These questions seem especially pertinent in today’s often chaotic and oppositional world, but the fact is that the Buddha gave teachings on similar issues over 2500 years ago.
Shakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha) sat under a bodhi tree and vowed not to arise until he’d attained Enlightenment (a state of perfect Wisdom, combined with infinite Compassion). For most of us, that feels like an impossible task, an unreachable destination.
Profound peace, natural simplicity
I have found a nectar-like Dharma
As in any great journey in life, it begins with just a few first steps and slowly, slowly the terrain changes, the mind unwinds and we become accustomed to the process.
Orgyen Dorje Den is a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Nyingma tradition, founded by the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche under the auspices of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. ODD was established to facilitate the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the San Francisco Bay Area. ODD’s current center in Alameda was acquired in 2001 and has since blossomed into an extraordinary resource and support for the Buddhadharma.