Archive for the ‘Buddhist inspirations’ Category


Awakening the Kind Heart offers powerful and inviting meditation techniques to activate the heart of kindness within us all-a modern and motivating interpretation of traditional and powerful practices.

“This book will help you find happiness and true satisfaction, and help you live a life of benefit to others.”—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, author of How to Be Happy and Wholesome Fear

“Through clear explanations, straightforward practices, and basic goodheartedness, this book explains how to navigate the path to love, even under very trying circumstances. Truly, there is nothing more needed at this time-our very future may depend upon it.”—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Kathleen McDonald is a remarkably skilled meditation teacher. In this precious gem of a book, she shows us how to open our hearts into deepest solidarity with others and thereby uncover our truest selves.”—John Makransky, author of Awakening Through Love

“A brilliant book and a must-read for all seekers.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Boundless Healing

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“The Banyan Deer shows that the lives of all living beings are equally important.”—His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

This inspiring, beautifully illustrated storybook reminds us that no one can be truly at peace unless all beings have a chance for peace, freedom, and happiness. The Banyan Deer is a wonderful, heart-warming gift for anyone who loves a great story. This beautiful hardcover edition will delight both adults and children alike.

“A sweet and sensitive story of courage, sacrifice and kindness.”—Dan Millman, author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Renowned storyteller Rafe Martin is the recipient of the Empire State Award, three American Library Association Notable Book awards, four Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, two Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Awards, an American Folklore Society Aesop Accolade, several American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, an International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice, and many other awards of distinction. The Women’s National Book Association has honored Rafe with their Lucile Micheels Pannell Award. His work has been cited in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and USA TODAY. Rafe lives in Rochester, New York.

Award-winning illustrator RICHARD WEHRMAN was born in St. Louis and attended the Washington University school of fine arts. His paintings have been exhibited at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and Washington University. He was chosen as Rochester’s Communicator of the Year for illustration and has received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. Richard serves on the board of directors of the Heartwork Institute and lives in Upstate New York.

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From Shambhala SunSpace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gets Shep Fairey’d for his birthday; Tibet in today’s news

Shepard Fairey — he of the ubiquitous Obama poster, the ubiquitous Obey Giant street-art campaign, and countless other works, has now portrayed the Dalai Lama in this new portrait, Compassion.

You may recall that Fairey recently portrayed Aung San Suu Kyi as well.

Created to celebrate His Holiness’s 75th birthday, Compassion is available from Fairey’s website, and net proceeds will be split between Tibet House and LA Friends of Tibet. (The Dalai Lama’s birthday is on July 6th.)

Of the piece, Fairey says:

“I’ve always had great admiration for His Holiness and his non-violent approach to the plight of the Tibetan people. When I was approached with the opportunity to work with this beautiful image as a sanctioned source and create a work that evokes the Dalai Lama’s presence as I feel it, I was thrilled. I hope His Holiness remains a presence of compassion in the world for many birthdays to come!”

For a whole lot more visit our friends at SunSpace.

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First Invite Love In is a beautiful collection of exercises inspired by the ancient meditative arts of Tibetan Buddhism. Tana Pesso and the Penor Rinpoche work together to create a guidebook for anyone who would like to live more compassionately, wisely, and with an open and inviting heart.

Moment by moment, thought by thought, step by step we can transform our minds through time-tested compassion practices, and ultimately create a garden of delight out of any life history or current circumstance, regardless of how traumatic or difficult. There are countless examples of people from all spiritual paths, faiths, and religions who have experienced terrible hardships or even themselves created hardships and suffering for others, who have turned their minds towards love and compassion and found peace and happiness.
First Invite Love In is a clear, practical handbook that will genuinely help anyone who reads it and follows its exercises. It is an especially important guide at a time when so many lack confidence about how to go beyond fear and uncertainty.” Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of Insight Meditation and author of Faith and Lovingkindness

“The short exercises presented here will benefit anyone who is able to practice them.” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, holder of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage and author of Turning the Mind into an Ally

“A marvelous, practical book, unlike anything else out there—the ultimate ho-to manual for nurturing kindness and compassion. The authors’ enthusiasm for compassion is contagious!”—Deborah Schoeberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness

About the authors:

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1932 in Eastern Tibet he was renowned by all as an exemplary master of the Tibetan tradition. He tirelessly taught devoted students around the world. He passed away in 2009.

