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Bön Buddhism Daily Life Poetry Unity

Into harmony [Poem]

Through these times of big changes
through the days of old dying
Emerges the time of New Dawn
we stand at our own awakening

For what we will do we don’t know
yet our abilities are strong within us. 
Where we have been we know
and lessons are plenty
moving forward is the way of Love

While we are in this body
and while we have this time
opportunities are coming to
those who stand up

To those who understand that power
is a gift, that needs to be shared
and developed with care,
taught to use properly
to benefit all

So here we are,
once again in this story
learning to walk again in a new way
for the benefit of all and in
benefiting the planet
Love wins

Healing and transforming, living in Peace
I see a world of Harmony
Teaching and awakening
to walk in One Love

Bringing creation into manifestation
for remembering Buddha Nature brings in much more
possibilities than you know.
Changing perspectives and points of view
allows us all to see everything through
into One Heart, and into Love
For one and for all.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo

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Bön Buddhism Dzogchen Guru Yoga Life & Death Poetry

At the door of Death [Poem]

My Deepest Fear
My love,
When I look into your eyes I wonder
What is it that you look into inside me
Where is your gaze hooked upon
and in what ways you find your own.
How you connect with this heart and when
Do you know to let go and to what?
For the love we share is far from a space
and time we both know.
Here in this plane it will never be
And on this earth not understood
When the condor dances with snake
I see the eyes of the puma in you.
I bowed to The Death in us last night
Saying my prayers one last time
To teach you a lesson you will understand
when surrenders one final touch comes your way
For the way of the snake teaches like this
To know they self in this Mystery
When Death comes knocking on your door
Nowhere to hide, plead, or tell stories
Your presence and your wondering ways,
Your imagining and your illusion’s veils
No one will bargain in this ways when Death
Comes in her way.
The Darkest sister we will know,
don’t ever stir her unknown
Don’t ever invite her in before her time,
Her ways are understood by few.
Over the spaces of life we tune
into what we believe to be important
Into the heart and into grace
to enter a portal of One Way.
While we all do it and while we all feel it,
While we all touch it and want more of it
When Death comes unexpectedly,
you must surrender to the unknown
For she is a portal, a gate, a transition
Without opinions and without your default ways
She does not judge nor complement you
Neither she cares who you love
For her time is her time and your times
makes no difference
and this I know
Deeply makes you sad.
It is like walking through the eye of a needle
For while we still can play a game here
In the way of the passage there is no escape.
Ancient wisdom teaches us much
on how to prepare and how to go
To a timeless dimension into unknown
Into what we all will one day face.
There is a resting, unlike no other
dropping into something unfamiliarly known
deep trusting and letting into
space that has always been there
grasping that has no bottom
and a holding that pulls you closer
Into a space from within your own being
into a way that you hold within
Into something deeply holy
That is uncorrupted by any, and by all
Invisible and present always
Real and untouched
Hidden for most
I bow to you Death,
please stay at bay with all respect
For no-one really knows of your ways
You are no anger and no Love
You are empty and are misunderstood
For you take, there is no exchange
You cut the cords that hold everything
And bring a timeless place of silence
You yourself make no noise
And dance this way upon me
I feel the beating heart in me
Feeling my ways and giving thanks
For while what I do, does not concern you
I know you understand the Buddhas ways
and the Masters know how to tame you.
The open door you hold is big
The Buddhist wisdom knows this well
And trusts the timing of your arrival
Knows how to shift you out of your place
and dance our way into a light
You open gates into the luminosity
Of the land of Pure Bliss
With wrathful, peaceful and joyful deities
you merge and converge in a familiar way.
I hear the spirit of Shekinah calling
As I stand on this threshold
Here is the fertile land and soil
Here are the teachings, and our meeting
Here I can bring the wisdom of old
And integrate it into One teaching
Respect the traditions of the ones you don’t know
For wisdom of ancient it all holds
While some corruption happened in wake
Know that the Heart Heals itself
Know that the Mind can rest in Peace
And that the Peaceful ways are possible
For this is not our eternal home
This is a meeting place for all
Where we all go
I will not tell you
For your work here must be done
You have to figure out your way
And know that it all starts and ends with the Three Jewels.
In our heart we hold divinity and access
to more than you can even imagine
Once you trust the heart you resonate and change
the ground of your frequency.
The wisdom of presence is the only way
Into the moment and its grace
Into the essence of understanding
into the Masterfully prepared meditation.
For you can run my friend, you know
But then again, you can always rest
In the compassion that fills your heart and mine
And in the Love that can heal all
In the space beyond the time
The Shekinah comes and go
They open this mystical passage upon asking
For those who have cultivated practice
And know and teach of ways you will understand
So one and all can awaken I this way
The Buddhas know and guide this precious wisdom
The Mystery likes for you to believe her
While I see you and I wink at you
Know that this play will end some day
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
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Buddhism Contemplation Poetry Politics World Matters

