Student Reflections

Engage with other sangha members here by reading and sharing reflections and discussing areas of interest to you. We all benefit from exchanging ideas and cultivating spiritual friendships. If you’re looking for inspiration, your fellow practitioners can help you feel supported and less alone! Do you have concerns about balancing practice and daily life? Here’s a place to turn for suggestions and encouragement.

Being with and Caring for Those Who Are Dying -

Feb 27, 2020

Being with and caring for those who are dying is a spiritual experience, more than a medical one. When someone is dying we enter a world that is sacred and filled with...

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Forgetting the Goal: A Lesson on Hope and Despair -

Feb 13, 2020

Hope and Despair: What does it mean to hope? Losing hope, or falling into despair, on the spiritual path is a deeply painful and penetrative experience. What does it mean to hope...

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A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer -

Jan 23, 2020

By Wiyono Gunawan (pictured above in the middle, with his spiritual family before his operation at his home town, December 2017) This reflection has been translated and edited for better clarity. The...

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Teachings on Khenpo Ngakchung’s Commentary on Words of My Perfect Teacher -

Jul 26, 2019

For a sweltering, but inspiring and deeply rewarding, couple of days over 4th of July weekend, a few lucky sangha members were able to receive teachings from Tulku Migmar  Tsering on Khenpo...

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Sampa Lhundrup Tsokbum: Student Reflections on this Auspicious Occasion -

Jul 24, 2019

Sampa Lhundrup Tsokbum:  Student Reflections on this Auspicious Occasion Sitting in the tsokbum at the Asura cave in Kathmandu feels relaxed and almost normal or natural to be there–until I take a...

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Check Yourself! The Tool of Reflection -

Jul 5, 2019

Image by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash By Nina Eder When I first heard Phakchok Rinpoche talking about reflecting on our mind, I didn’t think that “checking myself” would be of any use....

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Teaching My Grandkid Dharma -

Jun 28, 2019

By Leslie Anderson Oh no, my 3-year-old granddaughter, McKenzie is yelling,” No, no, no,” again and she’s thrown herself on the floor! What a challenging time as a parent and grandparent. Then...

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A Garland Of Protection – A Reflection By Chou Chuen -

Jun 20, 2019

By Chou Chuen Perfectly Enlightened Mother, please protect us beginners on the Path! Sipping coffee and museum hopping in London with a monk that I barely knew. That was how my journey...

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From Physics to Dharma: Becoming Kinder and Happier -

May 8, 2019

By Benjamin Schuellein “If you could take and weigh all the smoke, ash, and all the other stuff left over after a fire, it would be heavier than what was burned”, my...

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Devotion and the Guru’s Grace -

Mar 3, 2019

Devotion and the Guru’s Grace by Craig Davis   Please know that what follows is simply my dream, which may not be your dream.   I have had the unique opportunity (some...

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