Winter Intensive

A Bodhisattva-Warrior Community Weekthun My last post indicated that I was struggling with the ‘whole Shambhala Thing’ since the news about Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche broke. I did a lot of soul-searching before I arrived at my decision to maintain my connection to the Shambhala Sangha. I am doing so with an open mind and heart,…

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No truck nor trade with abusers

[A re-working of the 1911 election slogan regarding free trade with the Americans] The more I read about the goings-on in Shambhala, the less inclined I am to continue with the WOS [Way of Shambhala]. Whereas I was once grateful for the lessons I was learning, now I am sickened by my own involvement with…

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When the whole thing falls apart

Everyone who has an interest in Western Buddhism has heard about Buddhist Project Sunshine http://andreamwinn.com/offerings/project_sunshine/ The revelations about the Sakyong hit me hard. The project’s phase 2 report is found here http://andreamwinn.com/project_sunshine/Buddhist_Project_Sunshine_Phase_2_Final_Report.pdf The part 2 report is sub-titled a “3- month Initiative To Bring Healing Light To Sexualized Violence At The Core Of The Shambhala…

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Weekthun Redux: Quantum Physics, Tonglen and me

About a year ago I posted some material about my first Weekthun. I said the week-long meditation retreat was transformative, but I didn’t know how soon I would do it again. I guess I answered my own question, because I just finished my second Weekthun. This year was the usual mix of meditation, silence and…

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Brahma-vihara

Everything in Buddhism seems to have a number attached to it: The Four Noble Truths; the Noble Eight-Fold Path; the Four Metta Phrases; the Five Precepts; the Eight Vicissitudes; the Five Hindrances; the Seven points of posture, etc. I was assured that there would be no math on this path. As a liberal arts major, I can give…

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No Self, No Other

One of the more difficult aspects of Buddhism to grasp, especially for Western Buddhists, is that of “No self”. That’s how the Pali word ‘Anatta’ is often translated. And that threw me for a loop at the start of my journey. Like many others, I reasoned that there must be a self, or who is…

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Happy Birthday Buddha!

  Tuesday May 29, 2018 is Vesak Day, often referred to as Buddha Day.  It celebrates the birth, awakening and parinirvana (death) of Gautama Buddha. All three events are said to have occurred on the same day (in different years of course!) to Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later Gautama Buddha. Millions of Buddhists all over the…

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Another Year older

It beats the alternative, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy taking part in meditation challenges, retreats and the like, and love learning about Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It seems the more I learn, the more comfortable I am but the more contradictions appear. For example, the goal is to tackle ego, but most of me good…

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A Weekthun is not a week “off”

Although I took it as a vacation week. A week off to me implies laying around , or a hammock or something!  The Weekthun was one of the most significant events in my journey. Probably the best week and most impactful happpening  since my taking the Refuge Vow in April. Becoming a buddhist was big,…

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24 more hours of silence 

I rather enjoy the space that is given when you don’t or can’t engage in conversation. Tomorrow is our last day of silence and i for one will miss it!! This weekthun is exhausting! Counter intuitive but true!

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