Tana Pesso holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She lives in Rockport, MA.

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In this lovely meditation on ikebana-the Japanese art of flower arranging-Joan Stamm shows us how her twin paths of Buddhist practice and artistic endeavor converge and indeed become thoroughly intertwined.

“This is a gentle book, beautiful and meditative, that goes right to the heart of ikebana. It is a book that I will recommend to my students to take their understanding to a different plane.”—Diane Norman, author of Ikebana: A Fresh Look at Japanese Flower Arranging

“In this subtle arrangement of real life and ancient teachings, Joan Stamm shows how attention to a single flower reveals ageless wisdom. A loving tribute to a living art.”—Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen

“The author shapes stem, leaf, and blossom into a dharma of living beauty.”—Lin Jensen, author of Bad Dog! and Together Under One Roof

Get your copy here.

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This past December the Zangdokpalri Temple in Arunachal Pradesh was consecrated after many years of dedication and hard work.

During the entire month of December, an elaborate array of rituals, dances and meditations (drupchen) was performed to consecrate the sacred structure, culminating on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, with the Aspirational Prayer Ceremony.

During the December ceremonies, Kyapje Terton Kunzang Dechen Lingpa’s kudung (precious body) was brought from the Tashi Choling Nunnery in the flatlands of Assam up to the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh to finally rest at the Zangdokpalri Temple, high atop the hill that had appeared to Rinpoche in his dream. Over the following two days, thousands of monks and lay Buddhists lined the road as the sacred parade transported the precious cairn that was to be installed at the temple. Prayers flags sponsored by friends in the West and the local community provided an escort of wind-borne prayers.

To read the entire story and learn more about the activities of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa and his son Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche visit the Zangdokpalri website by clicking here.

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Our anxiety around sickness, old age, and death can be a “wholesome fear”-a fear with a positive quality that ultimately enriches and nourishes our lives. Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows use how we can use our anxiety as a high-octane fuel to really live what’s most important; while Kathleen McDonald presents meditations that integrate these teachings and lead to peace, compassion and joy for ourselves and others. Doing so will help us to live well and, when the time comes as it inevitably will, to die well too. It’s never too early to start making this most important of efforts-and, fortunately, it is never too late.
“A wonderful and welcome book for the spiritual well-being of all who read it.”—Gelek Rimpoche, author of Good Life, Good Death

“This book is a powerful reminder of the gift of the truth of impermanence. It is a veritable treasure in the literature on being with dying.”—Joan Halifax

Wholesome Fear contains heart advice from the great Buddhist master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, regarding impermanence and death,meditation on death, the process of dying, and powerful meditation techniques from Kathleen McDonald. This book is an essential guide for anyone confronting the challenges imposed by impermanence and the process of death and dying.”—Lama Migmar Tseten, author of Treasures of the Sakya Lineage

Get your copy here.

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Wisdom is excited to announce that we are a corporate sponsor of the PBS presentation of Vajra Sky Over Tibet. The award-winning documentary is currently available to be shown on more than 120 public television stations reaching more than half of all potential television viewers in North America.

Vajra Sky Over Tibet is a visually spectacular cinematic pilgrimage bearing witness to the indomitable faith of Tibet’s endangered Buddhist community and the imminent threat to its very survival. With unprecedented access to many legendary venues, this is one of the rare documentaries to be filmed entirely inside of Tibet.

Below you will find our sponsorship video spot and listing of scheduled show times and stations.

