7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #7

August 23, 2021   |   12 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 14:05.

Dear Open Heart Project,

I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. The third, fewer activities, is here, the fourth, good conduct, is here and the fifth, awareness of the teacher is here. The sixth quality of propagating prajna (or wisdom) can be found here.

Today we explore the seventh quality, “attitude of goodness.” What could this possibly mean during this very uncertain time? Please know that it has nothing to do with “thinking positively” (not that there is anything wrong with that) or denying whatever sorrows or confusions you may experience. All of it can be included in this 7th quality of dharmic person.

This concludes our series, but have no fear! You’ll still hear from me every two weeks with thoughts on how to create a more sane world for ourselves and those we love. Not to mention, everyone else.

Below are listed some ways we can stay in touch in the meantime.

The first possibility is a free webinar, “Thriving in Uncertain Times.” See details below on how to save your spot.

The second is an opportunity especially for moms. We are publishing a new book, Mommysattva, by Jenna Hollenstein, just for you. We’d love to invite you at a circle of support based around this extraordinary new book that addresses both the joys and the difficulties of this most ardent path of love.

Thoughts? Always love to hear them!

Love, Susan


Just when we imagined we might go back to “normal” after the chaos and disruptions of 2020, we find we still have a ways to go. Maybe even a long way. How do we reckon with this? Our normal strategies may be dubious at best. We have no more game. We don’t know what will happen or where it is all going.

At this time, we need each other more than ever. To gather together as warriors, seekers, and practitioners is of great importance. We can share our brilliance and our confusion. Both are extremely useful. Community will see us through.

I would love to discuss all of this with you. Please join me on August 24 for a free 90-minute webinar to discuss the path of the warrior during times of uncertainty. We will practice meditation for a short period and then discuss the following:

  • Three ways to work with intense emotions
  • The wisdom of a broken heart and why it is the warrior’s greatest asset
  • The single most important support for the journey (spoiler alert: it’s not meditation)
  • How to keep your meditation practice steady so that it provides a firm foundation for all of the above

Sign up here for this free webinar. If you can’t make it live, we’ll send you the recording.



A few years ago, the Open Heart Project began publishing books specifically for YOU. We realized that traditional publishers may not be speaking to you as directly as we could–because we are in direct communication! It only made sense to publish works we knew you would be interested in.


This book was written for mothers everywhere who have worked so hard to create balance in an unbalanced time for themselves and their children.

In 2020 and beyond, mothers were made to discover the depth–and preciousness and messiness and pain–of their capacity to love. In the Buddhist view, one who undertakes this journey is called a bodhisattva: those willing to have their hearts broken over and over by the poignancy and impossibility of loving so much.

In this new book, writer, meditation teacher, nutrition therapist, and mom Jenna Hollenstein shares her own experiences of motherhood, viewed through the lens of powerful Buddhist teachings. It is not a guide to motherhood. Rather it’s an exploration of how everything mothers do is an opportunity to embrace the power, love, chaos, and possibility of this life.

We’re looking for a core group of Mommysattva ambassadors to be early readers of the book (before it is published) and then post an honest review on Amazon on the publication date, September 7, 2021.

Since this book will not be available in bookstores, online reviews are of utmost importance!

If you are interested, please click here to sign up as a Mommysattva Ambassador.


  • An advance PDF copy of the Mommysattva book
  • 2 free months in the Mommy Sangha (a weekly OHP gathering hosted by Jenna)
  • An invitation to a ‘Meet Jenna Hollenstein’ live online event on September 10th at 2:00 pm ET

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  • Posted by:  Alison Carter-Goulden

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for this series, it was most helpful and enjoyable!
    I was wondering if there could be a way to do something on chants for your next series?
    Lots of love,

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Love that idea! Many thanks, Alison. Let me see what I can come up with. (It is a favorite topic, for sure.) With love, S

  • Posted by:  Barbara Matakis

    Wonderful meditation. Thank You.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome, Barbara. Very happy to practice together. With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Denise

    Merci mille fois pour cette série. J’ai hâte de voir ce que sera la prochaine !

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Courtesy of Google Translate:

      Vous êtes les bienvenus. J’ai aussi hâte de voir ce que sera le prochain! Il y a tellement de choix. S’il vous plaît restez à l’écoute. Avec amour, Susan

  • Posted by:  Sonia

    Thank you Susan 🙏. I wonder if something in relation to curiosity could be included in your next series. I would love to be more curious about my experience, but not sure I know what that means or how to do it, or maybe I’m already doing it, I don’t know!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thanks for the suggestion (which is itself an example of curiousity). I will see what I can come up with and in the meantime, curiosity seems to be rooted in the willingness to ask questions…wonder about…not arrive at final conclusions… More to come! With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Jennifer

    As a beginner, I am so grateful for finding this series. Your sessions have inspired me to start & maintain my meditation practice. I am finding it difficult to differentiate between “feel the body breathe” & observing, or being cognizant of, the act of breathing while meditating. Will the ability to feel vs. observe evolve naturally as I continue to practice? Or am I just overthinking it?

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad you have found it useful. I’m happy we can practice together.

      I appreciate your question about feeling vs noticing. It is subtle, for sure. For me, feeling has more of a sense of “being with” rather than stepping away from in order to see. But what really matters are the differences you notice–which will certainly evolve naturally through your practice! Please keep me posted. With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Sue May

    Thank you for this series. There is much to contemplate ;-). I have always struggled a bit with the oft-repeated “basic goodness,” feeling that there is some sort of righteousness implied. When I settled on “basic soundness” as a personal interpretation, that seemed a little more relevant to how I view myself. I can be a quirky looking tree with awkward limbs, a little moss, some lichen, some insect damage, but I can still be basically sound. Whew. Thinking about the Seven Qualities, I have to say that they seem like an intention for me, or perhaps an aspiration. I see all of the ways in which I do not manifest these qualities on any given day. But maybe that is okay, even if I have some of them on some days, glimpses of what can be.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I too have struggled with this phrase, and continue to. “Basic soundness” is fantastic. I love it. Also the idea that these qualities are intentions or aspirations. They seem to be revealed rather than accomplished. xo S

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