For centuries, Tibetan monastic communities have held annual prayer festivals, called monlams. These special occasionspresent communal prayers and ritual practices, often sacred dance, for the well being of the buddhadharma and all beings.
Interview: Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo: Yudron, I love that the strong story-telling tradition in Tibet inspired you to write Vajrayana based novels to help teenagers understand and heal their experiences. Many parents are probably prostrating to you! How did you come to identify teenagers as your audience?
Tara Choying Lhamo, an Austrian Buddhist who has been living in retreat for more than 20 years—12 of which were spend in Milarepa’s caves in Lapchi, Nepal—is now sharing her experience and insights. Listen to her interview.
Tributes to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is a collection of sixty posts and counting, published since 2002. It includes video interviews, interview transcripts, and photographs from a wide range of admirers including Jamyang Dzongsar Kyentse Rinpoche, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, to name a few.
Embracing Compassion is an international touring exhibition of Vajrayana paintings that aims to raise awareness about Vajrayana's sacred art but also...wait for it...actually make viewers more compassionate!
My longtime friend Lama Wangmo asked if I would pen a few words on the state of Buddhist publishing, wearing my hat as the president of Shambhala Publications since 2010 and Snow Lion Publications since we acquired them in 2011.
Designed for modern practitioners and offeredin person and online, Dzogchen Cycles is a rare opportunity to delve into the depths of Nyingma teachings and practice with two accomplished Western teachers—Harvey B. Aronson (Lama Namgyal Dorje) and Anne C. Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma.
Online or offline, Dharma begins as a rethinking of ideas and notions—which is why education is important. In Vajrayana, the highest wisdom arises through scriptural learning and personal realization, i.e., through education and practice.
Love Letters from Golok chronicles the courtship between two Buddhist tantric masters, Tare Lhamo (1938–2002) and Namtrul Rinpoche (1944–2011), and their passion for reinvigorating Buddhism in eastern Tibet during the post-Mao era.
In the metal cabinets at the back of the meditation hall of Suan Mokkh, a Thai forest monastery in southern Thailand, was a book by Ajahn Buddhadassa, Christianity and Buddhism. I read this book and many others while spending almost a year of my young adult life on retreat, much of it in silence. Christianity and Buddhism became important to me because of my Christian upbringing.
According to Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo, this is the only extant work by Padmasambhava which is not a re-discovered teaching (terma) but a transmitted teaching (kama) catalogued in the Tengyur, the commentarial corpus of Buddha’s teachings.