Not an Illusion [Poem]

Clarity is not an illusion
when heart is open and free
we realize our being by integrity
of what is present here

in the midst of retreat and inner chaos
in the midst of the falling trees
we can always find something still
and that stillness can set us free

This is why we need to move on
over the challenges and difficult feelings
over the turbulences of heart and hurts
over the stories and their endings

This is why there is little forgiveness
there is really nothing to say
people sometimes don’t know how to show up
but they show up anyway

in the coldness of their manner
and in the silence of the emptiness
in the high throne they are guarding
and in the present wakeful answer
that is clear

It is so simple to realize that Love
is present here and now
and the circumstances have changed
but the feeling is always One.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

 

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Bön Buddhism Environment Poetry Politics Women's Affairs

Mother’s Mystery [Poem]

This mother’s ancient mystery
We drink this blood of the Earth
we sit in this holy fire
we move with the changing times
we lift our heart from desire
We step into the next dimension
Awake and filled with love
While resting deeply in the mystery
We trust the Earth will heal

Our hearts and our relations

For she is our holy mother
Telling her children one and another
Is your family is your kind
For when you take from me in this way
I know there is no other way
The mystery has turned on me
And asked me to step away
Look into my eyes my sister
Look into my eyes my brother
I am the holy fire that burns in your own heart
For what you feel I feel
For what you seek I give
For what you give me
I give you
And for what you take
I don’t ask
So now my brothers and sisters
Rest back in your heart knowing
That this mother’s ancient mystery
Is speaking through your blood
This luminous knowing
This healing heart, some forgiveness
and a lot more letting go
This moving and trepidation
This breathless stillness
In it I find my living
It gives the life back to me
For the Earth’s holy pulse
Moves and breaths us in this way.
While we try to figure out
With our minds this happening
We are shown furthermore
The depth of this Love
This ancient Love of the Earth
And her healing ways
That few can grasp and understand
And fewer know the real way
For to be sitting with this blood
You must know your holy heart
In a sacred way of the grandmother
that gives her life all back
To the Earth that never asks
For anything in return
You my brother are my friend
And I am your Holy name.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
Categories
Buddhism Daily Life Life & Death Poetry Vajrayana World Matters

Harvested soil [Poem]

Subtle gestures of tenderness
open the heart of wisdom
within each one of us
for the merits of these consequences
unfolds from beyond what we can conceive of
in the grace of the miracles of the sacred Mystery
the natural compassion
will arise when we least expect it
it is the soil on which we plant
our seeds
From the karmic conditions
sprouts the miracle of what we truly are
when the times are passing by
and when there is nothing to turn into
may the grace of the moment’s compassionate
embrace be with you
The essence of the miracle of these subtleties
are the very things that you will discover
as you learn and practice the Dharma
in her many sublime ways
The methods are ancient and timeless
and while we know that the hour is upon us
we Trust the grace of what is moving through us
This way and with the Buddhas guidance
we relinquish holding onto the past,
while remembering well
the soil that we have harvested.
Fruits of this practice birth
only the best in each one of us
The Green Tara stays with us
to keep things in balance.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
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Buddhism Contemplation Culture & Art Poetry

