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Virtual Stupa Walk

The summer of 2015, in upstate New York, the Migyur Dorje Stupa was finally completed at our retreat center.

I uploaded a new video to YouTube and now you can listen and meditate while visualizing yourself doing Korwa (circumambulations) around the stupa to generate a limitless supply of merit.


Guru Rinpoche states:

If there is a man who offered melody music to the great stupa, shall be able to propagate the sound of dharma throughout the ten directions.  If there is a man who offered drum and melody sounds, shall obtain vast wisdom and prosperity.  If there is a man who offer the sound of bell, shall obtain a soft and harmonious voice, which is the voice of brahma.” — The Legend of Maha Buddha Stupa

From the book “Crystal Mirror 12” by author Elizabeth Cook states:

  1. Whoever offers prayers finds immediate fulfillment of his wishes for both himself and others.
  2. Whoever offers flowers to the Great Stupa obtains ease and contentment, prosperity and health.
  3. Whoever offers incense achieves pure action.
  4. Whoever offers lamps has the darkness of unknowing illuminated.
  5. Whoever offers perfume is freed from anxiety and suffering.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama states:

“It has long been the tradition that wherever the teachings of the Buddhas have been revered and practiced, communities of followers have built reliquary monuments known in Sanskrit as stupas and as chörtens in Tibetan.

And wherever they have been built, they have been regarded as sacred, for like religious images and scriptures, they represent aspects of enlightenment.”

The Sutra On The Merit of Bathing The Buddha states:

At that time, the World Honored One uttered these verses:

After my death
You will be able to honor my relics
Some will build stupas
Or images of the Tathágata.
At the place of the image or stupa,
One who anoints that spot of ground
With various incenses and flowers Scattering them over its surface
Uses pure, beautifully scented water
To pour onto the body of this image,
Offers it various flavorful drinks and foods,
Fully maintaining it with oblations,
Eulogizes the virtue of the Tathágata,
Which is endlessly difficult to conceive;
Through the wisdom of skillful means and the supernatural power of the Buddha
Such a one will quickly reach the other shore of Nirvana.
He will obtain the diamond body
Complete with the thirty-two marks of a great person
And the eighty minor signs of excellence.


Artist: Caitlin – Laxmi’s Dream
Song: Om Mani Padme Hum (track 5)

Video Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 13:


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theory of evolution

The Dalai Lama talks about several holes in the theory of evolution:


As to what might be the mechanism through which karma plays a causal role in the evolution of sentience, I find helpful some of the explanations given in the Vajrayana traditions, often referred to by modern writers as esoteric Buddhism.  According to the Guhyasamaja tantra, a principal tradition within Vajrayana Buddhism, at the most fundamental level, no absolute division can be made between mind and matter.

Matter in its subtlest form is prana, a vital energy which is inseparable from consciousness.  These two are different aspects of an indivisible reality.  Prana is the aspect of mobility, dynamism, and cohesion, while consciousness is the aspect of cognition and the capacity for reflective thinking.

“So according to the Guhyasamaja tantra, when a world system comes into being, we are witnessing the play of this energy and consciousness reality.”  — Dalai Lama

Despite the success of the Darwinian narrative, I do not believe that all the elements of the story are in place.

“To begin with, although Darwin’s theory gives a coherent account of the development of life on this planet and the various principles underlying it, such as natural selection, I am not persuaded that it answers the fundamental question of the origin of life.”  — Dalai Lama

Darwin himself, I gather, did not see this as an issue.  Furthermore, there appears to be a certain circularity in the notion of “survival of the fittest.”  The theory of natural selection maintains that, of the random mutations that occur in the genes of a given species, those that promote the greatest chance of survival are most likely to succeed.

However, the only way this hypothesis can be verified is to observe the characteristics of those mutations that have survived.  So in a sense, we are stating simply this: “Because these genetic mutations have survived, they are the ones that had the greatest chance of survival.”

From the Buddhist perspective, the idea of these mutations being purely random events is deeply unsatisfying for a theory that purports to explain the origin of life.

