Holistic Living

Anxiety and Meditation on Campus—Then and Now

Mar 31, 2020

Anxiety is widely reported to be the number one psychological challenge among students today, and in a recent survey, 97% of students reported technological distractions are a problem both inside and beyond the classroom. Any faculty member can confirm...

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What can we do if we really start to freak out? (Part 3 – Liberation through Feeling)

Mar 26, 2020

by Erric Solomon Panic is Energy A sense of panic isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But how we deal with panic can make a huge difference. Panic is energy, a kind of...

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What Can We Do If We Really Start to Freak Out? (Part 2 – Creating Space with Phakchok Rinpoche)

Mar 22, 2020

Phakchok Rinpoche teaches how to create space to feel more calm and lose fear, as well as slow down the loop of negative...

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Busy Laziness

Mar 12, 2020

These days we are all so busy that we often don’t take time to consider how constant doing affects our minds. And we might be surprised to know that in the Buddhist tradition, busyness represents a type of spiritual laziness....

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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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Anxiety: Seeing Through the Spin

Feb 6, 2020

Anxiety arises for almost all sentient beings in certain situations.  And there are times when worry can be useful or productive. A little stress can make us sharper, or enhance our performance at times. Yet humans, and particularly modern humans,...

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Antidotes for the Loneliness Epidemic

Jan 2, 2020

Loneliness: What’s Going on in Our Lives? Researchers are noting that large numbers of people report chronic feelings of loneliness. The numbers are so staggering that government agencies in many countries and...

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FOMO Got You Down? Try Sympathetic Joy

Dec 26, 2019

FOMO, or “fear of missing out,”  afflicts many of us more dramatically in our hyper-connected world than it did in the past. Thanks to constant connectivity, we are immediately aware of what...

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Four Radically Happy Ways to Not Just Survive, but Thrive During the Holiday Family Gatherings

Dec 19, 2019

By Erric Solomon The holidays are supposed to be a time of joyous celebration with extended family and friends. Yet many people dread the family gathering, especially these days where the political...

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.