dzogchen ponlop rinpoche

  • Rebel Buddha—Making Meaningful Connections Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha:"We're often quick to label people as being either spiritual or worldly types. People on the street are as likely to do this as meditators in shrine rooms; moreover, culturally traditional presentations of the dharma can serve to support this sense of contrast. However, such sharp distinctions actually close the window of opportunity to communicate with others. The moment we label someone as worldly and they, in turn, label us as spiritual, our communication stops right there, along with any possibility of developing a deeper relationship. More »
  • Rebel Buddha—Getting together with your mind Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha:"Whatever method you use, meditation is simply getting to know your mind. It's not about meditating "on" something or getting into a zone where you're blissfully removed from your mind's contents. Instead, the actual meaning of meditation is more like getting used to being with your own mind. Earlier, we talked about not knowing our mind—mind as the stranger in your neighborhood. Now we can look at how we can change this relationship. More »
  • Rebel Buddha—Don't mistake Buddhist cultures for the wisdom itself Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha:"Since we're only in the beginning stages of developing a genuinely Western tradition of Buddhism, naturally we still need to rely on the cultures that are already old hands at this. They have much to teach us, but we must not be naive about it. We shouldn't mistake their cultures for the wisdom itself. We shouldn't regard any particular form as sacrosanct. More »
  • Rebel Buddha—The Mind As a Stranger Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha: More »
  • Rebel Buddha—Spirituality vs. Religion Paid Member

    During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here. From Rebel Buddha:"We often mix together spirituality and religion as if they were one thing. But this doesn't quite work. A spiritual path can exist within or outside a religious context. Religion and spirituality can be complementary or separate practices and experiences. A spiritual path is an inner journey that begins with questions about who we are, and about the nature and meaning of our existence. It's naturally a process of introspection and contemplation. More »