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“With your laughter the whole samsara collapses. With your laughter illusion falls apart.”

This is the chorus of a song that was composed by two special friends, in honor of my first Buddhist master (Lama Padma Samten, the first lama that received ordination by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche in Brazil). I can say to you all that I have this good fortune to meet many masters endowed with a […]

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Bodhisattva Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche Compassion Rangjung Yeshe Institute

Compassion is the Driving Force of Bodhisattvas

To reiterate what some others have said in their blog posts, Rangjung Yeshe is a special Institution that combines a monastic style approach with “western” academic classes. Through this blog I have read many inspiring testimonials about Rangjung Yeshe and really do think that the Institute deserves the praise it has gotten and more. Yet […]

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Compassion earthquake Impermanence

Integrating the earthquake experience

Picture shows me camping at RYI yard during earthquake It’s now over six weeks that the massive earthquake hit Nepal. The changes that began through it are still in the works and their ends are not to be seen, yet. Houses, monasteries, temples…in fact the main class rooms and offices of RYI needed to move […]

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NAMO BUDDHA

I have known the story of Namo Buddha (in Tibetan stag mo lus byin) since I was a child. When we had finished our nomadic livestock work at the end of the day, all of my family gathered in our tent around the mud-stove in the butter lamplight. While we ate our dinner sometimes our […]

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2011 – A Year of Mistakes

Looking back at year 2011 I simply have to admit that it has been a year of mistakes. Some bigger than others, and which have taken longer time to resolve, accept, and make friends with within myself. However, no matter how hard it can be at times to accept one’s failures, looking back at them […]

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Buddhist Altruism

Buddhaghosa Buddhaghosa defines compassion as – “When there is suffering (in others), it causes good people to be moved (anukampā), thus it is Karuṇā (Visuddhimagga, tr. Ñanamoli, p. 345).”   The Buddha admonishes: “Let one first establish oneself in what is proper and then instruct others (Dhammapada, verse 158).”   One cannot help others unless […]