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Church on Fire

My primary house of worship is not a house. It is not bound by walls. It is the unconfined natural world that calls me to spiritual practice. But now my spiritual home is on fire. For obvious health reasons I cannot risk the…


Never Helpless

When things seem to be falling apart in our perception of the world, it is not unusual to feel a bit helpless. We might feel we can do nothing to help the situation. This is why generating bodhicitta is so important. If our…



Wildfire, storms, earthquakes, pandemics—the list goes on and on. Racial tensions, shifting awareness of gender identities, political divisions, on-going issues related to poverty—the list goes on and on. Our appearing outer world seems to be falling apart. But this is only the outer…


Perfectly Imperfect

It is common for us lazy practitioners to view thought as an enemy. When we misperceive Buddha’s teachings, we believe thought to be nothing but distraction. But from the Dzogchen perspective, which is the foundation of our lineage, all thought is an emanation…


Where There Is An Image …

Sometimes we hear an echo of where we are to be in a place far removed from our eventual destination. For instance, my yoga master taught me many things that presaged my embarking on the Vajrayana Buddhist path. I was unaware at the…