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My Experience as an IMI Regional Representative

My Experience as an IMI Regional Representative By Ven Tenzin Tsultrim I’ve been the regional representative for IMI Southeast Asia for about a year now, since being invited to take on the role in February 2021. The workings of IMI were not unfamiliar to me as I had once served on the Board from 2009…

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Fire, Smoke and Prayers at Amitaba Buddha Pure Land

Fire, Smoke and Prayers at Amitaba Buddha Pure Land By Wongmo, ABPL, Washington 2021 As I write this I just realized that our fire began August 15th, 2015, and now it’s the August 16th…meaning fire season here isn’t over yet.  At  least another month to go… gosh. What with fire season and two months of…

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Asian Americans Under Attack: How would the Buddha respond?

Asian Americans Under Attack: ​​​How would the Buddha respond? ​Sunday, August 15, 2021 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT  4:30pm - 6:30pm CT 5:30pm - 7:30pm ET ​Cost: Free to All Happening on Zoom (Link is below) The recent rise in attacks on Asian Americans has sparked fear and tremendous anger in our communities. These attacks have also…

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Thangtong Gyalpo’s Prayer: & “Liberating Sakya From Disease”

Transcript of Geshe Tenley’s commentary. Transcription and editing: Kimber Fitzmorgan, kimber@kurukulla.org  Would you please introduce yourself? Hello, my name is Geshe Tenley. Geshe Ngawang Tenley. I am from Tibet. I came to India to study at Sera [Je Monastery], then I came to Boston. Right now, I am the Resident Teacher at Kurukulla Center in…

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The Importance of Sangha in the West; and Gelongma Vows

The Importance of Sangha in the West; and Gelongma Vows Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche 15–16 July 2015 Maitreya Instituut, The Netherlands Edited by Robina Courtin August 19, 2020 IN THE WEST THERE IS NO RESPECT FOR WESTERN SANGHA I’ve noticed that some centers in the FPMT have respect for the sangha, but most do not. In…

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Continuing the Conversation on Desire

By Ven Lozang Khadro Ven Khadro and friend I read Ven Legtsok and Khedrub/Dan’s article in the last IMI e-newsletter.  Their article was courageous and honest, and it helped me to feel more connected with the wider sangha community, especially during the pandemic and India’s many lockdowns. Ven. Legtsok’s suggestion on sharing and support resonated with…

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What is Practice?

"What is Practice? By A Monkess Most think that daily commitments, rituals, pujas and teachings are our main practice.  And they are certainly crucial so it's a real blessing to be able to participate in these whenever possible. But we've all heard the story of the man doing many prostrations being told "very good but much better to practice"; then it goes onto reciting prayers, making light offerings etc.  Each time he was advised "but better to do practice". "If you are suffering, use it as the cause to bring happiness to others. This way, whatever kind of life experience you have, you use it on the path. There is no interruption to Dharma practice and one's life is most beneficial."  Lama Zopa…

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Pandemic Pleasures, Samsaric Sufferings

Pandemic Pleasures, Samsaric Sufferings By Ven Drolma Ann Kane Monkey family at Tushita Meditation Center, India Bring it on!  When the second wave of the virus hit in India we went through another series of lockdowns.  How would we survive?  So many people are struggling in so many ways.  Here at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamkot it…

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About some parts of Dharmagupta Poshada for Bikshunis

About some parts of Dharmagupta Poshada for Bikshunis By Ven Christiana Jampa Tsomo In my opinion, the text of the Pratimoksha Sutra for bhikshunis in the Dharmagupta tradition contains extraordinary elements, useful for any monastic and even non-monastic Dharma community. I am referring to the part of the Sutra that lists a set of precepts…

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