Category Archives: zz Patrul Rinpoche

What makes an authentic spiritual teacher?

How do you know if a teacher is trustworthy and genuine? This is a question I have reflected on quite a lot in the last few months. I thought this would be a good theme to conclude the series of … Continue reading

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Devotion

In my last posts I have been writing about how to find lasting happiness. Ultimately it can only be found if we recognize the nature of mind but on a relative level the practices of meditation, compassion and devotion can … Continue reading

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How to change my mind

Over the last week and a half we have moved to a new house. It was a busy and stressful time and I didn’t manage to practice much or post on my blog. We are settling into our new home … Continue reading

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What is this “one thing” we must never forget?

My last post had a quote by Rumi which said “there is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten.” For me this immediately brought up the question, “So what is this one thing?” Often questions like this … Continue reading

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Two of my favorite Dharma books

There is a nice Dharma group nearby.  Sandra and I joined the group for meditation and study last week. The participants are just beginning to study a Dzogchen text.  We didn’t feel it is appropriate to study this text with … Continue reading

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A New Year – a new beginning

For Tibetans, the main festival of the year is the New Year, which is like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and your birthday all rolled into one. Patrul Rinpoche was a great master whose life was full of eccentric episodes that would … Continue reading

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Waking up my stubborn mind

When I wake up in the morning, my mind is usually very groggy and dull and this makes it a good challenge to think of the Dharma. I try to say to myself “How lucky you are to be alive … Continue reading

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