Tricycle Retreats

  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • We think we are who we think we are Paid Member

    From the Week 1 talk of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Tricycle Retreat on the Eight Wordly Concerns, which Jetsunma lists as gain and loss, praise and blame, good reputation and bad reputation, and pleasure and pain. Why would one work without the Eight Worldly Concerns? Jetsunma explains, From a Buddhist point of view, our basic problem is that we don't know who we really are and we identify with all the wrong things. We "think we are who we THINK we are." If I say to you, who are you? You will start by giving your name and whatever it is you identify with. What do we identify with? We identify with our gender, our nationality, our social group, our educational level, our profession, our role as a husband or wife or mother or daughter or brother. We have many roles we play depending on the circumstance. We hold onto these roles. More »
  • Tricycle Retreats: The Eight Worldly Concerns Paid Member

    Tricycle Retreats: The Eight Worldly ConcernsToday we begin Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Tricycle Retreat. A renowned nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Jetsunma will lead us on a study of the Eight Worldly Concerns—which we might also call the eight anxieties or "hang-ups." Jetsunma lists them as gain and loss, praise and blame, good reputation and bad reputation, and pleasure and pain. Overcoming our anxieties about these worldly concerns liberates tremendous amounts of energy for finding our true purpose in life, and our innate perfection. More »