Is the West Ready for Tantra?

Is the West Ready for Tantra?

Tantric methods of transformation are among the most powerful means of spiritual practice ever devised. Tantra has the ability to radically transform a practitioner, and even bring about enlightenment in one lifetime. But anything that has this much power to help has...
The Lost Art of Contemplation

The Lost Art of Contemplation

This article was originally published in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (February 1, 2021). tricycle.org. Learning the art of contemplation will transform you from within. However, in the breakneck speed of this modern age, slowing down to contemplate and meditate is...
Pure Land Buddhism

Pure Land Buddhism

In a conversation with the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, I had the opportunity to discuss death and dying. In the Tibetan tradition, the teachings on this topic are vast, so I asked Rinpoche what should be emphasized in presenting this material to the West. His...
After Death States: The Bardos in Tibetan Buddhism

After Death States: The Bardos in Tibetan Buddhism

What are the Bardos? The central orienting view in the Tibetan tradition of “thanatology” (the study of death and dying) is that of the bardos.  This Tibetan word “Bardo” is translated as “gap, interval, intermediate state, transitional process, or in...