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

Jul 27, 2021

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 and was attempting to practice. I was...

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Radically Loving – Transcending Anxiety and Stress

Sep 29, 2020

Helen attended a three-day webinar retreat, Radically Loving – Transcending Anxiety and Stress, with Erric Solomon. I have just received the book, Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind (by Phakchok...

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Taking Obstacles Onto the Path

Sep 20, 2020

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 in the family handled the loss with...

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Student Reflections on Gomde Cooperstown’s Virtual Retreats – May 23 to June 1, 2020

Aug 6, 2020

Are you curious about what an online retreat is like? What type of experience can you expect? Is it beneficial? Recently, over two hundred and fifty people from seventeen countries around the...

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Mariam’s Playground

Apr 21, 2020

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 ones. This is a difficult and collective...

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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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Forgetting the Goal: A Lesson on Hope and Despair

Feb 13, 2020

By: Jamie Gaddy 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...

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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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Radically Happy in Vienna and Everywhere

Jan 16, 2020

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. They introduced the newly-released book “Radically Happy.”...

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Late Summer Reflections

Aug 29, 2019

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 in the meditation hall, aka: the barn....

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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.