Repost: The way out is through, not over by Matt Licata

This provocative piece, just posted from my friend Matt Licata, is why I write so often about shadow work and exposing our dark side on this Reiki healing and self awareness blog. The only real way to find the light within us is to face…
Rongzom Pandita

Will the real vow breakers please stand? A Quote from Rongzom Pandita

Quote from Rongzom Pandita (an 11th. century Buddhist Saint), reposted from a dear bright, lotsawa dharma brother John Whitney Pettit~ There's been much discussion about behavior of lamas towards their disciples. Needless to say, there…
paro dzong

Was I really in a cult? Reflections from a Shambhala Member

I wrote this a few years ago, a journal entry, when I had a lot of time to think about my former Buddhist Community, now struggling to survive and redefine itself. I was a member for over 20 years and many close friends there still,…
amy carlson

To Amy~ Mother God

Trigger Warning- Cults I heard rumor that you wanted to go to the hospital but your devotees did not allow you to. After you passed away, they had so much faith that they thought your corpse would ascend, yet never did. Who is to…
without filter- without pretense

Action is the Antidote to Despair

Action is the Antidote to Despair- Joan Baez Here is my curriculum vitae or maybe my living obituary, or just a modest aspiration prayer~ I was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 18, 1969. My mom was from a conservative waspy…
The Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha)The Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha)

Protected: THE SECRET BOOK OF SIMHAMUKHA- The Excellent Vase of Precious Jewels

THE SECRET BOOK OF SIMHAMUKHA being a translation from the Tibetan of "The Excellent Vase of Precious Jewels" which contains the profoundly Secret Teachings relating to the lion-headed Jnana Dakini Simhamukha, inc-luding the history of…
SIMHAMUKHA Wrathful Lion-Headed Dakini

SIMHAMUKHA Wrathful Lion-Headed Dakini

Reposted: Permission Requested of Author John Reynolds Vajranatha March 29th 2009 The Wrathful Wisdom Dakini Simhamukha In terms of these Higher Tantras, a meditation deity (yi-dam lha) who is both wrathful and female is the Jnana Dakini…

On Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Passing and My Time at Naropa

  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/obituaries/lawrence-ferlinghetti-dead.html Today we bid farewell to one of the original beat poets, Lawrence Ferlinghetti who died at 101, please listen to him read the Assassination Raga. https://allenginsberg.org/2018/03/wed-m-28/ As…
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Dawn Boiani-Sandberg relays dharma insights from interviews with Tsoknyi & Thrangu Rinpoche

Last year, I met with the number of noted Buddhist teachers here in Crestone Colorado, including Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche about the future of our Dharma practice after some of the concerns of the #metoo movement and many scandals…

Trauma Bonds~ Healing from Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissistic/ Borderline Abuse is much more ubiquitous than we know. Any contact with unfeeling, abusive people can be some of the most heartbreaking and damaging relationships we ever encounter and without education, can literally destroy lives,…

The Modern Ronin~ Real Spirituality vs. Religion

 A Ronin is a Japanese Samurai Warrior that has lost his (or her) master and yet wanders boldly and bravely into their life. Many of us are taking a hard look at religion, a "religious path" and longing to make real personal, spiritual progress…

Book Review: In Love With the World by Mingyur Rinpoche

There's an amazingly powerful, loving and gentle teacher you might have heard of named Mingyur Rinpoche. I am a close student of his father and brother and "grew up" with this family while I was living in Nepal for many years. I lived at his…
beat poets

Ode to Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg

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https://allthatsinteresting.com/beatniks-new-york#1 Lineage fathers, I supplicate your sordid AH divinity. ཨ   I had the privilege of meeting Burroughs at the Naropa Institute in the early 90's, I recall him being very…
prayer wheels

Revised: The 14 Root Tantric Inspirations for the New Millennium

Buddhists scholars historically, are fond of lists. Many are feeling that this exceedingly male dominated tradition led way to some dated, heavy handed tenets and it's been suggested to rewrite them, remove punishment and hellish fears altogether.…
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What is Enlightenment? Series Part 4.- The Afterlife?

What is Enlightenment? Series Part 4.- The Afterlife? Reposted from May 24, 2019 on buddhistmala.com/by Dawn Boiani What really happens when we die, we would all love to know once and for all. Is there an afterlife? A young Colorado…

Shambhala Warrior Prophecy and Engaged Dharma by Joanna Macy

    In the future, the "Shambhala Warriors" *must be involved with politics, engaged Dharma, and social action* to help our world. This is not a time in human society for retreat and ignoring or losing heart. This is what…

Final Words of Chatral Rinpoche- The Future of Buddhism

Before His Holiness Chatral Rinpoche passed away (at age between 103 -105 years), a disciple asked him, "How will the rise and fall of the Dharma be like in the future?" Chatral Rinpoche replied, "Support…