Archive for September, 2011

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Hello again and welcome to the Summer 2011 Newsletter!  Summer is starting to wind down, and this edition of the newsletter focuses on a few of the great Dharma events that happened this summer in LA and across North America.  Geshe Michael continues to travel the world, reaching out and inspiring audiences of all ages [...]

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Letter from the Editor

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Welcome to the summer edition of the Mahasukha newsletter, and for those of you that had the good fortune to attend the Great Retreat Teachings at Diamond Mountain, welcome back!  Thank you to all of the teachers and volunteers for making these amazing, truly unprecedented, teachings available.  Dear lamas, please stay.
After hearing the teachings from [...]

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Teaching Spotlight: The Perfection of Giving

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

One of the main teachings given at this year’s Enlightened Rest Retreat in LA focused on the Six Perfections.  During a two hour teaching, Lama Mira Kingsley focused on the perfection dearest to her heart, the Perfection of Giving.  Before delving into the ways one can work with generosity for the sake of all living [...]

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The Monk who Gave Away Millions

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The following story featuring our very own Geshe Michael Roach was published in Canada’s leading newspaper the Toronto Star on June 17, 2011.  The original article by Catherine Porter can be viewed at http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1011023–porter-the-monk-who-gave-away-millions
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I sat at the feet of a Buddhist monk this week.
He told me if I was looking for companionship — i.e., a [...]

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Lady Niguma’s Yoga Explained

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Submitted by Rhondda Smiley
On June 18 in Toronto, Geshe Michael Roach taught the Lady Niguma’s Yoga series, who Lady Niguma was, and how this yoga works. My husband Alan Madsen and 9 year old daughter India Madsen attended with me. Here’s what India had to say about the workshop.
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Rhondda Smiley: Why did you go to [...]

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On the Road with Claire and Darin

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Here is the second installment of the feature following Mahasukha’s road warriors Claire and Darin.  This summer has seen them teaching on the lovely island of Hawaii, in the suburbs of London, England, as well as in my hometown of Chicago, IL.  Here in the Windy City they gave two public lectures at the Moksha [...]

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10 Mindful Ways to Use Social Media

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Lori Deschene’s article was originally published on the Tricycle website, and was brought to my attention by both my husband and Rhondda Smiley.  As someone who was once obsessed with Facebook, I found this really helpful in changing my relationship with my iPhone.  See http://www.tricycle.com/community/discuss-10-mindful-ways-use-social-media for the original article and reader comments.
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For the last two [...]

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Quotables: Gandhi

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The greatness of Mahatma Gandhi is almost universally accepted.  This month’s quotables include a number of refrigerator magnet worthy quotes celebrating the power of peace and the wisdom inherent in morality.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“I object to violence because when it appears to do [...]

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In Appreciation: The Heroes of the Horseshoe 2 Fire

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The following poem is included here as a thank you to all of the firefighters that risked their lives in order to combat  the Horseshoe 2 Fire in the Chiricahua Mountains, home to Diamond Mountain.  The fire, which burned from May 8th to late June 2011, consumed over 200,000 acres before stopping at the boundaries [...]

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