Machik Ling

the blog of a western buddhist monastic

Written by: Karma Tsewang Gyurmey

Karma Kagyu Buddhist Monastic

From the Archives: Bob Thurman on the Role of Monastics in Society — The Buddhist Monastic Initiative

Professor Robert (Bob) Thurman was the first Westerner to be ordained by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, back in the mid-’60s. He didn’t stay ordained that long, but he went on to become a renowned Buddhist scholar and translator. This week I stumbled this talk, which he delivered at the first Western Buddhist Teachers Conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, held in Dharamsala, India in 1993. — Read on I am reposting

Buddhist Nuns Taking the Reigns

I just read this article over at and thought it was absolutely share-worthy. I’m on my phone at the moment (I’m at the monastery for a few days for a short Medicine Buddha retreat), which is why I haven’t taken the time to make this a “pretty” post. I didn’t want to forget to share this though.

An Interview With Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche by

I’ve been fortunate enough to receive meditation instruction from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, in person, a couple of times, in addition to the live broadcast of Rinpoche’s teachings during the Kagyu Monlam that recently concluded. My first encounter with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was in Toronto Ontario Canada many years ago when Rinpoche bestowed the Khorlo Demchok empowerment, transmission and instructions over three days… A very hot and humid three Summer days, I recall. To this day

Blessings and Efficacy of ‘The Seven Line Prayer’

I have been studying the text called White Lotus – An Explanation of The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Padmasambhava by Jamgön Mipham and thought I would share a declaration made by Guru Rinpoche himself to King Trisong Detsen about the blessings and efficacy of The Seven Line Prayer that appears in the prologue of the book. I should likely have shared this on a different day of the month, but as this is what I’m


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