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[…]
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[…]
In her first Tuesday night talk after the 2016 election, Lama Willa Miller discusses what we can learn from the way Bodhisattvas such as Chenrezig meet life’s challenges. What can we learn from falling apart?
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
In this video, Lama Willa discusses the Six Paramitas in the context of Natural Meditation. What does meditation have to do with ethics and compassionate action?
Presented by Enlightening Conversations November 13th and 14th Harvard Divinity School Sperry Room in Andover Hall 45 Francis Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 The second program in a series in which Psychoanalysts and Buddhist teachers speak openly and honestly about the nitty-gritty of human liberation. Through panels and small group conversations, these conferences engage all participants—speakers and Read more about Enlightenment: Idealized or Real?[…]
Dear Friends and Sangha of Natural Dharma Fellowship, At the close of 2014, my heart is filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the community of Natural Dharma Fellowship: for the dharma friendships, local practice groups, circle of supporting teachers, and sister organizations. Continue to read NDF Annual Report 2013 and Letter from Lama Willa Read more about NDF Annual Report 2013 and Letter from Lama Willa Miller[…]
with Lama Willa Miller November 17–21, 2014 Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Great wisdom lives in the body. —The Hevajra Tantra Take your yoga practice to the next level. Drawing on the tantric wisdom tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, this retreat offers practices that help you recognize the wisdom that resides naturally in the human Read more about The Wisdom Body: A Yoga and Meditation Retreat[…]
The Arts of Contemplative Care, by Cheryl Giles and Lama Willa is reviewed in the current issue of Journal of Global Buddhism, by Wendy Cadge, Associate Professor of Sociology: To read more click here.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Work by Gaëlle Desbordes and the Lama Willa was recently mentioned in a New York Times Op-ed titled The Morality of Meditation. Congratulations Gaëlle and Lama Willa! By DAVID DeSTENO Published: July 5, 2013 Meditation is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving your mind. With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores Read more about New York Times Op-ed: The Morality of Meditation[…]
Lama Willa’s Everyday Dharma makes it to a Kindle edition! Check it out here.
Lama Willa, teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, MA, shares the companion meditation exercises to her book Everyday Dharma.
Lama Willa Miller, teacher of Natural Dharma Fellowship, shares a series of compassion meditations from the Tibetan tradition, recorded in the summer of 2012.
Lama Willa Miller, teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, shares a series of mindfulness meditations, recorded in the summer of 2012.
Through the practice of natural meditation, we discover that one of the mind’s innate qualities is unimpededness, an unbounded nature that has infinite creative potential. In this video Lama Willa explores practices for tapping into the unimpeded aspect of our awareness, and discusses how the unimpeded mind can liberate our capacity for spontaneity and freedom.