Market / Station                                    Day / Time

San Francisco/KQED                       11/26 at 8am and 11am / Thursday

Boston/WGBH                                    10/25 at 5:30pm / Sunday

Atlanta/GPB*                                      10/23 at 12:30am / FriSeattle/KCTS                                      11/1 at 10:30pm / Sunday

Miami/WLRN                                       10/7 and 10/11 at 9pm / Weds & Sun

Cleveland/WVIZ                                 10/4 at 6:30pm / Sunday

Raleigh/UNC-TV*                              finding a timeslot

Salt Lake City/KUED                        11/28 at 8pm / Sat

South Carolina/SCETV*                   11/22 at 7:30pm / Sun

Grand Rapids/WGVU2                      10/11 at 9:30pm / Sun

Albuquerque/KNME                           11/18 at 9pm / Weds

Louisville/KET*                                    10/23 at 2am and 10/25 at 3am /Fri & Sun

Evansville/WNIN                                 10/22 at 8pm / Thurs

Burlington/VPT*                                  10/4 at 4:30pm / Sun

East Lansing/WKAR                           11/12 at 8pm / Thurs

Bangor/MPBN*                                    10/14 at 9:30pm / Weds

NOTE: * indicates statewide networks

For more on the film click here.

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A Tribute to His Holiness Drubwang Penor Rinpoche

Published by Jeff Wallman on 12 Apr 2009

His Holiness Drubwang Penor Rinpoche was one of the first ranking lineage masters to render support of TBRC.  We are indebted to the support and blessings he bestowed on our project and are honored to enclose this tribute by Karma Phunstho.  May all beings benefit.

The Selfless Acts of a Buddha

Karma Phuntsho pays tribute to the life and achievements of H.H. Drubwang Penor Rinpoche.

The demise of H.H. Drubwang Penor Rinpoche is a great loss to the Tibetan Buddhist world in general and the Nyingma tradition in particular and is mourned by thousands of his disciples around the world. His Holiness was admitted at the Columbia Asia Hospital, Bangalore for medical treatment from where through assistance from the Bhutanese government he was escorted by Indian police to his seat, Namdrolling Monastery in Mysore, South India on Friday, 27 March. After arriving there at 6.40 and saying prayers with the leading tulkus, khenpos and lamas who have gathered at his residence, His Holiness gazed around with a comforting smile and closed his eyes to enter the state of thugdam at 8.30pm on 27 March, 2009.

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was an extraordinary master. Believed to be an emanation of Vajrapani and the great Indian scholar and mystic Vimalamitra, His Holiness was born in the twelfth month of Water Monkey Year, 1932 in Powo, a village in the Kham region of Tibet where the open expanse of grasslands bestrewn with yaks and nomadic tents render a landscape that is both stupefying and enlightening. At the time of his birth, sweet scented flowers are said to have miraculously bloomed in the middle of winter.

Read it all here.

His Holiness is the co-author of the soon-to-be published book, First Invite Love In

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Recently Tana Pesso, author of the exciting forthcoming title, First Invite Love In (His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is also a contributor) was featured in the Gloucester Daily Times for practicing what she teaches.

Rescuing ‘Miss Biz’ Missing Shih Tzu puppy retrieved from marsh

By Jonathan L’Ecuyer
Staff Writer

ROCKPORT — A dog-lover and the author of an upcoming book about the Buddhist notion of compassion endured hours of torrential downpours and waist-high mud at Mill Pond early Saturday morning — all to rescue a Shih Tzu puppy named Miss Biz who went missing last Tuesday.

The 9-pound puppy captured the hearts of many in the community after she escaped from the home of caretaker Betty Alaimo of Jewett Street, and was reported missing last Tuesday afternoon.

Alaimo and her friend Colleen Magrath spent hours hanging posters and making phone calls last week, efforts that drew a great deal of attention to the missing canine and inspired many in the community to help — and not because they wanted the $1,000 reward.

Town Hall employee Mary Bourguignon was “really instrumental” in the search, said Magrath. Bourgignon called all the local veterinary clinics and animal shelters in the first hours after the dog went missing, but to no avail.

Then, at 2 a.m. Saturday, some 31/2 days after Miss Biz disappeared, something in the swamp behind Tana Pesso’s Mill Lane house awoke the senses of her two dogs.

“They started barking and barking,” Pesso said yesterday. “I woke up and heard this barking from the marsh behind my house.”

Pesso quickly realized the barking was not coming from her dogs, both of which she rescued.

You can read the whole article here.

And find out more about First Invite Love In here.

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