Contemplative Studies Program Blog
Lam Rim on the Road: A Visit to Doi Suthep Jan 16, 2022

Riding alone in the back of a songthaew, a pick-up truck taxi, feelings of red hot anger match the vehicle’s color. Righteous indignation flares in my mind; how dare the driver rip me off! Shame burns right alongside; it’s my own fault for getting in – I could have continued to...

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Lam Rim on the Road: Reflections on the Perfection of Generosity Dec 04, 2021

Dharma teachings sometimes happen in mysterious ways, masquerading as everyday occurrences or through the behavior of unlikely characters. Several years ago, while working with marginalized populations, a patient taught me a treasured lesson. I was caught off guard when they handed me a package,...

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Lam Rim on the Road Oct 05, 2021

Introduction to the Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery Service Project

In a hidden valley in the high Himalayas of north western Nepal, near the Tibetan border, a group of nuns preserve the practice of Tibetan Buddhism at Rachen Nunnery. Kathmandu is the nearest city, a mere 5 or 6-day trek away –...

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Buddhist Pilgrimage to Nepal & CSP Service Project Update Jul 30, 2021

Though we postponed our annual Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal and India due to the pandemic until October 2022, Miles offers his reflections on purification, collecting merit, and thinking of others in the meantime.

Miles also shares some exciting news about a very rare and auspicious pre-trip...

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