“One empirical problem in Darwinism’s focus on the competitive survival of individuals, which is defined in terms of an organism’s struggle for individual reproductive success, has consistently been how to explain altruism, whether in the sense of collaborative behavior, such as food sharing or conflict resolution among animals like chimpanzees or acts of self-sacrifice.” — Dalai Lama

There are many examples, not only among human beings but among other species as well, of individuals who put themselves in danger to save others.

From the scientific view, the theory of karma may be a metaphysical assumption–but it is no more so than the assumption that all of life is material and originated out of pure chance.

From The Universe in a Single Atom: Convergence of Science and Spirituality by H.H. the Dalai Lama

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meaning of life

Dalai Lama skiing
The Dalai Lama on a chairlift in the mountains of New Mexico, April 1991.

As we finished, a young waitress with tangled, dirty-blond hair and a beaded headband began clearing our table.  She stopped to listen to the conversation and finally sat down, abandoning her work.  After a while, when there was a pause, she spoke to the Dalai Lama.  “You didn’t like your cookie?”

“Not hungry, thank you.”

“Can I, um, ask a question?”


She spoke with complete seriousness.  “What is the meaning of life?”

In my entire week with the Dalai Lama, every conceivable question had been asked—except this one.  People had been afraid to ask the one—the really big—question.  There was a brief, stunned silence at the table.

The Dalai Lama answered immediately.  “The meaning of life is happiness.”  He raised his finger, leaning forward, focusing on her as if she were the only person in the world.  “Hard question is not, ‘What is meaning of life?’  That is easy question to answer!  No, hard question is what make happiness.  Money?  Big house?  Accomplishment?  Friends?  Or …”

He paused.  “Compassion and good heart?”

This is question all human beings must try to answer:  “What make true happiness?”  He gave this last question a peculiar emphasis and then fell silent, gazing at her with a smile.

For the whole article click here:  The Dalai Lama’s Ski Trip

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The Maratika cave

Maratika Cave and Maratika Monastery are located in Khotang District of Nepal near Mt. Everest.  Known as Haleshi in the local language it is approximately 185 km south-west of Mount Everest.  It is a special place associated with Guru Padmasambhava and long life.

History of Maratika cave:

Guru Padmasambhava, while in the Kingdom of Zahor, met his consort Princess Mandarava who possessed all the marks of a dakini.  The Guru gave teachings and initiations to Mandarava.  Dakinis appeared in the sky and took Guru Padma-sambhava to Maratika.  Mandarava unable to tolerate palace life without the Guru ran away.  Hopelessly lost she prayed to Guru Padmasambhava who manifested and took Mandarava to Maratika.

“Due to the accumulation of white virtue, just through seeing, hearing, remembering and touching this place, the two obscurations of beings will be quickly purified, one will be looked after by the all knowing one, the Great Master Padmasambhava from Urgyen, and easily attain the state of omniscience.” — His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Bodhisattva Avaloketesvara and the Dakini Sangwa Yeshe gave long life teachings to the Guru and Mandarava.  After practicing for ninety days the Buddha Amitayus appeared in the sky and gave initiation to the Guru and Mandarava.  They had attained the Vidyadhara of longevity.

This is the cave where Guru Rinpoche attained the level of a “Vidyadhara with power over life” through his practice with the consort Mandarava.


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Root of nervous system damage

When I look at the root cause of the deep pain within the psyche of modern man there are two aspects.  The first is based on our relative condition and the other on our ultimate condition.  Within the relative condition, suffering can stem from myriad forms of abuse or trauma while growing up.  On the other hand, Tibetan Buddhism focuses mostly on the ultimate cause of our suffering – the fundamental ignorance of our true nature.  To perceive that directly is the ultimate goal and once discovered all of our personal problems melt away in an instant.

In the world today, it seems to me that most healers have been soft-spoken about this touchy subject of circumcision.  When we ask, “What is the root cause of nervous system damage?” we can find a definite answer.

Whenever anybody receives such serious pain or trauma, then that being energetically contracts in on itself as a way of protecting and creating a wall of psychological armor.

