Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel is known for her willingness to question the spiritual path in order to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. Using the Buddha's teachings on emptiness as lens, she asks us to take a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about reality and liberation. Read More
  • “When we question openly, our spiritual practice becomes a living experience, without dogma or fixed ideas.”
  • Animals

    I want to say there is kind of a Buddhist “rote” answer, and that would be “no” to euthanasia and “yes” to letting the animal die naturally. But I think the dharma goes much deeper than simply giving us “rote” answers

    Meditation

    The purpose of meditation is to develop a sane relationship to experience. The struggles we have in life—shutting down, pushing away, feeling overwhelmed, and all the neurotic attach- ment—arise from the confusion we harbor about how to relate to the rich energy of the mind.

    Family & Community

    My dear dad, Marv Mattis, is getting old. People who ask me how he is doing often have a look of concern in their eyes. I understand. And yet I often ask myself: “Is old age actually a problem?”

    Ask a Question

    Questions and responses make dharma lively. Elizabeth will respond on her blog. ASK

  • Teachings On-Line

    Join Elizabeth for the Shedra Primer, Everything Leans: The Liberating Insight of Interdependence. Live Video Stream of Four Talks, September 6&7, 2014.
  • Shedra Primer
    Everything Leans:
    the liberating insight of interdependence
    September 6-7, 2014
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  • Upcoming Teachings