of Buddhist wisdom to the
work that they do.
It is as practical as it is inspirational, consisting of short lectures,
question and answer sessions, and heartfelt advice from one of the
few female Buddhist leaders and teachers in Tibetan Buddhist history.
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What is Dzogchen Meditation?
“Dzogchen is one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured practices for awakening to intrinsic wisdom. Dzogchen means ‘Great Perfection,’ which refers to the natural goodness at the heart of every person. Its goal is to cultivate wakeful, authentic presence.
One of the greatest challenges to well-being is the untrained mind. It is full of conditioned scripts and distracted. It may be so deeply habituated, that the experience of freshness and clarity are difficult to access. Buddhism points out that an untrained mind is plagued by mental afflictions such as anger, grasping, insecurity, depression, and jealousy. Even though most people spend their lives in such states, this is not mind’s ultimate potential. Mind also has a deeper aspect, known as ‘the nature of mind.’
The ‘nature of mind’ is an innermost quality of wakefulness, loving-kindness, and openness. According to Dzogchen teachings, these qualities are the enduring, ever-present, most authentic expression of being. Even though this nature of mind may be temporarily eclipsed by mental afflictions, those afflictions cannot dilute mind’s intrinsic quality. That quality, a natural goodness, is always there, waiting to be harvested. This is why Dzogchen meditation is practiced.
Meditation is a life-long practice. So, having a sustainable practice is crucial. This is why the quality of meditation over the quantity of meditation is valued in Dzogchen. For example, one can begin with shorter sessions and gradually extend them. Also, the practice of silent sitting meditation can be interspersed with breathing techniques. Silent meditations can be alternated with chanting meditation or physical meditation techniques.
Dzogchen meditations incorporate practices for body, speech and mind. Therefore the notion of ‘mind’ is a holistic one. Body, speech and mind are known as the three gates because they are the gateways to recognizing awareness. This is an important element of Dzogchen meditation because working with the posture and physical practices can greatly reduce the obstacles to meditation. But the body is not just a means to an end in Dzogchen meditation. The body itself is pervaded with buddha-nature. It has a natural wisdom and purity. Even though it is impermanent, it is also an expression of the creative compassion of ultimate reality. Therefore the body itself is a field of revelation and insight into authentic presence.”
(Excerpted from the Tibetan Yoga & Dzogchen teaching with Pema Khandro)
What is the Dzogchen Meditation Retreat?
This five-day retreat takes place annually in the redwood forest, in Santa Cruz California. This retreat is practice oriented. It focuses on deep relaxation and supported meditation practices. Since it is the most important event of the year for the Buddhist Yogis Sangha, students come from all around the world to attend.
There are still a few spaces left for this year’s Dzogchen Retreat with Pema Khandro Rinpoche. Register by July 15th for Early Bird Tuition.
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The first ever online version of the Meditation Instructor Training created by Pema Khandro was completed last weekend. This course has been taught in a variety of formats over the last fifteen years, a ninety-day course, a twenty-one day retreat, a once a month year-long retreat, and now as an online training. Participants completed 60 hours of training. (Read more about the training here – Pema Khandro’s Meditation Teacher Training.) This included daily meditation practice and lessons led by Assistant Teachers, Satya Shiva and Aruna Rigdzin, as well as a daily teaching on meditation led by Pema Khandro Rinpoche. The lessons focused on the practice of Calm Abiding Meditation and the science of mind in Buddhist thought.
Twenty-one lessons focused on the practice of Calm Abiding Meditation, known as Zhine in Tibetan or Shamatha in Sanskrit. It included lessons on what is mind, the stages of meditation, techniques for Calm Abiding Meditation, breathing practices for warm-ups for meditation, ethics for teaching, teaching methodology and more. There were extensive weekly exams on the material and weekend workshops on teaching. The weekend workshops were interactive for the trainees using the online format. This gave them an opportunity to see each other, receive feedback on teaching and dialogue as a group. They also completed daily meditation journals throughout the course.
There were extensive weekly exams on the material and weekend workshops on teaching. The weekend workshops were interactive for the trainees using the online format. This gave them an opportunity to see each other, receive feedback and dialogue as a group. They also had daily meditation journals.