Middle path, for now [Poem]

For Now,
This is how high we are, you and I
Luminous are our ways in the Heart
So many times we have done it before
and so many times we will again.
For what you feel and what you sense
your mind will not believe
In the essence of the One direct experience is the way.
The Buddhas have us in their care pointing the way
For while we are battling the challenges of life
we know and realize that this is not the end.
Where you decided to abandon your own seat of compassion
the inner reflection of the mirror points me deeper in that direction
For while I have the heart of Love and while I know my ways of Earth
I trust the Spirit guides us well beyond the ordinary mind.
In Time and Trust,
devoted ways are living through me in this Faith.
This is the beginning of higher transformation
into the endless vastness of creation.
For what was, will be forever more
remembered in the Heart of this Mystery
that Love is the only answer there will be
for you and me and for everything.
May the Holy Middle Path continue guiding lives
of all of us, While the Buddhas hold the Mystery
they are walking in this Way.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
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Buddhism Poetry Politics Vajrayana

Surrender to Dharma [Poem]

Oh The Buddhas!

They tell me such things I tell you
I wake up in laughter at the discussion
that seems endless and laced with so many teachings
I bow.

Sometimes appearances manifest
in a way that is hard to understand
even a lot of practice can not prepare
one for the grace of unexpected
joy and pleasure
and good life

Just surrender to my way
I am telling you now,
everything will be okay

The feminine Power is such a Mystery
you will never uncover just what you wish,
you may get more than you know
if you just accept the very thing
That you already are that which you seek

I chose to go the Noble Lady Tara way
She showed me her kindness and grace
in splendid ways
I trust that women will understand
the teachings that are coming in the modern day.

For the Buddhas keep their guiding eye
and as we are all embracing the idea of awakening
responsibility blossoms simultaneously
with practice.

So practice with dedication my sisters
and surrender at the feet of the feminine altar that you trust,
Saraswati is my guide and so are other feminine maps
for it is the new dawn and a new beginning
and a transition into the land of Dakini

The interior palace of grace and love
the empty space that you can rest in, very nice.
The intimacy of the heart knows of no bounds
and the heart has no limits that you can touch.

The medicine in us is strong you see and so
we lift the knowing that everything is as it should be
although it may seem difficult to integrate
the Great Goddess Tara really knows her way.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

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Buddhism Culture & Art Life & Death Poetry Politics Unity World Matters

My Sister [Poem]

My Sister,
I sit in your essence
sharing the grace of One Love
with you
I see
The Elemental magic pouring fourth
It’s wisdom into you
For what may seem one way, is not
and what may not be, is
in You I am grace and power attuned
In me I find my second place
For wisdom of Ancient times I have
From my bones it comes to speak the Truth
That when Earth and Water come to play
Maturity forth pours its Fruit.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
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Bön Buddhism Poetry

Dakini’s Laugh [Poem]

I laugh the Dakini’s laugh
it scares me sometimes you see
she takes over unexpectedly
and then I have to just trust her
completely.

What a force of nature, you are
I can not even say in words to find
someone like this, one in a million
and so many more are coming like her

To fill this space of transformation
with grace and positivity.
Empty space has no energy
it has no intention it in,
it is there to show itself
from the imagination of being

So here I am telling you again
you can meet me if you want
I will be nice I will be coy
and I already know my own ploy

So better know that I already know
and I know that you do too
I love you so much, Dakini style
and Love knows of no bounds.

This body lives strong, although it is weak,
support is needed and I laugh at this feat
that is a design of a humorous game
of a chase of a Dakini into her rein

But she knows well that this game
also holds some responsibility
and maybe she will play this role
once she’s allowed to do what she wants

Visions emerge from the space of laughter
with insights that no one could believe
A floating lotus, and many colors
I trust that you know what it means.

Dakini needs her spontaneity
creativity and some liberty
Few nice things to wear she likes
a nice man, and in the modern times
a new teaching to share with the world
Peace is possible and while I laugh out loud
Everyone is on board.

