No Complaint

Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche When I visited Tibet in 2001, I frequently performed ceremonies outdoors. On one occasion, thousands of people gathered in a high, beautiful valley. It began to rain — just a light drizzle — but at 13,000 feet, any precipitation turns the weather cold. Fifty of us were under a brightly … Continue 

Is it good or bad to have a big ego?

By Susan Piver As a Buddhist teacher and someone with a lifelong interest in spirituality, I have attended my share of, well, interesting gatherings. From months-long meditation retreats where the vast and profound dharma is practiced, to sweaty evenings of devotional chanting, to workshops on using Sacred Geometry to attract love, to cocktail parties where … Continue 

Fully Funded Summer Dathün for Educators

If you are an educator for K-12th graders or enrolled in a master’s degree program in education, you may be eligible for a fully funded summer dathün at Karmê Chöling (Vermont) or Shambhala Mountain Center (Colorado). A dathün is a month-long sitting meditation retreat that is offered at Shambhala land centers. Locally, we sometimes offer weekthüns, … Continue 

Children’s Day

by Leslie Gossett photos by Jessica Warshaver I think I was more excited than the children. Arriving at the center early in order to string lights and literally deck the halls with boughs, I was eager to see what the place would look like after sunset, lit with little lights, what the King and Queen would … Continue 

The Hard Beauty of the Path

 By Susan Piver When it comes to the spiritual path, it seems there are two schools of thought. (Well, three. The first school says there is no such thing as a spiritual path.) The next school says that there is a particular path for you. Find it. Stay with it. Work it. The final school … Continue 

Sitting a Weekthun

by Leslie Gossett, Oakland, CA I’ve started writing this three different times already. Each time, I write “The first thing that struck me was…” and what comes next keeps changing. So I don’t actually remember the order in which things struck me. But when I recall the week between Christmas and New Year’s, sitting the … Continue 

Ki Ki So So and Mazel Tov!

Ali and Arik Pelkey celebrate the birth of their second child, Lucas Shai Pelkey. Lucas was born on January 1, 2014. The Pelkey’s first child, Ryder, turns two years old on April 22.