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Meet the Nuns of Surmang - comment

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A day in the life of a wonderful community of nuns in eastern Tibet

by Jessie Litven and Gaye Carlson

Surmang Nunnery is a special place—in the vicinity of Surmang Dutsi Til, the home monastery of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in eastern Tibet.

We feel so fortunate to have known these warm and enthusiastic Surmang nuns long enough to watch them grow their nunnery over the last twenty years. Starting out as a few retreat rooms in a cave, Surmang Nunnery is now a fully functioning dharma practice center, with 120 nuns in residence, 60 school children getting a basic education, and a significant number of lay practitioners climbing the steep hill to practice there. Continue…

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International Advanced Assemblies Calendar for 2018

International Advanced Assemblies Calendar for 2018 The following Assemblies in 2018 require that you apply and be accepted through the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education: * Enlightened Society Assembly * Warrior Assembly * Sacred World Assembly * Rigden Abhisheka * Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 1 Please follow the link for program dates and information on how to apply and register. continue

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Dharma Teachings - 2017-12-05 - comment

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Arts and Poetry - 2017-12-01 - 3 comments

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Applying the Teachings

The first of two excerpts from An Ocean of Blessings, a book of teachings by Penor Rinpoche; this one emphasizes putting the Dharma into practice The most important thing is to have faith and trust in the Buddha’s words. The Buddha’s teachings were not taught to deceive us but to explain the way things actually are. Many people try to analyze the Buddha’s teachings, but how is it possible to scrutinize a buddha’s qualities? We don’t even know what will happen tomorrow, or when we will die, or anything about our future lives, so how could we possibly examine the teachings of the Omniscient One? Since we are totally obscured by our strong disturbing emotions, in order to progress on the path toward enlightenment, we have ... continue

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