Sunday, September 6, 2015

Buddhism and Yoga in Union on the Path

Hello from Ladakh, India where I recently attended the Holy Mask Dance event at Hemis Monastery as part of the city's 4th International Buddhism Festival. 

I wasn't the only honorary guest there,  the princess of Bhutan also showed up, the ambassador for Thailand, Drukchen Rinpoche, Baba Ramdev and several other renowned lamas and swamis.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gestalt Dream Work

The real mystery of the night is what happens when we go to sleep:
--Where does "our mind" go? 
--Are we truly unconscious at night? How truly awake are we during the day time?
--Can dreams help us observe the roots of our habitual thought patterns?
--Can we use dreams to nudge further along the spiritual path? 

I got curious about these questions and ventured onto the Gestalt practice of "dream work". In this post I will share what I learned so far, and although still amateur in my understanding, I hope it will benefit people. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Theravada Nuns: Gender Equality Petition to United Nations

Hi everyone,

 Please sign this petition, it will take a second of your time. Even if you are not of the Theravada tradition - let's help modernize these cultural obstructions to benefit our fellow women practitioners. This is a gender equity push that my favorite Theravada monk Ajahn Brahm wrote to the United Nations to push for allowing the ordination of nuns in certain remaining Theravada countries like Thailand and Cambodia that have not followed through because of politics.

Here is his full paper, where he presents a full legal analysis of the Vinaya showing that there are no barriers for this to happen. But politics have precluded this and they rest their inaction by saying that only a fully ordained Bikhuni is allowed to carry out the nun ordination. But because their lineage has died out, there is nothing that can be done.

 But Ajahn Brahm proves out that the Bodh Gaya ordination of a Theravada nun by a Mahayana nun qualified per the Vinaya. And the two are interchangeable per the rules. Which is quite interesting for me to learn.

Feel free to forward to your friends.


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dissolution of the "Self"

My sense of Self has changed through time. I now seldom see a whole Yuriy to identify with, but rather parts and pieces in physical and mental form, working together in some type of symbiotic relationship. A symbiotic relationship within myself and with everything around. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Insights from Retreat

Who knew that a relaxed retreat in a social setting can bring more insights than one done in isolation... That resting the mind evokes more awareness than actively trying to discipline it... That making up your meditation schedule on the go produces better results than forcing a discipline from the start. I understand this now but it took finding the right guidance to set me on this path. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Opportunity to Teach Meditation

Hi everyone, please read. My meditation teachers in Brooklyn, New York successfully launched a project to teach meditation to inmates at the Rikers Island female jail. 

The city's Deputy Commisioner Sanders (who I believe was directly appointed by Mayor de Blasio) as well as all the staff administration are extremely excited about the program. It may grow to more opportunities in the future also, like internships, etc. 

Right now, they are looking for experienced meditators who live in NYC and would be interested in volunteering their time for this wonderful cause. 

No need to be expert but just have enthusiasm about helping this marginalized population to learn how to train their mind and cultivate internal peace and happiness despite their external circumstances. Your would be led and guided every step of the way by some great people, so no stress about whether you are good enough to teach. Just a few years of your own meditation experience will suffice. 

Please contact Justin at for more information. 


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Monday, May 12, 2014

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche Teaches Mahamudra

I met
Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche the other week for a transmission of the text "Instruction on Stillness, Occurrence and Awareness in Mahamudra", originally written by Mipham Rinpoche. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sayadaw U Tejaniya Visits Brooklyn

I was fortunate to meet Sayadaw U Tejaniya last week at his family's house in Brooklyn, NY, not far from where I live. It was my second time meeting the Theravada Buddhist master for teachings. Laura Zan was kind in translating the conversation into English from Burmese for all us westerners trying to get a taste of dharma.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The White Tara - Tantric Meditation

I decided to give tantric meditation a serious try after having tasted bits and pieces of Vajrayana Buddhism through the years. Vajrayana is often referred to as Tibetan Buddhism, although it originated from India and has since also been practiced in Bhutan, Nepal, parts of China and Japan. 

As per my teacher Lama Sangye's suggestion, I began with the White Tara. So far, it has been quite effective! There is lots of synergy with the classic Buddhist sutra teachings on impermanence, non-self and interbeing that I've focused on to date. But tantra comes at them from a very different angle. 

Below I describe my understanding and practice so far. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Give Up All Views To Awaken!

I have come up against walls that I helped build. Walls that I thought would lead to complete awakening, but now turn out concepts that impede me. I must give up all views in order to discover the deeper truth of mind.