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"Being forced to seek balance within ourselves, we can make our unsteady, stumbling days feel less and less like a disaster and more and more like a joyful dance--the dance of a wildly, wonderfully, perfectly unbalanced life."

--Martha Beck


I'm not sure if this counts as a project, per se. I suppose the greater project is me, here. Shambhala derived from two Tibetan Buddhist lineages. I have had a meditation practice for years, though not very directed and certainly not supported by much serious study. As I increased my Buddhist studies, I developed a desire for a Sangha: a group of fellow seekers.

I feel my practice has grown significantly since joining these people. I've even been contributing some dharma writings to the monthly newsletter.

I recently made the decision to take Refuge in the Three Jewels. The Three Jewels are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. This is when you officially become Buddhist, though it is not necessarily when you officially stop being whatever you thought you were before! As part of the ceremony I received a new name. The name is an indication of your true nature, but also a signpost directing your further contemplation and study.

My new name is Pema Tharpa: Lotus Liberation.

Updated Wednesday, August 11, 2004 8:41 PM