I stomp my feet, my leg is whole
I see the scars, I speak of it no more
I shake my head at this adventure
I must liberate her

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

 

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Buddhism Life & Death Poetry Politics

Beloved’s Dance [Poem]

So we Pray for One Love
One Heart, and Universal Mind
To be in balance now and forever more.
To bring awakening to the transparencies,
To bring awakening to the sleeping hearts
To bring the Mystery into the play
Transcending Illusion into the vast space
Beyond the form of all imagination
Lives the Secret of Eternal Love Blossoming
When the Serpent enters its cave of the night
The music dances the light
Luminosity from this Space you and I emerge in Forever Dance.
Religion and Science will never grasp
the love’s connection in your eyes,
the holy fire that burns in my heart
I lay it into your eternal heart.
For you my love are more and more
the Mystery of this universe Unfolds
in ways and presence I can not grasp
In ways and bonds that forever last.
No Karma no Dharma and no reprise
will understand the world of the Snake
While shedding skins and kissing Earth,
eternally grateful are my ways,
In which I go and in which I live
to bring you all the Peace you believe.
May Holy Fire Burn bright in your eyes
To light the way in others hearts
When you awaken my dear Love,
I, will step into this holy fire
With You Eternally I dance this play,
creating it all from Love’s embrace
And Although few will understand,
They all will come again and again
To witness Mystery’s glaring heart
in yours and mine breathing hearts.
I live in heart and it lives in me
and that is just the beginning of this Mystery
I love you more than you will ever know,
and my love knows that we are whole,
beyond all time, space and existence
Love knows no better Heart’s Mystery.
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo
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Buddhism Guru Yoga Poetry

Guru Yoga [Poem]

I feel you today so strong
the Love I have in my heart is so deep
so much we can do together my friend
if we unite like this.

In the paradigm of the wisdom that moves us all
In the changes that shape our reality
in the healing that takes form in unknown ways
and in the love that takes our breath away

When we step fully into this moment
that realizes for us the reality
of past present and future converging
in the mysterious form of the thought
of One.

and then drop this all into the emptiness
and from there live ready for what might come
stepping in touch with reality
while transforming the past that needs to be

healed and we do use our memories
to tell our story of what has passed
in the present time and while we do that too
the new future emerges and that is you

in me realizing that this mystery,
this breath you breathe and this form you see
all of this really is just invisible
as the visible love that flows in me

While the planet needs healing in this time
While the people need to awaken their hearts
Buddhas watch us all in their grace
while they figure out
our minds.

For the benefit of All Sentient Beings
Ati Guru Yoga

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

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Buddhism Culture & Art Daily Life Poetry

Beyond Intellect [Poem]

Don’t let yourself be sharp,
By the cutting coldness of your intellect
That you forget the heart that lives in you
That you forget the luminosity.
For when we recognize the nature of mind
We receive everything we can,
Until then we are only
Spinning endlessly in circles
Like a dog chasing its tail
But
When we really open to compassionate Love
When we really see the Earth as our teacher
When we understand that beauty and
pleasure and sensuality
are the ways of the Tantras
Then we can find another measure
Of the healing that lives beyond.
Intentions that are in the land
The prayers that are so deep
More than you will ever know
For the wisdom I carry is one
And the Path of the One Dharma is Holy,
I do not tolerate your judgements
And your ways of war and of coldness
I do not speak and take on this time
In which you have so eloquently entrapped me
I stand for compassionate Love
and there are many ways
To make you understand
One Love and the Buddha Dharma
Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

 

 

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Buddhism Culture & Art Poetry Women's Affairs World Matters

For Shakti Sisters [Poem]

Sisters,
The way of the Shakti is such you see
that what you grasp with mind you will never believe
That when the direct experience comes
All your practicing, bam! It is a blast.
It shows you clearly then who you are
and furthermore who others are
In their fears and triumphs and tribulations
knowingly not knowing what to say.

For the way of the mind always knows what to say,
The masculine answers in her defence,
While the tender heart of a woman knows
What rage is, and how to walk that road

For love my friend has many faces you see
And it is not as easy as it seems
For while everyone will share their final point
Few will know how to hold your hand.

