Even the birds have flown from the house.

Ramadan Mubarak to everyone.

Sama’ in private is one thing.  It’s another in a public setting like the one here.  Still, though, I find this one of the most compelling of NFAK’s performances.

There are English translations in the video.  The beautiful message of which he sings would still come through, however, even if the language translation was not there.

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The won-back heart

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Don’t we know, only too well, that protection from pain doesn’t work, and that when we try to defend ourselves from suffering, we only suffer more and don’t learn what we can from the experience? As Rilke wrote, the protected heart that is “never exposed to loss, innocent and secure, cannot know tenderness; only the won-back heart can ever be satisfied: free, through all it has given up, to rejoice in its mastery.”
~ Sogyal Rinpoche