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The wisdom of conducting both Wisdom and Compassion

I have observed my relationship to Tibetan Buddhism (and Buddhism in general) mostly wax over the past 9 to 13 years, with a little bit of waning.  And in that time, I dove in deep and yet I am still understanding new realizations everyday.  Because I dove in so deep, my current realization does notContinue reading “The wisdom of conducting both Wisdom and Compassion”

Attending Spring Retreat 2012, TMC

I am heading up to Spring Retreat tomorrow.  Every year, the Tibetan Meditation Center of Frederick Maryland hosts a 16 day teaching retreat.  This year, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen is headlining the list of presenters, although Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin and Drupon Thinley Ningpo are formidable teachers in their own right (of course). Due to my swiftly-becoming-tedious-and-yet-I’m-bearing-with-itContinue reading “Attending Spring Retreat 2012, TMC”

Vajrakilaya Tormas

These are images of tormas from the Vajrakilaya mandala and shrine, from a retreat in Batavia New York.  Sponsored by the White Lotus Dharma Center of Rochester New York. Some of the tormas were more “typical” of tormas I have seen at other retreats and monasteries.  However, on the Vajrakilaya mandala, there were two tormasContinue reading “Vajrakilaya Tormas”

Retreat in NY, May 2012

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited.  Thank you for visiting. I attended a Vajrakilaya Drupchen recently, organized by the White Lotus Buddhist Center of Rochester New York.  It was a relatively brief retreat, and especially so for me.  In this post though, I intend to objectively describe theContinue reading “Retreat in NY, May 2012”

North Carolina pilgrimage

I’m on day two of a journey to Urban Dharma, a new Dharma Center in Asheville. I don’t know a whole lot about the center just yet. I have been told many good things, but I’m going for myself, to investigate (and to spend quality time with friends and to receive authentic Dharma teachings). ForContinue reading “North Carolina pilgrimage”

Little Mahakala retreat

Friday’s agenda: pick up friends truck, filled with meditation cushions for the center; drop off children’s books that a client left in my healing space – on top of Afton mountain at Swannanoa; drive to Maryland, Lama House and Tibetan Meditation Center; talk with Lama – questions about upcoming year Saturday’s agenda: sit, eat, rest,Continue reading “Little Mahakala retreat”

off to retreat

Hello to all (any of?) my wonderful readers, I am headed up to Maryland this afternoon, for eight days of resting down and back into a vast mandala of healing wisdom. There is an annual retreat held at the Tibetan Meditation Center. This year, the focus will be on the practice of Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara) andContinue reading “off to retreat”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – H. H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Ladakh

We visited Ladakh in June / July of 2008, which was tragically after the Chinese crackdown on Tibet.  This was the year of the Chinese Summer Olympics, so there was more attention on China (and Tibet) and people tried to take advantage of this.  Anyway, what does this have to do with Ladakh?  Well, ifContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – H. H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Ladakh”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Basgo Palace

The next morning, considering this was the second time we had stayed at the Temisgam Guest House (or maybe they do this with all their guests, but I doubt it), we joined the owner’s family for a traditional Ladakhi breakfast in their kitchen.  Due to the large wood or yak-dung burning oven / stove dominatingContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Basgo Palace”