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Advice for Women in a Secret Sexual Relationship with Their Buddhist Teacher

In this new Lion’s Roar article, Lama Willa Miller offers nine pieces of advice for women who find themselves in secret relationships with their teachers. In the past week, like so many women, I found myself hashtagging #MeToo. I wish also that I could go back and be an older, wiser sister to my 22-year-old Read more about Advice for Women in a Secret Sexual Relationship with Their Buddhist Teacher[…]

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Fierce Compassion in the Anthropocene

In this blog post for the Garrison Institute, Lama Willa details how fierce compassion helps us move towards inclusive altruism. None of us know if the extreme winter of 2014 in New England was a result of climate change. Climate scientists tell us that we have rougher weather to look forward to. Other prognostications include the Read more about Fierce Compassion in the Anthropocene[…]

Lama Rod Owens brings ‘Fierce Love’ to Beloit College

MAR 27, 2017 by AMELIA DIEHL “Love is the strategy” against systems of oppression and violence, but, he added, “you have to be fierce.” He chooses the word “fierce” to acknowledge the ancestors in the black gay community who “embodied fierceness” in being “out and proud.” While Owens said he grew up with love, he Read more about Lama Rod Owens brings ‘Fierce Love’ to Beloit College[…]

Buddhist-Christian Studies Article: Deep Listening

In Volume 35 (2015) of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Lama Willa discusses discusses how the the effectiveness of educators, ministers, and dharma teachers might be enhanced by training in the art of listening. Like an Elephant Pricked by a Thorn: Buddhist Meditation Instructions as a Door to Deep Listening Willa B. Miller The phrase “deep listening” has been circulating Read more about Buddhist-Christian Studies Article: Deep Listening[…]

Interview with the Council on the Uncertain Human Future

Lama Willa was interviewed by the Council on the Uncertain Human Future in northern New Mexico in February 2016. There is more than enough in this moment to fill our human heart with joy and with gratitude and with wonder. Right now. So the pause gives us the space to discover that maybe all the things Read more about Interview with the Council on the Uncertain Human Future[…]

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Lion’s Roar Article: Meditation Only Goes So Far

In the August, 2016 article on lionsroar.com, Lama Willa discusses how the teachings of Mahamudra can help transform our relationship to meditation. BY WILLA MILLER AUGUST 26, 2016 Mahamudra, or “the great seal”—along with Dzogchen, “the great perfection”—is one of the simplest forms of meditation in the Tibetan tradition. In its most essential form, it is the Read more about Lion’s Roar Article: Meditation Only Goes So Far[…]

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Interview with Sakyadhita International

Lama Willa was interviewed by Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women on July 7, 2014 in a post called Interviewing Buddhist Women: Lama Willa Miller. To view the full interview, click here. Monday, July 7, 2014 Interviewing Buddhist Women: Lama Willa Miller Harsha Menon When you open up institutions to the possibility of leadership on the basis of talent Read more about Interview with Sakyadhita International[…]

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Excellence Reporter Interview: The Meaning of Life and Making the Planet a Better Place

Lama Willa was interviewed in the Excellence Reporter on September 3, 2015 in an post called Lama Willa Miller: The Meaning of Life and Making the Planet a Better Place. To view the full interview, click here. BY NICOLAE TANASE ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 In Buddhism, there is something called “the middle way”. The middle way Read more about Excellence Reporter Interview: The Meaning of Life and Making the Planet a Better Place[…]

Awakening through the Body talk at CIMC

In May 2016, Lama Willa Miller gave a talk on “Awakening through the Body” at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Although the body is often neglected in the life of many spiritual practitioners, it can be a door for us into compassion. The body can teach compassion.   Listen at cimc.dharmaseed.org   Also, check out the upcoming retreat Read more about Awakening through the Body talk at CIMC[…]

Natural awareness talk at CIMC

In September 2016, Lama Willa Miller gave a talk on Natural awareness at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. Natural awareness is not something that we create or fabricate, and it is not something outside of our everyday experience. Natural awareness is present right within the everyday, every moment. It is our birthright. Listen at cimc.dharmaseed.org

