Practice begins when we change our mind

   There’s a saying in Buddhism that if we can change something, please, change it! But the question is: what if we can’t? This is when Buddhist practice really begins. And the people whose practice I admire most are my friends in prison....
Postcard 43 from Robina: Tasmania, Monday, August 4, 2014

Postcard 43 from Robina: Tasmania, Monday, August 4, 2014

Where was I after Queensland? I’ve just spent three weeks in Perth, on the West coast, most of July, but the first week I was at Atisha Centre, two hours north of Melbourne, down south. Mid-winter here, so I had my winter woolies, namely a warm woolen shawl and...
Postcard 41 from Robina: Melbourne, Monday, May 26, 2014

Postcard 41 from Robina: Melbourne, Monday, May 26, 2014

After Rinpoche’s teachings I flew back to Bogota and then to Santiago in Chile, where I spent 24 hours. Every year that I teach in Colombia, I fly from here to Sydney: Qantas has direct flights across the Pacific, but I’d never been out of the airport. I...
Postcard 38 from Robina: Portland, Monday, March 10, 2014

Postcard 38 from Robina: Portland, Monday, March 10, 2014

I visit FPMT’s Maitripa College in Portland, OR every year. Now in Portland. Monday March 10. I always spend a week here, and no different this year. Boise is an hour away so I got here Monday morning March 10. As usual, there was Carina and beaming Dechen, six...
Postcard 33 from Robina: Sydney, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Postcard 33 from Robina: Sydney, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It’s been seven months since I wrote a postcard! I can’t believe it. It feels like a minute ago that I was in Toronto, in December, and the last place I wrote about. So I’ll start again, this time with an event in Sydney in June and go back every now...