Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on Happiness Paid Member

    From chapter 3 of our current Tricycle Retreat leader Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's new book, Into the Heart of Life, More »
  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on Karma Paid Member

    From chapter 2 of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's new book, Into the Heart of Life, Let us explore the nature of karma, because I think karma is quite misunderstood in the West. There are various understandings in different religious traditions of the meaning of karma, but here we'll examine the Buddhist understanding of the term. Actually, the word karma in Sanskrit means "action." It also means "work." All actions we undertake not only with our body but with our speech and with our mind are expressions of karma. It's the action part that counts, not the result. More »
  • The Art of Being Human Paid Member

    Everybody wants praise and nobody wants blame. Everybody wants to be thought of well and nobody wants to be thought of poorly. These characteristic human concerns preoccupy us daily and can cause a lot of anxiety and confusion. But Buddhist teachings tell us this doesn't have to be so.At this week's Tricycle Retreat, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo teaches on the "Eight Worldly Concerns," the cause of so much of our suffering, and how to find liberation from them. The Eight Worldly Concerns, as taught by Jetsunma, are: Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Good Reputation and Bad Reputation, and Pleasure and Pain.While the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the Eight Worldly Concerns are centuries old, they are as as useful now as they were back then. In this week's talk, Jetsunma explains: More »
  • This Week in Retreat: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on Letting Go Paid Member

    This week, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo teaches on Gain and Loss (everyone wants the former, nobody, the latter), two of the "Eight Worldly Concerns." Plenty of discussion follows.  One participant writes, Your teachings are so clear and understandable to me. Thank you so very much for them! I suffer the most from my anticipation of loss...particularly the loss of my partner/spouse who is 14 yrs. older than I am. I know cognitively that what I am doing is causing me great suffering. I know I "ought" to let go of the anticipatory fear of losing her, but it's the continuous turning of the wheel of suffering anyhow. Is there a secret practice in the "how to" of letting go? I guess I would like to know how you worked with attachment/aversion on your own path. Thank you Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. More »
  • Gender Inequality in Buddhism Paid Member

    In Week 1 of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's ongoing Tricycle Retreat a participant writes, I look forward to a peer woman teacher; I have had many wonderful experiences with male teachers, but there is something more for me w/ a contemporary, Western, woman. To which Jetsunma responds, Of course inherently there is no male or female, but nonetheless on a relative level the female voice has been conspicuous by its absence in the Buddhist world through the centuries. Perhaps this gradual redress of the gender balance is one of the contributions that the West is making—along with contemporary Asia—to the richness of the Dharma in modern times. Another participant writes, More »
  • Into the Heart of Life Paid Member

    Our inherent nature is filled with wisdom, love, and power. We already have all these qualities as our birthright but somehow they are locked away and we seem to have mislaid the key. We need to develop trust in our own abilities and innate understanding. Often in our hearts we know what we should do—but we lack the courage to act on this knowledge. But like anything else, this trust develops gradually with practice and slowly transforms into clear practical wisdom-Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, from the Week 1 discussion of her Tricycle Retreat More »