Subtle Body Meditation and Teaching

The highest expression of enlightenment is not an intellectual exercise. It is the realization of a non-dual, non-conceptual state. With this in mind, Lama Willa Miller guides us through a meditation and then gives a Dharma talk on the subtle body in Tibetan Buddhism. Listen now:   Download for later: Click here   This was Read more about Subtle Body Meditation and Teaching[…]

Listening for Signal | Council on the Uncertain Human Future

A new video dialog, including Lama Willa, is being released through Clark University. It is the Council on the Uncertain Human Future and includes reflections on how the contemplative perspective is important in the process of healing the earth. The original Council on the Uncertain Human Future held a reunion meeting at La Mesita Ranch (Pueblo of Read more about Listening for Signal | Council on the Uncertain Human Future[…]

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The Center Post Interview: The Teacher Who Changed My Life

Lama Willa was interviewed in The Center Post: the Journal of UU Rowe Center. The following is an excerpt from page 17 of the printed journal and page 9 of the PDF. Click here to download the full Spring/Summer 2016 journal. WILLA MILLER: One of my most memorable meetings with a teacher was with Dilgo Khyentse Read more about The Center Post Interview: The Teacher Who Changed My Life[…]

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Lion’s Roar Interview: Meet a Teacher: Willa Miller

In September 2015 Lama Willa was featured in an interview series called Meet a Teacher in Shambhala Sun, now Lion’s Roar. To view the full interview, click here. BY WILLA MILLER| SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 I grew up in a blended counterculture family in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. My mother was a cell biologist with spiritual leanings, Read more about Lion’s Roar Interview: Meet a Teacher: Willa Miller[…]

Buddhist Geeks Episode 323: Bodhisattva Activist

From the Buddhist Geeks website Lama Willa Miller, David Loy, and host Vincent Horn conclude a Geeks of the Round Table discussion on the intersection of Buddhism with ecological activism. They explore the idea that the Buddha was a social and political activist, what it means to acknowledge ecology as an ethical issue, and how these Read more about Buddhist Geeks Episode 323: Bodhisattva Activist[…]

Buddhist Geeks Episode 322: Eco-Dharma

From the Buddhist Geeks website Lama Willa Miller and David Loy join host Vincent Horn for Geeks of the Round Table to discuss how Buddhist concerns intersect with ecological & activist concerns.   The trio talk about the upcoming Eco-Dharma Conference, examine some ways Buddhist philosophy can contribute to the global ecology discussion, and then Read more about Buddhist Geeks Episode 322: Eco-Dharma[…]

Sacred World with Lama Willa and Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

Vajrayana Buddhism introduces us to a sacred world through the rich and magical imagery of deities and mandalas. But until we understand the wisdom behind this imagery it will have no personal meaning for us. The Vajrayana challenges us to question: “How do we understand deity beyond conceptual fabrication? What is the nature of deity? Read more about Sacred World with Lama Willa and Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel[…]

Dissertation Reviews features Lama Willa’s work

The website Dissertation Reviews has a feature on Lama Willa’s “Secrets of the Vajra Body” By Jenny Bright Published: April 14, 2014 Willa Miller’s dissertation focuses on Yang dgon pa Rgyal mtshan dpal’s (1213-1258) Explanation of the Hidden Vajra Body (Rdo rje lus kyi sbas bshad), and provides Buddhist and Tibetan studies scholars a rare portrait of a Read more about Dissertation Reviews features Lama Willa’s work[…]

Buddhadharma: Reviews: Investigating the Subtle Body

Lama Willa Miller recently reviewed a two new books in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West edited by Geoffrey Samuel and Jay Johnston Routledge, 2013, 282 pages; $155 Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise by Rose Taylor Goldfield Shambhala Publications, 2013, 192 pages; $16.95 Reviewed by Willa B. Miller Recently, Read more about Buddhadharma: Reviews: Investigating the Subtle Body[…]