We all need knowledge-holders

  When I first met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia, in 1976, I knew I wanted a spiritual path but I didn’t know I needed a spiritual teacher: a mentor, a lama, a guru.   The fact is, whatever we learn, the...

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 54 from Robina: Amsterdam, April 12, 2015

Postcard 54 from Robina: Amsterdam, April 12, 2015

From Athens I flew to Amsterdam on Monday April 6. I stayed the night there with my old friend Australian nun Ven. Kaye Miner in her lovely light-filled Amsterdam flat. Then to Loenen, where there’s a residential center, also called Maitreya. A lovely place, a former...
Postcard 27 from Robina: Spain, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Postcard 27 from Robina: Spain, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spain. I haven’t been here since 2003. I like the place, the feel, the sky, the oldness. Of course, all of this earth is “old” but it’s a different feel when you see the physical evidence of cultures from 1,000+ years ago than in countries like...
Postcard 5 from Robina: Moscow, Thursday May 19, 2011

Postcard 5 from Robina: Moscow, Thursday May 19, 2011

I’m a city girl, and the bigger and louder the place, the better. Right now I’m in one of them: Moscow. I love it! There are 15 million people here. The traffic is unbelievable: they drive just like I aspire to drive: with the aggression and focus of the...