Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Aspiration for American Buddhism

What would be the key ingredient to a “melting pot” of American Buddhism — one Buddhism, rather than many? How can students of different Buddhist traditions help and support each other on the road to freedom?

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Aspirations for the Coming Year

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We’ve made lots of new friends and had so many interesting conversations. Let’s keep it going! What are your aspirations as we approach a new year?

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Interdependence 101: How I Learned to Ask for Help

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How can I apply the Buddhist teachings about interdependence to my fear of asking for help? Am I a nuisance to others? How to examine the inner movies and hidden scripts that determine our beliefs about who we are.

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Seeing the Dharma Through Western Eyes

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There’s the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings, and there’s the Asian cultural form in which we learn about them. It’s not always easy to see which is which. But if we’re to evolve a Western Buddhism, we’ll have to take a closer look.

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Western Buddhism: Work in Progress

Where are we going as Western Buddhist practitioners? What would a North American Buddhism look and feel like?

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American Buddhism & Psychotherapy: Building an Intimate Partnership

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If one of the goals of Rebel Buddha is to have a true merging of ancient wisdom with the modern world, how can we not talk about psychotherapy? How can American dharma students learn from American psychotherapists to create healthy and sustainable communities?

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The Tour Rolls to a Close in Seattle

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Juli Goetz Morser reports on the conclusion of the Rebel Buddha Tour with Dzogchen Ponlop and other Buddhist leaders in Seattle, WA on December 5.   Buddha dollar photo: Timothy Patterson. Tyler Dewar photo: Katia Roberts. All other photos: James Prouty

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Figuring it Out – Reflections on a Long Journey

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Where does the spiritual journey begin? When does it end? How can we stop war until we heal the anger in our own heart? On the road to freedom, how do I find my teacher?

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A Day of Inner Exploration in Boulder

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Psychotherapist Beth Patterson reports on the Rebel Buddha Tour event with Dzogchen Ponlop and other Buddhist leaders in Boulder, CO on Nov 27.   Photos: Boulder Theater – Brigitte Lause. Slideshow – Timothy Patterson.  All other photos -Jilli Bethany.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Sin

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What’s the use of the labels we place on others and on ourselves? Are our “politically correct” labels really better than any other labels or concepts? What would it be like if we let go of labeling our experiences?

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