Buddhist Compassion Training with Lama Karma Chotso

Sharing the Buddha’s Teachings, with Lama Karma Chötso

1. Please share what you do in 10-15 words:

I teach the philosophy and practice of Buddhadharma from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition’s Kagyu lineage.

2. Why do you do what you do?

I teach the philosophies of the Buddha because they include many skillful ways to engender compassion. Compassion is a component of our lives that needs to be expressed toward others and experienced by oneself. The practices of Tibetan Buddhism tremendously benefitted my life, so I share the teachings with the aspiration that they bring benefit to others.

3. What are you currently fascinated by in your work?

I’m consistently inspired by the freshness of every encounter with anyone attending a teaching or practicing the Dharma. The exchange of insights is particularly interesting and important because the sharing brings the Dharma home to everyone.

4. How did you come to your path? Any aha moments or key teachers?

The key to my path was Kalu Rinpoche. I experienced my mind, my thoughts, and my life in a completely different way after spending a short period of time with him. He seemed to embody the enlightened mind and I immediately decided I wanted to do the same.

5. What book(s) did you like reading this year?

I read The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Penguin Classics), which is the first complete translation of that text. The introduction by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is excellent. I also appreciated discovering Anyen Rinpoche’s book Dying With Confidence, which is very helpful when working with the terminally ill.

And …

6. If you’ve taught at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat before, what is one surprising thing about the experience for you?

At first, of course, one is delighted by the physical beauty of the ashram and then happy to experience the compassionate staff. I was also surprised the first time I stayed that there was no coffee, which turned out to be a blessing. The vegetarian food was excellent and I felt better when I departed than I had when I arrived.

Lama Karma Chötso is a Buddhist nun of the Tibetan tradition and has been practicing in the Kagyu lineage for more than 40 years. She was the resident teacher of Open Awareness Buddhist Center in Miami for 25 years before retiring from teaching in the States. While living and teaching in Miami, she and the sangha built four Tibetan stupas at the Lama Residence there. She practices as a meditator, part-time teacher, writer, singer, and visual artist. Lama Karma Chötso continues to lead the sangha in Peru where they have built a large stupa, called the Stupa of Reconciliation, in the Amazon basin.

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December 10 — 12, 2024
Lama Karma Chötso

True spiritual warriors assume the responsibility of mastering their own minds. Discover he innermost vaults of compassion within your own self so that you can have peace of mind and a sense of security in daily matters, interactions with others, and in the actions of your career, family life, and more.


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