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A restless ramble about writing

After we graduate from shedra we serve the lineage for three years.  This is my third year.  I haven’t started teaching the texts I’ve been assigned, so I have some time to get ready (thank Buddha!).  Last year I was asked to teach Uttaratantra.  Something I found phenomenally useful  was listening to and transcribing Khen… Continue reading A restless ramble about writing

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Study, practice, and my eighth year.

While posting photos is something I intend to continue with, I thought I had better write a little something.  Back in December I managed to get through yet another year’s final exams.  It was, as always, a huge challenge and probably my most productive time of year.  My subjects this year were: Key to the… Continue reading Study, practice, and my eighth year.

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Westerners in shedra – where are you guys?

Here is something that I’ve been thinking about lately:  There are no other international students studying in our shedra program.  (shedra, for those of you just tuning in, is what we call our college of Buddhist philosophy)  Usually, every year or so, I get a query about studying here at Namdroling.  Not this year.  Nonetheless,… Continue reading Westerners in shedra – where are you guys?

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The Relevance of Buddhist Monasticism

My fellow Western monastics sometimes mention criticism from their lay fellows, much of which is to the point of, “Monastics are unnecessary in the West.” Or, “Western Buddhism is lay Buddhism.” Now I could write about how the Sangha is four-fold, including monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen, but you’ve probably already heard about that.  In… Continue reading The Relevance of Buddhist Monasticism