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Lama Catherine Rathbun

I owe an unrepayable debt to many teachers with whom I have had the good fortune to study. Lama Catherine Rathbun (Lama Jetsun Yeshe) is perhaps foremost among these teachers: we have something like a lifetime association. Through her creative work with improvisational dance, she lived what I gradually came to understand was the dharma, and invited a simple opening and deep exploration to which I immediately responded. She brought me to the teachings in 1976-7, and has been an inspiration and practical guide since. Read more

Helpful Distinctions

The underlying central aim of all spiritual work is to be present in every moment. This aim may be formulated in different terms in different traditions but it is generally recognized to be both the aim and method of our searching. How do we do this? Well, it’s probably better if we do it intelligently.

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Cultivating Attention

The term “meditation” as it is currently used in English covers a very wide range of activities, guided imagery, guided visualizations, and many practices in Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religious traditions.

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Lama Chime

Through my association with Ven Namgyal Rinpoche I was fortunate enough to meet Lama Chime on a 6 week retreat in Sri Lanka. In 1980 I moved to Perth, Western Australia to study with him.

Together with a group of like minded students, we built the Origins Centre in Balingup 3 hours south of Perth, with Chim’s inspiration and direction. In those years we were intensively studying buddha’s teachings, body work, mandala, community development, and making time for much retreat work in which we explored many meditation methods in depth with Chime, Namgyal Rinpoche and other teachers. Read more

Louisa: Nurse

So insightful. Mana is very knowledgeable, but doesn’t ‘preach’ as such. Mana just ‘suggests’ or provides information to help you discover for yourself. Very honest with answers. Great course, thank you very much!