This is My Story

About 18 years ago I believe I experienced a spiritual awakening. I was about 30 years old when I awoke one morning with the feeling inside me that their was much more to life than just the ordinary appearances we daily perceive and observe. It was like a veil that opened for me just in a split second that I could have a glimpse through it. I was always in search of spiritual truth since I was a child. I grew up in a Christian family and thought if I search deeper into religion I will find answers. I even studied theology for 5 years to get answers and try to understand the concept of a loving god. What mostly puzzled me was human suffering and why even so called good people suffer and bad people have good lives. I knew there had to be deeper underlying reason why people on this planet are suffering so much and religion teaches compassion, love and grace which was not really evident to me. At this stage my life was also in turmoil, caught in a bad marriage with a beautiful little baby daughter. Read more

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About H.E. Choden Rinpoche

Choden Rinpoche was one of seven children born to a noble family in Dahi, the Khampa region of Eastern Tibet. Rinpoche’s connections to past spiritual masters were evident from early childhood in his exemplary conduct and superior intelligence as well as in the miraculous signs often witnessed in his presence. Reting Rinpoche, the Regent of Tibet, officially recognized the small boy as the living reincarnation of the previous Choden Rinpoche, who had been one of the finalists in the search for the 13th Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. At the age of seven, Rinpoche took novice ordination from His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. His Holiness reportedly said, “I found your name in Ganden Monastery’s Golden Stupa.” His Holiness named the child Losang Gyalten Jikdrel Wangchuk. Since his novice ordination, Rinpoche has been observing his monastic vows just as one protects one’s own eyes. Read more

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‘’However many scholars might gather, I never became humbled, and my confidence just became bigger and better. But when I went to Jonang, and every male and female dedicated practitioner had realized the nature of reality through meditation, I was extremely humbled. Uncontrolled faith and pure vision arose towards them.’’
---Jonang master and scholar the Omniscient Dolpopa speaking about the first time he visited Jonang in Tibet when he was 29 years old.(Taken from the biography written by his student Lhai Gyaltsen).

[Source: 'The Buddha from Dolpo', Cyrus Stearns]

མཁས་པ་མང་པོ་ཇི་ཙམ་འཚོགས་ཀྱིན་ཡང་ང་ཞུམས་ནས་མི་འགྲོ་སྟེངས་སུ་སྤོབས་པ་ཇེ་བཟང་ཇེ་བཟང་ལ་འགྲོ་བ་གཅིག་ཡོད་པ་ཡིན་པ་ལ། ཇོ་ནང་དུ་ཕྱིན་དུས་སྒོམ་ཆེན་ཕོ་མོ་རེ་རེའི་སྒོམ་གྱི་གནས་ལུགས་རྟོགས་ཙ་ན་ང་ཡང་ཤིན་ཏུ་ཞུམ་པར་གྱུར་ཅིང། ཁོང་ཙོ་ལ་དད་པ་དང་དག་སྣང་དབང་མེད་དུ་སྐྱེ་བ་བྱུང། ཆོས་རྗེ་ཇོ་ནང་པ་ཀུན་མཁྱེན་ཆེན་པོའི་རྣམ་ཐར། ལྷའི་རྒྱལ་མཐསན་གྷ་རུང་བ
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I remember the day I told my teachers how much I admire the Dalai Lama, for example, Pema Chodron, Wayne Dyer, and many others. They gave me this serious look and reminded me to admire the teachings, not the teachers, and to rely on the meaning, not on the words. So regardless of who inspires you, see them at eye level, not on a pedestal. ... See MoreSee Less

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