A poem for the Vidhyadhara

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s parinirvana.

Although I never formally met you or experienced you in your nirmanakaya from, I’ve been blessed to be under the guidance of one of your students. My teacher has shared many wonderful stories and it is quite clear to see that you are very much alive in her heart and every moment. I did had a wonderful, powerful dream with you many years ago, one that I still remember vividly. I was in a line, a procession, heading towards you. You were giving everyone a blessing. I remember you were dressed in white robes, and thought how odd? I was used to seeing Tibetan monks in their marooned robes, although you left your robes behind some time ago. Then as I arrived in front of you, you placed your hand on my head as I bowed. Then, like a rush of electricity, I felt an energy come from my feet, up through my body and out of the top of my head! At this precise moment, my eyes opened wide, I gasped, and woke up from the dream! It was an amazing experience. When I shared it with my teacher, she laughed and said,

“I see Rinpoche visited you.”


A poem for the Vidhyadhara,

In the dhatu of beginninglessness and endlessness

Thank goodness there is the death of concepts

And the deathlessness of basic goodness

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.


Heart of Practice Retreat Slideshow

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

New from “Off the Cushion” in the Spring 2015 Issue of Tricycle

Spring 2015 Issue

Spring 2015 Issue

Dear friends,

If you are a member of Tricycle magazine, please check out the new article “Alleviating Suffering” in the Spring 2015 issue by one of Bodhi Path’s own, dharma teacher Pamela Gayle White.

Here’s the link to the online article:


If you don’t have a subscription, you can pick up an issue at your local newsstand!

You can also download a previous article from the Winter 2014 issue, “Bedside Bodhisattva“,


And if you are already a member, don’t forget to join the discussion online! Share your thoughts about the article by posting a comment and have a dialog with the online community and Pamela!

Best wishes!

Pamela Gayle White is a dharma teacher and translator in the Bodhi Path network and a Tricycle contributing editor. She is a chaplain resident at the University of Virginia Medical Center, “on sabbatical” from her regular activities.

Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

The Vaccarini Club

Some years ago Bodhi Path member Shinji Isozaki listened to a friend tell this story: While in a park, she noticed that a single gardener was doing the work of three people (The city had let several gardeners go.). Day after day the lone gardener picked up litter, swept leaves, trimmed trees, mowed lawns, and did not leave the park until late in the day.

No one seemed to notice this man’s tireless efforts to maintain the park. Overcome with gratitude, Shinji’s friend wrote a personal note of appreciation and handed the envelope – with a $100 bill inside – to the gardener with verbal thanks. After hearing this story, Shinji suggested he and his friend form a club whose purpose was to recognize the sincere efforts of people who make diligent efforts that go unnoticed and unappreciated. Monetary contributions were to be for special situations; the focus was on-the-spot verbal expressions of thanks for the invisible work force who keep our city running in good order.

Shinji’s friend’s last name is Vaccarino; they decided to call themselves the Vaccarinis; all who to “do a Vaccarini” would be members and they would look for opportunities to “do a Vaccarini,” a term they coined to mean “express gratitude to someone whose diligent efforts go unrecognized.”

Being a Vaccarini helps us be mindful of those who serve us behind the scenes, people we often taken for granted. Examples of “doing a Vaccarini” might include thanking the person who so carefully maintains your condominium building, the worker who empties your trash into the dumpster, the supermarket cashier whose cheerful greeting and chit-chat always lift your spirits. “Doing a Vaccarini” can be as simple as sincerely saying, “Thank you for your work” or “I appreciate your work.”


Shamar Rinpoche saves the lobsters

A lama walks into a seafood store… The wise and beloved Tibetan Buddhist, Shamar Rinpoche (1952-2014), makes his first visit to a New England Seafood store (in 1999). Watch him interact with a veteran Massachusetts fishmonger.

Shamar Rinpoche: The Road To Kalimpong

Road to Kalimpong

Road to Kalimpong


Shamar Rinpoche’s Kudung makes the journey from Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Delhi to Diwakar Buddhist Academy in Kalimpong, as hundred’s line the road to pay hommage to their teacher.

Everything, everything is impermanent.
Nothing is permanent, so you should be aware of it.
Therefore, you should not be surprised when something is changed.
Not permanent.
So you should accept it, you should understand that things are not permanent.

If you think whether there is a chance to be liberated, or get out of these problems of suffering or whatever,
Yes, there is!
It’s naturally there, naturally.

It is not that you have to depend on a kind of, somebody’s blessings,
The cure is within you.

All the phenomena does not carry any substantial existence, or ultimate existence.
It is, it carries, the quality of illusion.
Therefore, Buddhism is a great knowledge,
Buddhism follows the nature of phenomena.

The Buddhist view follows the nature of phenomena,
and by knowing so you can cure the problems,
you can develop the cure from within it.

So meditation follows the nature, it is a natural antidote.
So once you learn the meditation and how to improve your wisdom,
How to overcome all your illusions, all your ignorance.

Everything, everything is impermanent.
It is, you will change, it will be changed.
So, yes, change is inevitable.

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