Our society seems to be degenerating at a rapid rate and we can more easily see young people gaining an abnormal amount of weight or having to take pills to cope with anxiety and mental disorders.  Whether the problem is physical, mental, or emotional in nature one has to come up with a strategy to protect their family and the generations to come.

One of the most horrendous ordeals a male infant will face coming into the world is circumcision.  For an infant, it is neither appropriate nor consensual.  He will live most of his life not even knowing consciously there is anything wrong with him.  I remember the Dalai Lama being bewildered that westerners have a common disposition of self-hatred.  If this is unheard of in his part of the world then we need to take a closer look at what we are doing to ourselves in the West.

In the past, circumcision was mainly an old Judaic or tribal ritual that was done as a rite of passage for boys ages twelve to eighteen.  But somehow, starting in the last century, based on Victorian puritan principles, it became something that modern medical began performing this surgery on the newborn infants.  Any type of pain or trauma done at such an early age will be stored in the subconscious and leave “scars” on the psyche for a lifetime or until it is handled properly with full awareness.  If the feelings and signals the nerves send from the body to the mind are not working properly then a type of self-hatred begins to develop.  At most this is an unconscious feeling to males, but for others they begin to see traces of misogyny or hatred and mistrust of women.  Others just go through life never seeing their patterns of behavior because they have nothing to compare it with.

If there is an objection to all this as nonsense and this is just what we do in name of religion then we should look to what the bible itself says:

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” — Galatians 5:6

If there is an objection to this on grounds for health reasons, then we must look at the reality of it.  Is it better to suffer a lifetime of not being able to connect to a woman with a natural, gentle heart or take a little extra time to be mindful of proper hygienic procedures?

There was a movie years ago that came out titled: “Kinsey” starring Liam Neeson.  Professor Alfred Kinsey went to great lengths to research normal and abnormal sexual behavior.  At the end of the movie he circumcised himself as an adult and felt it was such an utter, foolish thing to do.  I also remember hearing a story about a male who was circumcised as an adult and he described it as he “went from driving a Cadillac to driving a Pontiac.”  Clearly he was dissatisfied.  On the NOHARMM website it has been stated by Neuroanatomist Dr. Ashley Montagu that:

“Infant circumcision likely deprives the adult male of about 240 feet (73.2m) of nerves and over 1,000 nerve endings.  Since Dr. Taylor’s research suggests that the foreskin is more densely nerve-laden than ‘normal’ skin, a circumcised man likely loses many times more than 1,000 nerve endings.”

The reality of it is, that once the nerve endings are removed there is a loss of ability for the energetic pathways to reach the heart and brain.  This being the number one complaint of ALL women…that men are cold and distant.  Go figure why men can’t go beyond the physical aspect and get obsessed or fixated on one thing.  There is so much suffering going on.  Let’s not make it worse for the next generation.  We must be aware not to pass on a lifetime’s suffering by blindly allowing such a barbaric ritual to be performed on our beloved children.

Spiritual Remedy:

On the bright side, no matter what has happened in the past there is always a solution or remedy.

  • The Shing-Chi 9 empowerment from a Reiki Tummo master at the ‘meditation and kundalini’ seminar was very powerful.
  • The other more profound healing came from a one-month retreat practicing the Tibetan Trulkor exercises.

With the Shing-Chi 9 empowerment it felt like the back heart-chakra opened up and I felt like a Man.  This is very encouraging as this is one sure way to restore our maleness and have a semblance of feeling whole again.  Lastly, with the Tibetan Trulkor exercises, the majority of my “psychological armor” was removed for good.


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The Barbara Brennan School

Barbara Brennan offers a generous amount of information that ties psychological patterns of disease in relation to physical wellness and healing.  She is a true pioneer in her field.

With mental imbalance on the rise, it is certainly possible that a fracturing of the nervous-system (scientific term) or its chakras/channels (spiritual term) can lead to a personality disorder such as Bipolar, ADD, OCD, Autism and even Morgellons syndrome.

