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Even though we ultimately desire to be happy, most of us find ourselves taking in sorrow, pain and tragedy through everything we see, hear and feel both in our own experience and through the media. It’s like we are breathing in suffering and this suffering, both our own and that of others, can sit inside us, weighing us down and dampening our happiness and well-being. There is a Tibetan meditation practice called Tonglen that can allow that suffering to be transformed by the light of our true nature. It combines breath, awareness, imagination, and an energetic transformation process that opens our hearts to reveal and cultivate kindness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Lama Palden advises us to start from the center of ourselves and have the courage to face our own suffering. She says if we don’t allow it to be liberated “then we’re not really going to be able to go the distance with others. Because we are, in some ways, afraid of the suffering and that actually gives it power over us.” She also gives a description of how the practice of Tonglen can be used in our everyday life in an “on-the-spot” meditation and shares stories of her own teachers, Kalu Rinpoche and the 16th Karmapa. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Lama Palden Drolma is a licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach. She has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century, including Kalu Rinpoche, who authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She is the founder of the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist center in Fairfax. California.
Lama Palden Drolma is the author of:
To learn more about the work of Lama Palden go to www.lamapalden.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 7/16/2019 Program Number: 3684
From Album: Call of the MysticArtist: Karunesh
Opening Essay: Track 01 For the Joy of it AllMusic Break 1: Track 01 For the Joy of it All (continued)Music Break 2: Track 02 Hearing You NowMusic Break 3: Track 02 Hearing You Now (continued)
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