Devotion Is The Key

A message from Phakchok Rinpoche this Guru Rinpoche day: Dear All Near and Far, I hope you have all been happy and healthy. I’m writing to you all from Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Monastery where at present we are performing the annual Tsekar (White Amitayus/Buddha of Longevity) Drupchen (great accomplishment), a nine...

Kindness Towards Evil People

It’s official. Our old property manager ‘Betty’ is an evil woman. I’ve not even slept for six hours after a twelve hour drive from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California with four cats in the back of a Ford Focus and she’s sprayed the back...

The Usefulness of Sang

In Buddhism, a type of incense known as ‘Sang’ is traditionally offered to the Four Guests while praying, whenever commencing an important task. Sang is special herbs mixed with certain foods and when burned creates a fragrant, perfumed smoke. There are different types of Sang...

The Tale Of Two Tall Buildings

Once upon a time in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, there sat facing each other a Chinese Society building and a Hindu temple. For many years they had peacefully co-existed. For those of you who don’t know, the country of Malaysia sustains a diverse culture, with a...