India seems to think it is a good idea for long term tourists to scram every six months, for at least two months. So off I went to Nepal I spent a day in Boudhanath. Then I headed up to Pharphing, which Tibetan Buddhists know as Yanglesho. I stayed the Nyingma Palyul Retreat Center which… Continue reading Two months in Nepal
So, like many before me, I’ve moved over to wordpress.com. I’d like to know what you think of the design and what else you’d like to see here. Clearly I still have some work to do on it, since I haven’t posted a blogroll yet, among other things. For those of you who subscribe, there… Continue reading Same blog, new host site
Students in their seventh year of shedra have a special task during the ‘rainy season retreat’. They must explain a passage of Mipham’s spyi don ‘od gsal snying po (available in English as Luminous Essence) and then answer questions. The student does not get to pick what she will explain. The student’s name is drawn.… Continue reading The oral examinaton
Teacher: Repeat after me: May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. Students: May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the classes of suffering. Teacher: You want to be free from the classes of suffering? Fine, you may leave.
Since my last post, back in April, I’ve been attending class and going to debate– just like every other year. Now that we are studying tantra, though, it is like being in first year again. There is a lot of new terminology to learn, not to mention an extremely profound view of the universe. Unlike… Continue reading Tantric kindergarten
School has been in session for just more than a week now. My first subject this year is Luminous Presence (spyi don ‘od gsal snyingpo) – Mipham’s overview of the Guhyagarbha Tantra based on Longchenpa’s Dispelling Darkness in the Ten Directions (phyogs bcu mun sel). Before I started shedra – I looked at the curriculum… Continue reading Seventh year begins
Greetings from the airport in Saskatoon. In about 36 hours I should be arriving at Namdroling Monastery, India. Since my last post I’ve done three more talks, bringing the final total for this trip to seven. These three were all at the University of Saskatchewan. Two were about the path of Mahayana and one —… Continue reading From the airport