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Mahamudra Please

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, November 2022

A reply to a student’s request for advanced meditation instruction. I sincerely wish for you to know Mahamudra. Perhaps I feel a greater sense of urgency about it than even you do yourself. You may wonder why I teach meditation when I travel abroad, but not to you here in the retreat centre. Well, truth […]

If You Find Such a Place

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat, Nepal, 24th January 2022

Today a Chinese nun came to see for advice about where to go for the dharma. She said since it seems like she doesn’t have the opportunity to stay here in the retreat centre, where could she go to get good opportunities for the dharma. I was stumped, I didn’t know what to say. The […]

Everyday Life is Buddhism

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, June 2021

The teachings of the Buddha relate to our everyday experience, the way we perceive life. This is true across the board, from the most basic teachings to teachings on the ultimate view. So of course this is true in our practice of the dharma too. Our practice must relate to what we see, hear and […]

The Freedom of Milarepa

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 5th December 2021

We shouldn’t bother wishing to be like the rich and famous. We probably have no idea of the trouble, anxiety and feelings of dissatisfaction that plague them. We should instead look up to and aspire to be like those who have control over their minds. When I was in Namo Buddha just now, I was […]

Moments of Clarity

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, October 2021

Here’s are some good questions you can ask yourself occasionally: What if everyone were like me? What would happen to my community if everyone had the same degree of care and concern for others as me? What would happen to the community if everyone offered the same amount of service as me? What would happen […]

Dharma Excursions

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, October 2021

A young child is happy to play with other children for a while but its heart lies with its mother. It is happy as long as its mother is in sight. Likewise, us modern day Buddhists are happy to play with the dharma for a while but our hearts lie with the world. We will […]

What Enslaves Us

Whatever we are attached to becomes our boss. Our desires enslave us.

A Reply to a Student

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, August 2021

Yesterday Olga requested some practice instructions. She said she gave up everything in order to come here and rely on me – her career, her status, her financial security and so on. So what I’ll say in reply is, ok, you gave up these things to come and train under my guidance, now on top […]

The Measure of our Practice

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, Summer 2021

Our normal way of being will show us how our practice is going, not how long we can sit on the cushion.

No Time for Anger

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 21st July 2021

Venerable Tashi came to see me today to confess that he had become angry at me for what he thought was me wasting his time. But, Venerable Tashi, you should know that if you had even a shred of a practitioner’s way of thinking, and are someone who is truly careful with their time, then […]

Study or meditation?

Teachings on the "Torch of Certainty", 2015

When people hear the word ‘Buddhism’, the first thing that comes to mind is probably meditation; they feel that meditation is the essence or the root of Buddhism. There is good reason for that but there is another perspective that is less common, which is that study is foremost in Buddhism. One of the many […]

The Liberation Stories of the Kagyu Masters – Day 14

Online Teaching from Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 14 June 2020

Question: If we truly want to follow the path of the Mahamudra in this life, is it possible to do this whilst engaging in an “ordinary life” with jobs, partners, houses and so on? Or, if we want to make the most of this precious human birth and follow the gift of dharma, do we […]

The Liberation Stories of the Kagyu Masters – Day 10

Online Teaching from Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 10 June 2020

When we hear that Tilopa received teaching directly from Vajradhara, it is difficult to understand. We think the three kayas of a buddha are different buddhas, teaching in different places at different times. But in reality it is not like this, it is simultaneous. What we perceive depends on our level, our perception. Those with […]

The Ways of Practitioners – Part 2

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 6 August 2020

Being a practitioner doesn’t mean that we go to a place with the intention to practise and do sessions. We’ve all come here to the retreat centre with that thought in mind, but that thought alone is not what makes someone a practitioner. A practitioner has a very special or unique way of thinking, which […]

Nurturing the Seed of Dharma

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 7th April 2020

Some who run dharma institutions feel that if their students or members were to direct all their time and effort to study and practice that there would not be enough people to look after the daily running of the centre. For example it has happened more than once, and in both the East and the […]