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!

At the International Kadampa Spring Festival this year in Malaga, Gen-la Dekyong kindly taught how to do a so-called “close retreat” on Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. In what turned out — we didn’t know at the time — to be amongst the last of his instructions, Venerable Geshe-la asked her to explain to Kadampas all over the world how to do this retreat, collecting 100,000 name mantras of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. This was his specific instruction for the Festival: “It is very important that you publicly give the transmission, commentary, and teachings of the mantra of Guru Sumati Buddha…

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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, el venerable Gueshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoché pasó muy apaciblemente a la luz clara.  Ayer le pregunté a una amiga cómo se sentía, y me contestó: “Todavía no lo sé”. Exacto. Pero a medida que pasan las horas y los días, aparecen significados nuevos. Por lo que sigo añadiendo a este artículo. La tradición es mi corazón En el Festival de Verano de 2009, Gueshela dijo: “A partir de hoy el Festival de Verano terminó. Hemos disfrutado mucho de nuestro Festival…

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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, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche passed very peacefully into the clear light.  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 meaning is emerging for all of us, it seems. So I keep adding to this article …  This is my heart In the 2009 Summer Festival, Geshe-la said: “Now from today our summer holiday finished, we enjoyed very much our Summer Festival 2009, wonderful, but please keep in your heart the intention to enjoy the summer festival 2010, 2011,…

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A light has just gone out in our world. I, like you, have just heard that Queen Elizabeth has died. It is Tara Day. May she go directly to Tara’s Pure Land where she belongs. I will miss her, I feel she provided some protection for our world. I wonder what will happen next … ? … so far, rainbows over the Palace and other major landmarks across the capital, including Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial. I want to repeat here a story from long ago that shows we never know who people are  … When…

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In the last article on resilience, Grace under pressure, I was saying how we need to view difficult situations as challenges as opposed to insurmountable obstacles or we can’t transform them. Later I was thinking we could get to the point where we even see them as invitations: “I invite you to transform me!” An invitation When I had Omicron last month, for example I was trying to pray not so much, “Please don’t let me feel too ill!” but “May I accept whatever is appearing due to my karma as an invitation to transform my mind into renunciation, compassion,…

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