Taming the Mind

Taming the Mind

by Maureen Lynch I’ve noticed some positive things this week that helped me to change negative thinking. One thing happened as I was driving home from work. I was going through a very pretty neighborhood with beautiful homes. I immediately felt jealous and sorry for...
Sharing the Dharma in the West

Sharing the Dharma in the West

Caz Lockwood attended a two-week course at Sravasti Abbey on Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, in November 2015. With many years of experience in event management, she served as Venerable Thubten Chodron’s assistant on a five-week teaching tour across eight...
The Fog of Ignorance

The Fog of Ignorance

Stephen rejoices in clarity: The fog of ignorance burned off by the rising sun of bright exalted wisdom, even the dew evaporating quickly. While obscured by this fog we are unable to see the vast landscape of karma and its effects only what is within our limited...
The Present

The Present

Stephen explores wanting: Anticipating an imagined future when we will finally be satisfied, we wish away the present, dissatisfied in every passing moment. Reminiscing about an idealized past when we had been happy, we long to return to that time, refusing to accept...
Hospital Pilgrimage

Hospital Pilgrimage

Jonathan Owen has been studying Dharma and Tibetan language in Dharamsala, India for a couple of years now and looked forward to his dad’s visit from the U.S. They had a wonderful time as Jon shared his enthusiasm for Buddhism and took his dad to his favorite temples...
In Praise of Trinley

In Praise of Trinley

Rebecca did the one-month winter retreat on refuge with the Abbey community and wrote this poem at the conclusion. I have found strength Joyous strength Capable of bestowing love. It is humble For it has Arisen in dependence upon A goal not yet actualized In self or...