“There’s no business, like shoe business!”

 

Photo courtesy of Jean Loo

 

To cover all the earth with sheets of leather
Where could such amounts of skin be found?
But with the leather soles of just my shoes
It is as though I cover all the earth!

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Shantideva

Chapter 5

Vigilant Introspection
Verse 13

Khenpo Tsering visits Pasadena Bodhi Path

We had the good fortune and blessings to have our teacher and friend Khenpo Tsering visit our group last Wednesday night and give teachings this weekend at the home of our dear friend and dharma sister, Jean Loo. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in making this weekend a most enjoyable one. Khenpo elucidated the 5th Chapter, Vigilant Introspection, of the Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra, Way of the Bodhisattva. We all benefited greatly from Khenpo’s explanations and his wonderful stories.

“Khenpo finished his teachings of Chapter 5 Vigilant Introspection with 109 verses in A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva.  Look forward to more teachings.” – Jean Loo

Khenpo with Francesca, Erinn, and Nastassja at our Wednesday night class

Khenpo and the sangha at Jean’s home

Save the Dates – Heart of Practice Summer Retreat 2017

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Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger, CA
Near the entrance to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

The Four Thoughts – Khaydroup & César visit Long Beach Meditation

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Khaydroup and Cesar gave a Dharma talk focusing on “The Four Thoughts That Turn The Mind From Samsara.”

Heart of Practice – Images from our Summer 2015 Retreat

Seven Circles Retreat

Seven Circles Retreat

Some photos of our Summer Retreat at the Seven Circles Retreat in Badger CA.

Enjoy!

Heart of Practice Retreat Slideshow

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

Taking the Retreat on the Road

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Dear friends,

We’re back from retreat! We’ll be posting more photos and a round up of a week of study, reflection, meditation, and some fun in the sun. For now, here’s a lovely group photo of the sangha on a day we took the retreat on the road and visited the Sequoia National Park.  Cheers!

Land of the Giant Trees

On the Road

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