A Buddhist Meditation Practice for the Boston Marathon Tragedy

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About Lodro Rinzler

Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of the books "The Buddha Walks into a Bar" and "Walk Like a Buddha". Over the last decade he has taught numerous workshops at meditation centers and college campuses throughout North America. Lodro’s columns appear regularly on the Huffington Post and Marie Claire and he is frequently featured in Reality Sandwich, the Interdependence Project, Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and Good Men Project. He is the founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership, an authentic leadership training and job placement organization, and lives in Brooklyn with his dog Tillie and his cat Justin Bieber.

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  1. Needed this. Thank you very much.

  2. Tonglen is a fantastic practice and a very good practice in a time like this, IF you can handle it. It can be a rather overwhleming practice to engage in if you don`t already have some solid foundation in meditation and energy practices and are psychologically very balanced. For me it was both fantastic and very destabilizing when I tried it some years ago and I was told by a very experienced Buddhist teacher that it can be a problematic practice for people who are not at least intermediate practioners. He also said that a not uncommon experience is for the heart to close down subtly in addition to the immense heart opening that it also brings because in many cases people are not ready for the opening it moves you towards. Just a word of caution, as long as the right condition are in place it is a fantastic practice.

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