Through the challenging times and the painful things
While facing you deeply into the things
That live inside you as well, woman
And things that you don’t want to face

And then one day your heart will understand its opening
Allowing all of the universe to come in
While in the most unexpected ways
You will see that life is interconnected to the Buddha Dharma
and pointing you in the direction of compassionate Love
In this way the remembering stays
and people who speak from experience know
That book knowledge serves so much only you see
And the things lived together are deeper

For the walk we take and the beat we play
is higher ground of the Pachamama’s heart.
In the Mystery of compassionate Love you see,
Sister my rage is your rage too.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Poetry Politics Vajrayana

Her name was freedom [Poem]

For her name was freedom;
I had to clearly establish my boundary
and tell you precisely who I am
that love only lives in this temple
and that there is no one else other than Grace

This home of wisdom this Vajra body
these elements balancing in effortless space
spontaneously arisen, so still in presence
and always responding to the knowing flow
of the environment and all that it holds within
balancing and arriving in equanimity

So how does this elemental spirit  
move through time and space?
What brings it together again night
after night from long journeys afar
Where the spirit belongs to the body
and the body is its permanent home

My thoughts return to a place in time
where our eyes met and I fell in love
with the presence so powerful and clear and blue
where I knew just what I had to do

For Love is so wild and it will make you do
the unbelievable things through
the movement of time and growing pains
you have changed so completely,
I can not understand

And now I know that there are
no boundaries to this home
This love and this life that it is all whole.
That the universe is our playing field
and the Buddhas and Dakinis
are laughing with you.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Poetry Vajrayana

Cultivating awareness [Poem]

Awareness is the key to game we are in
and while you mischievously
play your unethical ploy
nothing will break you away from me
for I already know where is my home

For while you want to show me your power
and teach me some things that are untrue.

I tell you One Love manifests in me
and in the Way of Being
The way you are with people,
what you say and how you do things
is more important than what you are imagining.

The beliefs you hold only shape your reality
as far as you are willing to believe them
your core values are really at stake here
when you realize you still have them

For every moment is guided by something
and there is a presence within us all
our True Nature that wants to emerge
the longing so deeply buried within.

So while you might want to threaten me
with your ploys of dark energy
know that the Buddhas know their way well

I tell you that nothing is lost in the universe,Buddhist Park
indeed for much also has her teaching
and understand me

Sister you are not anything good at all
in your unwillingness to show up

For Love is really freedom you see,
and love hides nothing in its wakeful state
Love is innocent and playful and grace
and love really brings healing to all.
Love really knows how to face everything,
and names things when its time do so

When you can not bow down to real love
when you need to use your teacher to see
that you are really that small
and that power of the Buddhas is One.

So this game ends right here,
in the conscious balanced way
that power needs to be re-established by all
and not given to just one teacher

I will not go your way, I am not a Hindu you see,
I am not a Muslim, or Christian, or Sikh
I am a Queen of my own human life

Sharing with people who are longing to live in peace
For while we are trying to figure it out
The answer always has been here you see
in your Buddha Nature and in your heart.

In Oneness Sangha unites and its True
in Oneness we are all whole and home
the Three Jewels are always with you
and I pray you realize your way.

I recognize you, seeking to uncover your Buddha Essence
because you are one with it since the beginning-less time
in the heart of the Buddha and in your own heart.

In One Love, not in merging
we discover the essence of emptiness
not separate from luminosity.
We awaken.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo


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Dzogchen Feelings & Emotions Mahamudra Meditation

Understanding emotions

Disturbing emotions.

They happen to us all. Practice of meditation allows us to really understand the nature of our mind and to rest in emptiness. The more time and sincere effort we place on our practice more we get to experience the natural fruits of emptiness.

Every once in a while we face a disturbing event in life, may be we hear something on the news, or we read something in the paper. We discover that the natural compassion we have moves us towards helping those who are in need. When we are unable to help someone we experience suffering, and as a result of that difficult emotions.

