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  • Contemplating Contemplative Photography

    April 25, 2011

    Chögyam Trungpa took his first photograph as a teenager in Tibet. He photographed his root teacher, Jamgon Kongtrul, on the roof of a monastery. It is a wonderful black-and-white portrait...


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  • Pure Discipline, Flexible Mind

    April 22, 2011

    Pema Chödrön on Chögyam Trungpa’s view of monasticism in the West:
    In the early 1980s, Trungpa Rinpoche started to talk to me about what he would like a Western monastery to...


    This post was posted in Ocean of Dharma

  • Burning Heart

    April 19, 2011

    In the wilds of the Deer Park in Sarnath
    There are the monasteries and shrines, relics of Buddhism.
    A stray dog finds a wounded deer lying in a shed
    And licks it in...


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  • The Stroke of a Hair

    April 15, 2011

    With greater clarity, pain is experienced more harshly, more precisely and directly. According to the abhidharma, the Buddhist teachings on psychology and philosophy, the unwise feel pain as the stroke...


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  • Both Light and Shadow are Necessary

    April 12, 2011

    Unless we have an understanding and acceptance of pain, we will have no way to transcend that pain. Throughout our lives we are struggling. We struggle because, in our being...


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