Resounding Samantabhadra’s Aspirations in the forest.

Resounding Samantabhadra's Aspirations

Resounding Samantabhadra’s Aspirations  –  Photo Courtesy of Jean Loo

During our adventures of “Taking the Retreat on the Road” Lama Khaydroup led us in the recitation of “The King of Aspiration Prayers of Noble, Excellent Activity”.

I must admit, I was hesitant to join the excursion due to ideas of maintaining the retreat mind-set and sacred atmosphere by not leaving the grounds. Lama Khaydroup emphatically informed me that I would be attending and taught me that we need to maintain the retreat community, wherever we are. Conditions change, but we carry the retreat attitude wherever we go. It was a wonderful reminder. And I was very happy that I did make the trip.

Verses from the prayer:

May I always be accompanied by those friends
whose practice and conduct resemble my own.
With regard to our body, speech, and mind,
may all of our actions and prayers be as one.

May I always encounter companions
who exemplify Excellent Conduct
and have my well-being at heart.
May I never let these teachers down.

– cesar


Lama Jampa Thaye’s visit to Pasadena Bodhi Path

Lama Jampa Thaye

Lama Jampa Thaye

Pasadena Bodhi Path was delighted and profoundly grateful for the wonderful opportunity and blessings to have been able to host Lama Jampa Thaye for a weekend of teachings. Lama Jampa gave teachings and explanations based on, “A Concise Lojong Manual” by the 5th Shamarpa. Along with the commentary from the text by the 5th Shamarpa, Lama Jampa include instructions and additional commentary given to him by our own, Kunzig Shamarpa Rinpoche shortly before he passed last year. This was indeed a blessing and displayed the transcendence of a great Master’s wisdom, that continues, beyond the illusion of form. Thank you Lama Jampa Thaye!

Lama Jampa Thaye visits with a little bodhisattva

Lama Jampa Thaye visits with a little bodhisattva

Blessings  Shamarpa & Lama Jampa Thaye

Shamarpa & Lama Jampa Thaye

Lama Jampa Thaye This Weekend, April 18 – 19 Pasadena CA

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Shamar Rinpoche in Los Angeles March 6th & March 12th


Dear friends,

Shamar Rinpoche will be doing readings, book signings, and question and answer sessions at the following locations in March.

Thursday March 6th at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena CA.

Wednesday March 12th at The Milken Institute in Santa Monica CA.  (Time TBA)

Rinpoche will also be giving Chenrezig Empowerment and a book signing in San Luis Obispo:

Sunday March 9th at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel San Luis Obispo CA.

Empowerment: 1-3pm; Book signing 4-5pm

The book signing event in Miami on February 27th will be streaming live. So don’t forget to tune in!

For more info check out the Path to Awakening page:

Hope to see many of you at these events!

New book available – The Buddha Meets Socrates

The Buddha Meets Socrates

The Buddha Meets Socrates

“The Buddha Meets Socrates” was re-edited and re-released by Bird of Paradise Press recently and is now available.  The author is Harry Pemberton, retired professor of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.

As you may know, the book relates to Harry’s encounters with the 17th Karmapa in India.  You can see the link to Amazon below where you can use the “look inside” feature.

We have a few books that we are selling for $10.00 if you would like to purchase a copy. It is a wonderful book. Please contact me at our Wednesday night meetings if you would like one.

– cesar