A conversation with Rinchen Khando Choegyal, founder of the Tibetan Nuns Project

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Because Buddhist Nuns should debate and do solo retreats

Originally shared by +Jim Dey

A conversation with Rinchen Khando Choegyal, founder of the Tibetan Nuns Project

Now able to get the full education, do solo retreats and the most personally transformative practice which almost no Buddhist in the West does, debate"

Yes. As you may know, the Buddha said, “My words are not to be simply accepted; they are to be tested.” So debating trains you to be clear and gives you an analytical mind. When you study Buddhism you can analyze what really makes sense rather than simply memorizing. And to daily life, you bring skills in analysis and clear thinking.

Standing as Equals | Tricycle
In the sitting room at Kashmir Cottage, situated between the main town of Dharamsala and the area that is the seat of the exiled Tibetan government in India, I shared a pot of ginger tea with Rinchen Khando Choegyal, founder and director of the Tibetan Nuns Project and wife of the younger …

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Never surrender andNever give up

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Originally shared by +Jim Dey

Never give up. #tibet #phayul

 
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Why Tibetan Buddhism? Why the Gelug Branch?

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(Cross posted to +Buddhism & Meditation community)

Although Buddha-Dharma travelled far and wide in Asia, Tibet is just a hop over the Himalayas from its birthplace in Northern India. There was a 500-year transmission during its golden age of great monastic universities such as Nalanda. One finds many texts were translated not just word-for-word, but sometimes syllable-by-syllable. Some claim that Tibetans just incorporated the dharma into their native shamanistic religion and made something different, as Confucianists and Taoist seem to have done. This is not the case. To this day, monks study the great books from Indian scholars and yogis using Tibetan commentaries. Tibetan Buddhism is really Indian Buddhism. Furthermore, Tibetans were yak-boys as much as Americans are cowboys: down-to-earth, practical and stubborn. Yet they dove in and arranged their whole world around these teachings. If it worked for them, it can work for us.

Specifically, we teach from the Gelukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Je Tsongkapa, who lived 1357-1419 and was the teacher of His Holiness the First Dalai Lama. Why Je Tsongkapa? He wasn’t entirely happy with what he was being told as a young monk. He respected his teachers but some things didn’t add up and he wanted to know what the teachings really meant. He became a scholar of Sanskrit and analyzed the hell out of the teachings and commentaries. Using powerful tools from the logic teachings of the Buddha, he boiled it down until he got to something he, and we, could believe in, writing over 10,000 pages of commentary himself. Besides, look at the current Dalai Lama, Teacher to the World. I’ll have what he’s having.

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The Struggle of the Non-Yuppie Dharma Practitioner

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Originally shared by +Asian Classics Institute – San Diego

My Lama never charged a dime for everything he taught me over 10 years. Neither do I charge when I teach. But still, I could have written this article myself. It pains me that Buddhist practice (and yoga) still appear to be mostly for the skinny, rich and white in America. What do you think can be done? I miss teaching and I miss doing retreat, but I'm too busy treading water.
http://www.tricycle.com/feature/white-trash-buddhist

White Trash Buddhist | Tricycle
I am forever in debt to the handful of teachers, writers, and thinkers who introduced me to Buddhist practice, provide constant inspiration, and continue to shape my knowledge of this path. Actually, I’m just forever in debt. Every time I get in my 12-year-old car and rattle away to the nearest …

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I was prepared to dislike this article because of my feelings about the "Deepak Cshopping Channel" commercializing spirituality

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I was prepared to dislike this article because of my feelings about the "Deepak Cshopping Channel" commercializing spirituality. But, okay, it's spot-on for the most part. He still charges too much and is too woo-woo for my taste. I prefer the classics.

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Despite the growing popularity of meditation, prevailing misconceptions about the practice are a barrier that prevents many people from trying meditation and receiving its profound benefits for the bo…

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