Drepung Loseling MonksEndorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Drepung Loseling monks tour the world to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.
“Inclusiastic” by Lexie Potamkin
Lexie Potamkin, religious scholar, explains how religious inclusivity and not just tolerance are important to understanding others.
Drepung Loseling Monks enjoy the day at Kodiak Lake 2016
Lexie Potamkin and the Drepung Loseling Monks enjoy a day of rest and relaxation at Kodiak Lake in Aspen, Colorado. The Monks ride huge inner tubes, float on the river and paddle board. With all of the formal activities planned for the Monks during their stay in Aspen, Colorado, it is nice to enjoy an informal day by the lake.
Drepung Loseling Monks visit Lexie Potamkin in Aspen, Colorado, summer 2015. The Monks create a Mandala, hike, raft and chant by the river, along with other performances and sacred chants.
Symbolism of the Mandala 2016
Dr. Geshe Lobsing Tenzin Negi, of Emory University, explains the Symbolism of the Mandala, Aspen, Colorado, 2016.
Drepung Loseling Monks play polo
Lexie Potamkin and the Drepung Loseling Monks learn to play polo for the first time ever. For many of the Monks, it is their first time on a horse. The Monks are quick learners and demonstrate acute horse riding and mallet swinging skills in several rounds of Polo. It was organized by Melissa Ganzi, President of the Aspen Valley Polo Club. Aspen, Colorado, 2016.
Dr Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi Meditation with Monks
Dr. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, of Emory University, leads an hour meditation that begins with chanting by the Drepung Loseling Monks. The chanting is to invoke a sacred presence and cultivate compassion. Aspen Chapel, Aspen Colorado, 2016.
SermonsHere we present a short sampling of thoughts shared by Lexie, including compassion, death, and Buddhist foundational principles.
Cultivating Compassion 2016
Cultivating Compassion, sermon by Lexie Potamkin, Aspen Chapel, Aspen, Colorado, 2016, with the Drepung Loseling Monks.
Buddhism 101 by Lexie 2015
Lexie Potamkin sermon, “Buddhism 101” July 19, 2015
Aspen Chapel, Aspen, Colorado.
What Is Death? Messages From the Heart
Sermon by Lexie Potamkin, What is Death? 2011, Aspen Chapel, Aspen, Colorado.
Here are sermon transcripts by Lexie
There are many variations of Buddhism, but they can all be fit into three major schools of thought. While we can find every type of Buddhism in every part of the world, the earliest form of Buddhism, based on the words of the Buddha, is practiced mainly in Southeast Asia. It is called Theravada, which translates to “the doctrine of the elders”. Its primary goal is to end suffering.
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Spirit Makes You Succeed When Everything Else Fails. (I have some jokes in my files that could have used some Spirit.)
I remember that Jesus told Nicodemus that Spirit was like the wind, in that we can’t see it but can see its effects, which are profound.
I see the word representing the essence of a being or a thing,
whether it be God, another person, myself, evil, or goodness.
To me, the closest synonym is soul.
All happiness of this world
Comes from wishing happiness for others.
All miseries of this world
Comes from wishing happiness for self.
Peace isn’t the absence of conflict.
Pease is learning how to navigate conflict without resorting to violence.
-Rabbi Rami Shapiro
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
-Martin Luther King
Love is what you need to live, not just to exist.
Laughter heals the body, connects us to others and aligns us to spirit.
It’s the precious alchemy for a happy life.
Love and death are so intertwined and each teaches us about life.
-Lexie Brockway Potamkin
‘It’s up to me to bring peace;’our influence will soon be larger than our numbers.
-Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Leader of Shambhala
Meditation makes me more peaceful. Often, after I meditate, I’ll return to my busy life with husband, children, and pets, with a new sense of awareness.
– Lexie Potamkin
Have you ever watched a hawk or an eagle catch waves of air and soar?
When I sit by the ocean, or next to a river, I feel peace. We’ve all experienced the feeling of peace in our life, but far too often those moments are fleeting. We lead busy lives. Consciously or subconsciously, we long for more peace in our hectic lives.
If you have Spirit,you can go on; you can over come certain things by this inner energy and power and feeling. It makes you feel that you have an opportunity,a chance,a hope,a dream,an expectation,a relationship. You have to have Spirit to do practically anything in life.
Spirit, for me, has almost nothing to do with 'spirituality.'
It is simply energy—positive energy and love. The simplest, most humble being can be filled with more Spirit than a lifelong meditator.