Vajrayana Buddhism Association

Fall Class Schedule (Sept. – Dec. 2013)

Fall Class Schedule (Sept. – Dec. 2013)

General Meditation: Saturdays 10:30am – 12:00pm

Intermediate Class: Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation: Sept. 29, Oct. 29, Nov. 27, Dec. 27 at 8:30pm

No classes on Oct. 12, Dec. 24, 28 and 31.

June Class Schedule (Toronto)

June Class Schedule (Toronto)

General Meditation Class: Saturdays 10:30am-noon (closed June 29 for Canada Day long weekend)

Intermediate Class: Tuesdays 7:30-9pm

Ocean of Wisdom Group Meditation: June 3, Monday at 8:30pm…

Do donkeys still eat carrots?

open eyes

From time to time, I have friends telling me that they go to Buddhist establishments to attend meditative practices. Generally, meditation is seen as a good thing. But there is always a nagging feeling at the back of my mind. One is about what to do with one’s eyes/senses during meditation.…

The Art of Zen

Close_up_waterdrop_on_flower_cb_wp8Those who bothered to read “Two Cedars Piercing the Sky” might be scratching your head. Why is Emily Dickinson relevant at all? Well, there is a particular Zen quality to her writing. Master Tam translated three of her poems, “My river runs to thee,” “I died for beauty, but was scarce” and “Because I could not stop for Death.” For those who are fluent in Chinese, they can been seen here:

I translated Tam’s translator note (!) below.…

Two Cedars piercing the Sky

Male Bullock's Oriole at Atascadero LakeFor fun, a colleague and I translated a poem Master Tam wrote in 1976 (published in Mingpao Monthly in April 1976), in memory of Emily Dickinson for the 90th anniversary of her passing. The left column is his original poem, the right column is our experiment.…