Category Archives: Western Buddhism

Questions & Answers on Mindfulness with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Q: In the West today, mindfulness as a practice is being taken out of its Buddhist context and introduced without Buddhist language of any kind. We have mindfulness in business, mindfulness in the education system, and so on. What do you think of this, Rinpoche? Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: I’ve been contemplating that quite a bit. […]

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“How to Be Kind to Yourself”: Sage Advice from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dealing with Loss, Anger and Sadness Q: My partner and I just broke up. I don’t want to feel anger or jealousy, but I feel it anyway. I feel anger. How can I have compassion for myself? Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: There are two questions here actually––one about hating someone and one about losing someone. In […]

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More “Ah Ha!” Insights from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in Connecticut

So many of you who attended “The Altruistic Heart” teachings last weekend had profound “ah ha!” insights.  Here are a couple more “ah ha!” quotes from our participants: I have studied and had teachings on the Four Immeasurables many times over the past 20 years. However, there was something so very special about Rinpoche’s teaching […]

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“Ah Ha!” Moments from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in Connecticut

DPR in CT May2013 (Alisen Downey)

This past weekend, a hundred people had the opportunity to hear Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche speak straight from his heart about the “altruistic heart” and the Four Immeasurables:  loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Everyone who attended had the chance to share “ah ha!” moments that came to them during the weekend—and there were many.  Below are […]

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An Interview with Acharya Lhakpa Tshering


Acharya Lhakpa is much loved by those of us studying and practicing in the Nalandabodhi sanghas of Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia. Recently we interviewed Acharya, asking him questions that went right to the core of the way Western Buddhist students approach the path to awakening. Acharya spoke very beautifully about making the Buddhist teachings part of your life.

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