A year of invisible progress

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article. To the casual observer, it seems like nothing has happened in Nepal over the last year. But looks can be deceiving. A year ago, a series of earthquakes shook the very core of Nepal, killing thousands and leaving tens of thousands without food, shelter or medical care. Reading last weekend’s news reports, it seems that very little progress has been made. ... Read more

The Kindness Cure

David Desteno, professor of psychology at Northeastern University, writes in The Atlantic, that Mindfulness meditation is best known for its positive effects on our brains and bodies. Its most powerful influence, however, may be on our sense of compassion. He interviewed Rinpoche for the article, and cites their conversation. Read the full article here: How Mindfulness Meditation Builds Compassion - The Atlantic Read more

Talk: Mindfulness Fuels Negotiation Success

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA--Professors. Psychologists. Professional Mediators. From around the world, they gathered for the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association of Conflict Management, June 28-July 1, 2015. On the first day of the conference, Rinpoche helped attendees start their day with a brief teaching and guided meditation session from 6:30-7:45 AM. In the afternoon, he joined the IACM Executive Director and Ross School of Business professor Shirli Kopelman in presenting a novel session entitled: Leading with Emotion: Mindfulness Practices Fuel Negotiation Success. People ... Read more

New Hope in Nepal: Education Transforms Lives

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article. Last week I was sitting with Anuradha Koirala. Someone popped into her office to tell her that her organization, Maiti Nepal, had just rescued a girl at the border. The girl was about to be trafficked to India. It happens all the time. Long-term relief efforts, the kind that answer problems and bring benefit without creating new complications, are like solving ... Read more

Is an Earthquake an Opportunity for Transformation?

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article. In the wake of a disaster, there is a desperate immediate need for food, shelter, medicine and other aid. But in the longer term, entire systems may need to be rebuilt. And in that rebuilding, there may be an opportunity to make something truly positive from tragedy. I believe that this opportunity exits in Nepal today. It is an opportunity ... Read more

The Best Disaster Relief Fosters Independence

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article. It’s quiet in Kathmandu these days. For the last 20 years the city has been overpopulated with tourists and guest workers, all of whom have left, so it’s emptier. But it’s more than that. The quiet relates to a sense of fear. I feel fear from everyone here: young, old, male, female, regardless of background or social standing. It shows ... Read more

The Spiritual Core in Ruins

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article.   People are in trauma everywhere in Nepal. Like a doctor in an emergency room, aid workers are focused on the most immediate needs first: food, shelter and medical care. But people’s dignity and culture are equally important—and equally at risk. In Kathmandu, I spent an afternoon with number of leaders, including the President of the World League for Freedom and Democracy ... Read more

Trungram Foundation Actively Involved in Earthquake Relief

The Kathmandu Post actively praised the efforts of Rinpoche and Buddhist Relief Services in an article describing their food distribution efforts. The story was picked up by news media around the globe. Read the article here: Trungram Foundation actively involved in Barpak | Earthquake Relief   Read more

Food to the Mountaintop: Feeding Disaster Victims in Nepal

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article. Visit Buddhist Relief Services Facebook page to see a photo-essay of the journey. On Wednesday I went to Barpak, Nepal's largest village. The region is one of the most beautiful on earth, with the snow-covered Himalayan mountains stretching in front of you like a curtain. But when you look down on the ground, what you see ... Read more

Scenes from Nepal: The Disaster Continues

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete post. Friday night I landed in Kathmandu. In baggage claim, an officer told me most of the dead are old people or women. I asked, ‘Why?’ Because the first earthquake was on a Saturday. Although most schools collapsed, the children weren’t in them. It happened midday, so the men were out in the fields. But in Nepal, women are ... Read more
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Meaning of Abbreviations

* The following day is a missing or a double date accroding to Tibetan calendar.
BA Amitabha Buddha Day
BD Baden: unfavourable for putting up flags
BM Medicine Buddha Day
BS Shakyamuni Buddha Day
DP Dharmapala Day
LD Ludok: unfavourable for Naga Offering
LT Luthep: favourable for Naga Offering
ME Moon Eclipse: great day for accumulation of merit
NG Ngenpa Guzom: unfavourable for new project, e.g. gathering, inauguration
NN Nyinag: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
SE Sun Eclipse: a greater day for accumulation of merit
SN Shakngen: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
TN Tashi Nyima: auspicious day in a general sense
YK Yenkong: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
ZC Zangpo Chuzom: auspicious day, good for gathering

Duchen great anniversaries, special days of Buddha Shakyamuni, etc., good for accumulating merits.
Tsezang good days for accumulating merits
Naga Powerful long-lived serpent-like beings who inhabit in water, guard great treasure. Some great protectors of the Dharma are nagas such as Eight Major Nagas.