One of the surprising elements of the course is the bond formed by all the participants, who practiced together, wrote and read each other’s daily meditation journals, met in workshops and supported each other through the teaching exams.
Twenty-students began the course and sixteen students finished. They were offered the choice to finish the final requirement, which was a teaching practicum, within the month-long period of the training or to take three months to finish it. Four students finished it within the first month and graduated. Twelve more students will have until August to complete their practicum. The practicum required the trainees to teach three meditation classes in an underserved community. This included classes for people suffering from anxiety and trauma, classes for youth with behavioral challenges, classes for mothers in a small town in Bali and classes for people with chronic stress.
Congratulations to the four graduates and best wishes to the twelve students as they complete their practicum.
How to Generate Compassion for Yourself and OthersThe 2017 Lion’s Roar Retreat features Sylvia Boorstein, Geoffrey Shugen, and Pema Khandro Rinpoche along with Lion’s Roar & Buddhadharma editors.
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September 8th – 10th, 2017 – Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
About the Retreat
Join Pema Khandro, Sylvia Boorstein, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma editors for a weekend meditation retreat in New York. The retreat will focus on the topic of Boundless Love.
The retreat will be an opportunity to learn and practice Buddhist meditations for cultivating love and compassion. It will be a weekend of quiet reflection, presentations, and teachings, meditation instruction, discussion, and connection.
It will be held at the Garrison Institute, a ninety-five acre retreat center overlooking the Hudson river. Registration for this retreat is now open.
Learn to practice meditation with Pema Khandro Rinpoche tonight April 26, 2017.
This class is a free online guided meditation – offered once a month.
Tibetan Buddhist meditation has been the source of inspiration for people from all walks of life. This is due to the widespread appreciation of the benefits of meditation for reducing stress, improving health and calming and focusing the mind.
This class makes learning meditation and doing a regular meditation accessible. It is a short, half hour class led through the online platform, go to meeting. Sign up for the class and you will receive a link in your mail box for how to join. This will also put you on the list to receive a link for future classes as well.
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The online meditation instructor training is more than half way through. Seventeen students from all over the country are participating in daily practice and online lessons, weekly workshops, weekly exams, daily journaling and more.
The training has been taught by Pema Khandro Rinpoche and Aruna Rigdzin and Satya Shiva. It is attended by some new members of the sangha as well as long time members and teachers.
In what has been a massive feat of intermingling dharma and online technology, the students and teachers have all had a beautiful experience. Through the online platform, students can see each other and talk together with the teachers, watch videos of the lessons at their own pace and download teaching materials.
One of the most surprising elements is has been the strong sense of community felt by all participating. Even though the participants live in different cities, through the online discussions, chats and daily practices – there has been a strong sense of sangha. The training has two more weeks to go.
The exams have been comprehensive since the dense and in-depth material taught in the daily classes piles up. However because the lessons and practice are an hour each, it has facilitated participation by students who have active, busy lives, full of commitments. This is is one of the missions of Ngakpa International, to make training accessible to householders, people with work, family and social commitments.
The training has two more weeks to go. Congratulations on everyone for your diligence!
The next training for leaders is the Bodhisattva Training in the fall. Learn more here: Bodhisattva Training with Pema Khandro
Meditation Teachers can offer important tools to society for relating to these tumultuous times.
Meditation promotes mindfulness and equanimity – the ability to let emotional states arise and pass without becoming overwhelming. With mindfulness, we are able to become aware of our mind states, rather than carried away by them. It promotes the state of equanimity, the ability to respond skillfully to situations. Instead of responding with knee-jerk reactions, blame, resentment and anger we can choose healthier responses, such as loving-kindness and compassion. (1)
Help make meditation available in underserved communities. Teach meditation posture, breathing techniques and contemplative methods for finding peace of mind.
In order to promote meditation as a resource for mindfulness and equanimity in society, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Pema Khandro Rinpoche with offer an online Meditation Teacher Training beginning April 10th.
For full details visit this page about Pema Khandro’s Meditation Teacher Training
(1) See a full article on mindfulness and equanimity in Buddhism, mindfulness, equanimity and psychology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4350240/