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.

Parenthood is Practice, Too

I remember the day my then-two-year-old came busting through the door of my home office, where I had my meditation shrine and cushion set up

Taking Obstacles Onto the Path

About two years ago we suffered the sudden loss of family member due to suicide. It really rocked our family. For the most part, everyone

Facing Loss

Mariam’s Playground

Right now, as a result of this pandemic crisis, many people are navigating through loss of some kind, whether it be jobs, security, or loved

Anxiety and Meditation on Campus

Anxiety and Meditation on Campus—Then and Now

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 this: to give a single anecdote, I was sitting at one of our public events behind a young woman who had brought her laptop, and she had nine live social media feeds open at once in just one app. More in others. Did she hear anything at the event where she was sitting? It seems unlikely. Many students find themselves in a constant state of distraction.

A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer - Gunawan sharing

A Dharmic Journey in Facing Cancer

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

Radically Happy Austria

Radically Happy in Vienna and Everywhere

Last year in September 2018, at Gomde Germany-Austria located in the beautiful Austrian Alps, I met Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon for the first time.

The Beauty of Simplicity: Mahamudra Retreat

Late Summer Reflections

It is the first evening of the Mahamudra retreat (July 2019) at bucolic Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, and a dozen or so sangha members have gathered