Have you broken Samaya? If so, what does that mean?

Sogyal Rinpoche is not well. He hasn’t been well for many years, but now it’s known that he has colon cancer, has had an operation and is facing chemotherapy. Orgyen Tobgyal, a lama who often taught at Lerab Ling recently gave a message to the Rigpa sangha asking students not to break any more samaya … Continue reading Have you broken Samaya? If so, what does that mean?

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A Healing Contemplation for Students of Problematic Teachers. Berzin. Part 2

This is the second installment of our blog posts referencing Dr Alexander Berzin's  Wise Teacher, Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010.  Part one on historical and cultural factors affecting the student teacher relationship in Tibetan Buddhism can be found HERE. The chapter on Dealing with Problematic Teachers includes a contemplation that … Continue reading A Healing Contemplation for Students of Problematic Teachers. Berzin. Part 2

A Heartfelt Response to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche on “Guru and Student in Vajrayana”

A number of  Rigpa students have said they resonate with Bernie Schreck's honest and heartfelt response to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche's 10,000 word Facebook post on  "Guru and Student in Vajrayana."  Some feel he's uncannily described their own experience and written what they have been unable to fully express themselves. Bernie Schreck has studied with … Continue reading A Heartfelt Response to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche on “Guru and Student in Vajrayana”