No doubt about it, it’s not easy being vulnerable. And yet that’s one of the best ways for us to grow trust in our relationships. When’s the last time you told your colleagues (or friends, or family) how you are truly feeling?
In this vision setting blog post, Doug & Catherine Sensei, invite their students and spiritual community to join them on a path of Awakening in Action. They explain why and how our approaches to practicing Dharma must adapt to the times to continue to be effective for liberation. They articulate a path that encompasses sangha, karma yoga, dharma training and dana as vital components for speedy unfoldment, in the context of our busy modern lives.
What does it mean to be a student? What does it mean to be a teacher? Doug Duncan Sensei shares his personal experience with his teacher Namgyal Rinpoche, and the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship today.
Just 10 years ago this teaching was more focused around meditation and individual therapy, and more yogic, that is, dependent on the student-teacher relationships wherever in the world that might be happening. We’ve seen our focus shift to embracing sangha-centered karma yoga and dharma training as key elements of our path.
We use astrology to better understand our self, our conditioning, our strengths and weaknesses, and potential. We leverage all of that through a dharmic lens, to get over our egocentricity and to be of better service to others and the planet. This inevitably alleviates suffering, our own as well as others, one of the fundamental “goals” of Buddhadharma.
In our particular spiritual tradition, the keys to success for karma yoga revolve around staying aware in the present moment, and cultivating the bodhisattva vow: dedicating all of our efforts for the benefit of all beings.
The ongoing, mapped process of awakening is the ultimate spiritual healing. With awakening, the self is transcended, and thus the troubles of the self, of “me,” “my troubles,” are healed. Though any organism is inherently subject to decay and death, the process of awakening also includes actual physical healing. The agent of the healing is […]