There may be other occasions when we experience negative emotions, and it is good to know how to handle the challenges of emotional attachment.

Whether female or male it is important to understand our essential True nature as emptiness. Once we understand that, we can then appropriately direct our energy when dealing with disturbing emotions and suffering present.

Feelings are part of our life, being human means feeling many things throughout a day. A deep capacity to feel and be in touch with life, allows us to cultivate sensitivity to life’s issues and approach them with greater care and compassion.

Feelings are meant to be experienced and we need to learn to channel the energy of our emotions appropriately. A feeling of Love and Joy that we have in our hearts towards our family needs to be expressed and shared. It is a shared fuel that allows us to continue to grow and work together.

Disturbing emotions serve as tools to point us in the right direction.

We can see that throughout history emotions have also been used to manipulate and distort people. Inappropriate use of shame and guilt in certain cultures makes people feel timid and disempowered. When these feelings arise out of natural mind they point the practitioner to what needs to be corrected in a simple and graceful way.

We have to remember that it is our attachment and aversion to feelings and emotions that creates these problems and disturbances.

For example when we see injustice in the world, like abuse and violence done on women, instead of fighting back we can use this fire of crossed boundaries into bridging gaps that are lacking in education, and creating appropriate places to help women. We can teach women educated means to defend themselves without the use of violence, we can educate and show people ways and practical tools to relate most of all appropriately with their own body and with the bodies of other people.

We need to understand that due to karmic causes some people naturally are more inclined towards peace and others struggle with this. Compassion and Buddha Nature is an inborn quality of every human being.

When dealing with disturbing emotions we need to learn to understand that the emotional reaction and behaviour of people has to do with their capacity to rest in emptiness, and understand their own mental patterns.

Compassion is what arrises out of natural mind/emptiness. It leads to right action and naturally dissolves conflicts.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo

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Daily Life Dzogchen Life & Death Vajrayana

Essence of Vajrayana

When I begun to practice Buddhism I was drawn a great deal to Padmasambhava. The great Vajradhara of Tibet with his Khatvanga, fabulous boots and unique moustache made a huge impression on me as a woman. He was not an ordinary white lotus sitting Buddha. He was a powerful Buddha with a very unique eye on the world, with a huge retinue of what appeared to a lay-person as demons and monsters and magical abilities.

‘I am never far from those with faith,

or even those without it

Though they do not see me.

My children will Always

Always, be protected by my Compassion’

– Padmasambhava

The magical and secret wisdom as well as deep compassion and love is what drew me deeply into Vajrayana, a Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, promises enlightenment in one life time with a solid practice. Today as a Tara I can tell you that following your own intuitive wisdom into spiritual practice is very rewarding, but not easy.

Vajrayana is mostly focused on esoteric wisdom, dream yoga, and what we would call in the western world – embodiment practices. Through the use of purification practices, mantras, mandalas, healing sounds, meditations (Mahamudra, Dzogchen), visualizations we aim to experience śūnyatā (emptiness) and realize the True Nature or reality as luminosity not separate from emptiness.

For most part when I was teaching yoga in the west I discovered that for the lay westerner, introduction of meditation is the means to help relieve stress, develop a more sincere and authentic connection within one’s community and to improve one’s productivity.

For some this is the end as well. For others meditation practice and improved well being is a new doorway into a world of mystical wisdom, greater compassion and more profound knowledge. For the Buddhists it is a way of life and an understanding that ALL of Life is suffering.

What is very enjoyable about Vajrayana, and what I say to my students is that Vajrayana doesn’t stop. It is never-ending. We practice Vajrayana all the time, and then Vajrayana practices us.

We develop a personal relationship with the Buddha Dharma. The Dharma (one of the three jewels) is an entity and having a good relationship with the Dharma is essential to success of a practitioner. As devoted, or respectful you are to a teacher, and as important as it is to your success, the relationship you have with the Buddha Dharma is more significant to your enlightenment.

It is said that each one of us who is practicing is able to not only reach enlightenment but to also elevate and liberate all other beings. The Buddha Nature lives within all human beings. This is why it is a great gift to have a human life, intelligence, and means to practice.

