The Karmapa Stupa-Crestone, CO.

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The plan to be in Crestone in the summer of 2015 was made the previous winter when registration opened for the regular two weeks of retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche. I had been attending two one-week back-to-back retreats with him each … Continue reading

As It Is

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From my earliest instruction in Buddhist meditation, this phrase, “As it is,” has been used in numerous contexts to describe a way of interpreting experience. It implies that all overlays, story, judgment, speculation about the future and interpretation of the … Continue reading

Awakening

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I have no doubt that many people have had extraordinary experiences of altered consciousness: a temporary radical change in their sense of self, their view of reality or even extended moments of uncommon visual, sensory, auditory or even dream sequences … Continue reading

The Two Truths: both/and…

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The Two Truths express the dual nature of all phenomena as both real and illusory, or empty. That is the defining premise of this blog. Everything appears to have substance: material reality as well as mental activity, sensation, emotion and … Continue reading

The Paradox of “Practice”

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  Mind itself – that is, the nature of awakened mind – is pure like space, and so is without birth or death, pleasure or pain. It has no substance to delimit it and is free of the phenomena of samsara … Continue reading