Author: Luna Kadampa

Based on 40 years' experience, I write about applying meditation and modern Buddhism to improve and transform our everyday lives and societies. I try to make it accessible to everyone anywhere who wants more inner peace and profound tools to help our world, not just Buddhists. Do make comments any time and I'll write you back!

Shortly after I first arrived in Colorado I was driving through the Rockies, nature at its finest, when out of nowhere arose an enormous apartment block. I thought I was dreaming (which I was, as always); but, as I kept driving, more and more incongruous city buildings towered above the road until it dawned on me that I’d stumbled into a casino town slap bang in the middle of the mountains. Its name, “Black Hawk”. Last week, on the way home from an unspoiled scenic drive with two delightfully enthusiastic guests, on a whim I decided to drive through Black…

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Happy New Year Everyone! Quick note: For any of you who may be seeing this blog for the first time, I occasionally write a reminder that it does not express the official views of the New Kadampa Tradition and never has. The articles share only my own experiences and understandings as a trainee. I am happy if this blog inspires you to seek out a Kadampa teacher and New Kadampa Tradition Center, if you are interested, or if it simply helps you a bit with your own spiritual path, whatever that may be 😍😇😊 I’m not actually up a mountain…

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This month many people are having the opportunity to do retreat at Kadampa Centers and temples around the world. To find out more, check out the official website for the New Kadampa Tradition: http://www.kadampa.org. The moment I stepped foot in the stunning IKRC temple last June, I felt very peaceful — the blessings palpable. As no one was around, I decided on impulse to do a thought experiment: could I make myself miserable and develop delusions while sitting in this Pure Land on earth? I gave it a good go – I tried to think of several depressing and annoying…

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Naimah Hassan lived an inspiring life and faced her final illness and death with strength. Amongst many things, she is a beautiful example of the power of Dharma and the significance of sharing it with others. I am very glad to have been her friend. I am going to share her life with you through the words of Steve and Kadam Holly, and with this last teaching that she gave from her nursing home bed. By Steve Epstein Every Tuesday night for many years Naimah Hassan taught a class she called “Reality Check” at Kadampa Meditation Center NYC. Naimah…

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 A house mate was telling me today how concerned he is about his younger brother, aged 22 – why? Because he is suffering from anxiety, along with a surprising number of his friends. A couple of weeks ago a mother told me that her child is also suffering from chronic anxiety, aged 15, as are many of his schoolmates, even in their affluent area. And yesterday another mother shared that her young daughter was already experiencing anxiety and, again, she is not alone, her friends are too: “What is going on? They are only 8!” (This child at least…

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The seventh way to foster resilience is to find a way to laugh at our own adversity. To see the absurdity and true nature of samsara and to take it less seriously or feel less threatened by it. “Samsara makes me laugh,” as Shariputra says. Carrying on from this article, Not an ordinary death. Use humor ““Humor can be very helpful during times of serious stress”, Charney said, pointing to research he and Southwick did with Vietnam prisoners of war.” I’ve spent a lot of time this past year or so with my parents, meeting numerous nurses, doctors, carers, and…

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By LK and two guest writers. Is it just me, or does whomever you talk to these days tell you about big problems in the area where they live? Someone was just telling me that LA was now a dry wasteland, for example (“perhaps we Californians have run out of good karma?”), and that the Bay Area is unrecognizable from when I lived there, “losing its soul” with the obscene gap between the haves and have nots. New Yorkers were telling me that apartment rent is going through the roof – you could finance an entire village for the same…

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(To read this article in English, click here: I am always with you.) El sábado 17 de septiembre de 2022, como anunció la oficina de la Nueva Tradición Kadampa, el venerable Gueshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoché pasó muy apaciblemente a la luz clara.  (Solo un recordatorio: estos artículos comparten mis opiniones personales o las de mis amigos sobre las cosas, NO los puntos de vista oficiales de la Nueva Tradición Kadampa. Para una lectura adicional, pronto se publicará una sección sobre el legado de Gueshela en la página oficial del sitio Kadampa.)  Ayer le pregunté a una amiga cómo se sentía,…

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I was just explaining to my 87-year-old dad (turning 88 on Sunday) that I hadn’t called him as promised with input into getting a new computer because I’ve been way too busy, so much to sort out! (Subtext: stop bugging me!) He quite reasonably replied that he understood, but that everyone has problems – UK family members are very worried about the raised interest rates impacting their ability to pay their mortgages, and “peace-loving Russians” are being sent off to fight people they don’t want to fight. Patricia has bad legs, although she still loves and cares so diligently…

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On Saturday September 17th 2022, as announced by the New Kadampa Tradition office, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche passed very peacefully into the clear light.  (Just a reminder — these articles share my own or friends’ personal opinions on things, NOT the official views of the New Kadampa Tradition. So do look out for articles about Venerable Geshe-la’s legacy arriving on the official Kadampa website, starting with … A quiet, humble monk who changed our world.) I asked a friend yesterday how she felt, and she replied “I don’t know yet.” Exactly. But as the hours and days pass, more…

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