It is true that the body can affect the mind.  It is also true that the mind can affect the body in ways we are only beginning to realize.  When you understand this principle you can apply the appropriate antidote as you learn how the body-mind works interdependently.

The Barbara Brennan School of Healing is a formal reiki healing-session that goes way beyond the traditional form of reiki.  The fact that it often lasts for 1.5 hours which is forty-five minutes longer than other forms of reiki is an added bonus.  There are three things that make this therapy stand out from all the others:

  • The First thing that makes this healing modality unique is you have information to healing your core psychological issues.
  • Second, you have a method that you can work at to strengthen your hara-line for aligning you with your life purpose.
  • Third, you are taught a specific meditation to heal and improve the function of the core star, soul seat, and lower tan tien.

These meditations will help GROUND you to come into the body rather than being dissociated or disconnected from life.  Due to any form of traumatic incident, we often “leave” the body out of fear or pain.  Psychologically speaking, this pattern of being dissociated means we are not in the present – here and now.  More often than not, the pain has left its mark in childhood and surfaces more apparently in adult life.

The Hara Line:

In regards to the hara-line, which is only briefly talked about in martial arts, we come to know that adjusting it properly will align you with your life purpose.  The hara-line is discussed in depth in Barbara Brenna’s books.  The exercise that follows will help you to perceive if your hara line has any distortions or damage.

I remember reading a book by the Dalai Lama saying if you press the spot, four finger widths below your navel, you should feel heat and bliss.  Hold that for a few minutes and breathe gently, in order to discern what affects this has all over your body.  This is a very important point in your body.  It is often referred to as the lower tan-tien

To use a computer analogy, our nervous system is not “online” until the hara line is up and functioning properly.

This is a quick test to tell if your nervous system is functioning properly.  I would say that if you feel an absence of heat or bliss then you have some work to do. Sometimes you may press that spot and feel pain in other areas of the body.  What that means is our whole body is interconnected with other parts of the body in an intricate web-like fashion.  It is interesting to note that with the ‘push of a button’ you can determine the health of your body-mind system.


Furthermore, if you are fortunate enough to find a qualified lama to empower you to practice Tsa-Lung (yogic exercises for the channels and winds) then healing can move into something much deeper and progress will become swifter.  Within the tsa-lung system there are movement exercises called Yantra Yoga (Sanskrit) or Trulkor (Tibetan) which will help you achieve the quickest and most thorough way to heal your nervous system.

As you dive deeper into Tibetan Buddhism (supervised by a qualified Lama) and complete a Tsa-Lung retreat for a month, it will help you break apart the psychological armor that you have been carrying with you all your life.

In the meantime, it would be wise to investigate the Barbara Brennan School of Healing for those with a serious physical trauma, mental imbalance, or core abuse issue you would like to get a handle on.


I’ve gone through about eight months worth of this type of healing on a weekly basis.  It was definitely worth visiting a Barbara Brennan Healer once a week to learn about the many facets of our psyche.  If you are serious about having a stable, healthy state of mind then check out the two books she wrote.  The first book is Hands of Light and her other book is Light Emerging.

As one Barbara Brennan Healer put it nicely:

“When people connect to this Core essence aspect of themselves they stop participating in negative patterns and stop putting up with abusive or destructive behavior.  Old situations transform into new ones.  Sicknesses heal.  People heal cancer, auto-immune disorders, thyroid problems, heart problems, digestive disorders and more.”

The first book is a must have.  Both books are well written and explain a path towards health with such in-depth information and illustrations that you can put it to good use for becoming whole.  Since the school has grown internationally, it should be easy for anyone to find a practitioner to work with no matter where you live.

Three important meditations:

For immediate information on how to perform these meditations for more advanced healing purposes click these links:

  1. The Core Star meditation to ground and expand your energy
  2. The Hara Line meditation to ground and align you with your true purpose
  3. The Soul Seat meditation to develop this compassion and inner peace center

The website above is not a substitute for working directly with a healing practitioner or reading her books which will give you much more exact and detailed information.  At the very least, it is something you can start with right away if you are inclined to do so.

Hope that helps!


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