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Bird Neshama Trungma
Bird Trungma is the founder and teacher of Dharma Yeshiva in New York City., an organization dedicated to infusing the wisdom of Tibetan Bud

Recent Content by Bird Neshama Trungma

The Reason Why I Am Not a Serial Killer, Even Though I Am a Mental Case

If someone were to become angry and shout, “This woman is a mental case!” referring to me, I would not become angry at them for saying that. How could I, having arrived at that very same conclusion myself? It is no insult. That I understand my life and the world in which it has occurred to be...

A Bird's Eye View: The Importance of a Sense of Humor

My guru, Chogyam Trungpa, used to talk about how important it is to have a sense of humor when practicing on the spiritual path. The spiritual path, incidentally, includes all of life. To practice spirituality, a person is required to breath. Besides that, spiritual practice includes eating. It...

The Reification of Schizophrenics

The use of psychiatric labels turns patients into stereotypes. It hides their real personalities, covering them over with pathologized false selves. Care providers are unable to see whom they are treating. This is a major cause of the infamous "revolving door" of hospitals, homelessness, and misery

Transforming Our Concept of Mind, Mental Illness, and the Treatment of Mental Anguish in Ourselves and Others

This article compares the Western notion of mind with the very different Buddhist notion and weighs the consequences inherent with each paradigm.

 
 
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