Notes on living during the time of COVID-19

Just read an interesting essay by Charles Eisenstein that left these words with me: “Seeing the world in us-versus-them terms blinds us to the reality that life and health happen in community.” As someone who has always tilted more toward introversion, I have not found it so difficult to isolate myself from others. And I … Continue 

Volunteers series: Ricky’s comeback – It still feels like home here

Ricky was a precious facility manager and an IT master of Dorje Denma Ling in the past. He left in July 2012 and still remembers circumstances: “It was in the middle of the Scorpion Seal program. A coffee machine got just broken, but I had to go, to get back to school”. (Broken machine during … Continue 

Meet Katherine and her Black Dragon

  Katherine Munro and her famous Black Dragon, well known to many of you. Katherine painted him in 1994 when she came to newly born Dorje Denma Ling to take Levels 3- 5. Great Eastern Sun office building was just a barn at that time and neither main shrine room, Pavilion nor Gyatso existed yet. … Continue 

Living at a Land Centre, and Why it Matters

Originally published on The Shambhala Times, May 21 2014.  The most beneficial thing I’ve ever done When I ask myself, “what has been helpful in my life” or “when was I really being transformed by the Shambhala teachings”, my mind immediately flashes to my time as a staff member at Dorje Denma Ling. I lived … Continue 

Rock Meets Bone

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on Living at a Land Centre During the Scorpion Seal retreats at Dorje Denma Ling in 2009 and 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche met with the staff community to express his appreciation for the efforts and spirit that were supporting the retreats. Here are few excerpts from his remarks: It’s when you are … Continue