Author Archives: Shantideva Meditation

The Search for a Community

I began a search for a Buddhist community in 2013. I didn’t have anyone to ask for recommendations so I googled. I must have attended Dharma talks at a dozen different centers, and I attended some longer programs including a … Continue reading

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A Lifelong Buddhist Journey

As an Asian American who grew up in the West, Tibetan Buddhism has always been a source of fascination and inspiration for me. In college I’d read a few of Lama Yeshe’s books and in 2004 had the fortune to … Continue reading

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Spreading the Dharma at Shantideva

By Andy Spreitzer “Shantideva Meditation Center is in the middle of its annual appeal.” I read that first line and noticed a glaring mistake. It is not ITS annual appeal but OURS, MINE. We are Shantideva Meditation Center and helping … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Spiritual Community

July 25, 2015 was a very auspicious day. That day, I arrived at Garrison Institute for a lamrim retreat with a group I had never met: Shantideva Meditation Center. I knew nothing about them. I had previously gone to teachings … Continue reading

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A Letter to Our Community: Visualize and Rejoice!

To the Dear Shantideva Community, I am so happy about the establishment of a more consistent base for Shantideva Meditation Center and I am thrilled to be a part of this new chapter with all of you. It is as … Continue reading

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Community: Riding the Waves of Samsara Together

By Lauren Howard Coleman Earlier this month, Ven. Amy Miller led a retreat entitled “Riding the Wave: Moving Forward in Vulnerable Times.” She began by asking us to imagine riding a surfboard, skillfully navigating the choppy waters, gaining a sense … Continue reading

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Trying to Fix Samsara

By Gus Cutz In Portuguese, we say of someone who persists in doing something that is futile on the face of it, that they are “drying ice.”  Sometimes it seems to me that I spend a great deal of my … Continue reading

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A Joyful Dharma Journey

By Arnaud Berger This is the time of the year when I look back at my practice and make absolutely unrealistic resolutions: attain enlightenment this year, or at the minimum, only have altruistic thoughts, not let my mind wander on … Continue reading

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The Company We Keep

Scattered through the Dharma teachings is the idea that the images we watch, the stories we read and the company we keep can leave karmic imprints that may come back to haunt us. So too can the angry feelings we … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Sink

By Jennifer Kim Ugh – I woke up late with a sore throat. My jaw was still swollen after my root canal and the grey weather outside was not motivating me to tackle the hefty to-do list that lay ahead … Continue reading

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