Most students will like to have a Yidam deity, whether it is Padmasambhava, Green Tara, Manjushri, a protector deity, Avalokiteshwara, VajraYogini, Machig Lapdron, and others.

The practitioner gets to develop a relationship with the essence energy of the yidam deity. Some become those deities during a lifetime, and commit to return in subsequent lives to help liberate sentient beings. This is the way of Vajrayana to purify the obscurations and help resolve inner conflicts so to become a bodhisattva that returns.

A bodhisattva is dedicated to awakening and empowering realization in human beings. A bodhisattva is not an all-giving-provider. Bodhisattva will give you what a bodhisattva can give you, and what they can not give the practitioner must figure that out for themselves.

It is a great practice to remember that not only it is essential to be in the time of regular practice, but to embody the practice in day to day life. To eat, dance, work, play, work, make-love and live in EVERYTHING as the deity you have chosen. Vajrayana is not a part time work, you do for some time once a day. Vajrayana is something that you do/are everyday and every night. This way we get to have not only more fun, we get to experience emptiness further and increase our compassion towards ourselves, our condition and all other sentient beings.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo


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Buddhism Daily Life Dzogchen The 4 Noble Truths

It matters what you believe

When we are in touch with the reality of impermanence then we know that at some point everything will come to pass. This includes our lives, and the lives of those who we care about. The connection to impermanence is an important clue on our human journey. We can realize then, what are the most important things to us. In this inner value we bond with others who share similar views. This is a gift of reciprocity with life that allows us to focus our attention on serving each other rather than destroying each other and our planet.

Impermanence is something that we do not like to hear about in the occidental world. By most part everyone is focused on maintaining status quo. The lay-person’s status quo allows for feeling of false security and deepens our connection with samsara. When we examine this illusion we can see it is based in fear.

Realizing samsara in our everyday life is the first thing in understanding the core of Buddhism; The 4 Noble Truths. Whether we are happy, indifferent or unhappy we are always suffering. Our attachment, aversion, ignorance, inauthenticity and inability to face reality is what causes our suffering.

When we begin to practice the dharma something fundamentally begins to shift inside of us. We begin to realize our nature. Our nature has an opportunity to be unobscured by the conditioning. It is empty. These moments of emptiness deepen with practice, both on and off the cushion. Each moment when we connect with our unobscured nature we can realize the precious gift that it is to practice the dharma and share life in a compassionate way.

It is a blessing to find, learn from, and remain connected with a great teacher. The right teacher is like a torch of light in the midst of our confusion unraveling itself. The teacher has compassion, wisdom and skills to guide us in an appropriate way. Each student is unique and different and at various levels of their journey towards realization. The goal of the practice is realization.

For some people it is very painful to be aware. When we connect with our true nature we can train ourselves to practice awareness and mindfulness. Everyone who is intelligent to practice the dharma has an intrinsic understanding of awareness and mindfulness. In this way we can enter into a relationship with our mind and start contemplation and meditation, we can begin to make a noticeable change in our lives and help to improve the lives of others.

Our approach to mind is crucial. We need to understand our mind deeply. What we believe matters a lot. A non-believer is also a believer of a kind. A belief is a set value within a person. It is a value that can be altered and it can be deepened or discarded. Beliefs form after certain reinforcements have been put in place. The way our beliefs reinforce themselves and why they differ from person to person has to do with our karma and conditions of our life. Our individual karma is what makes us so unique on the human level.

Our beliefs shape the way we relate with the world around. Our nature is empty and has no beliefs, yet our karmic causes and circumstances make us uniquely who we are, the way we move in this world is affected by what we believe.

How we treat our mind is very essential to leading a good life. A daily discipline is what allows us to shift habitual thinking patterns, beliefs and gives us a deeper sense of meaning to the daily life. It brings us in touch with what is real, what we value and lets us find the middle path in the midst of projections and those who ask for change but don’t want to change themselves.

Rev. Dr. Sonam Wangmo