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Radically Loving Through Spaciousness and Letting Go

Aug 10, 2020

By Erric Solomon We usually look for love “out there”; we want to be loved. Perhaps we find a perfect lover or a new BFF, and for a time we feel like...

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Relying on the Four Immeasurable Qualities During a Pandemic (Part 1): Immeasurable Equanimity

Apr 9, 2020

By Erric Solomon During turbulent periods of crises, I find it really helpful to go to the heart of the teachings of the Buddhadharma. By remembering to bring forth the essential teachings...

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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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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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Spaciousness in Daily Life

Jul 10, 2017

Spaciousness is an opportunity to rest our minds. Rinpoche discusses how meditation is not such a big deal. As we start out, it is helpful to keep things...

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Rhythm of Happiness General Talk (Part 3)

Feb 14, 2017

In this third part of the "Rhythm of Happiness" talk, Phakchok Rinpoche suggests additional mental training to support positive feelings toward...

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Rhythm of Happiness General Talk (Part 2)

Feb 10, 2017

Rhythm can develop into a deeper practice with more complexity. In the second part of this talk, Phakchok Rinpoche explains how we may continue to...

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Rhythm of Happiness General Talk (Part 1)

Feb 7, 2017

Phakchok Rinpoche introduces us to the rhythm of happiness. He teaches several exercises to help us bring that rhythm with us into our daily...

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Avoiding Burnout by Making Time to Meditate

Jan 30, 2017

Many of us want to be helpful and do charity or volunteer work since it is needed in so many places, but it can also result in...

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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.