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.

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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Old Dog, New Tricks, And Turning The Mind -

Feb 22, 2019

By Rosie Bleyer I recently moved. And retired. I no longer practice a profession of 35 years, nor have I a reason to set an alarm most mornings. I meet new people...

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We are an extension of our spiritual home -

Feb 14, 2019

We’d like to share an inspiring message from Samye instructor Jack de Tar – who is also the executive director of Gomde California. I have the pleasure of writing to you after...

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Knowing When To Rest -

Nov 15, 2018

What does it mean to rest? As a working mother of two young children learns how to integrate practice into her daily life, she also discovers the importance of this simple...

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Student Reflections on the Four Mind Changings -

May 25, 2018

 The Four Mind Changings The four mind changings form the foundation of the Vajrayāna path. When we commit to this path, we start by practicing the  preliminary practices: the ngöndro. And we begin...

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Student Reflections on Supplication -

Apr 16, 2018

Eleven of our sangha members share their thoughts, experience and reflections on the practice of...

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