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From Susan: Advice for Building a Powerful Practice

May 17, 2021   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:10. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, it is lovely to see you. If you recently completed my 8-week series on the Noble Eightfold Path, thank you! I really appreciate your attention, feedback, comments, and excellent questions. If you missed it, you can find the whole series here. So much of what I... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Eight)

April 26, 2021   |   17 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:07. Dear Open Heart Project, Welcome to the 8th video in our 8 video series! In this series, we have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort and Right Concentration. Let me say right up front that I messed up the sequence. Right Concentration is... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Seven)

April 12, 2021   |   28 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 22:17. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well and finding some more space and calm in your life. Today, I share some thoughts on the 7th step on the noble eightfold path, Right Concentration. I find this has much more to do with flow than anything else. Please have... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Six)

March 29, 2021   |   35 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 16:19. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so happy to send you the sixth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood. Right View and Right Intention comprise true wisdom. Right Speech, Right Action, and... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Five)

March 15, 2021   |   13 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:58 Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so happy to send you the fifth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech and Right Action. Today we look at Right Livelihood. What does it mean to do your work... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Four)

March 1, 2021   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 20:55 Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so happy to send you the fourth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, and Right Speech. Today we discuss Right Action. Interestingly, right action has more to do with what we... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Three)

February 15, 2021   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 22:38 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello and I hope you’re well and finding love, insight, and courage in your life and in your mind. These three qualities, aka compassion, wisdom, and power, are said to be the three qualities of the awakened mind. How do we realize such wakefulness? There is actually... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Two)

February 1, 2021   |   25 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 21:10. Dear Meditator, Welcome to the 2nd video in our eight video series on Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path. Each video contains a talk followed by a guided 10-minute meditation practice. If you want to skip ahead to the meditation, by all means! It begins at the 21:10 mark BTW,... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step One)

January 18, 2021   |   30 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 19:43 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello and happy new year! I am so glad we can practice together. This video marks the first in an 8-video series called Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path. Today we will talk about the first step, Right View. Whether you are brand new to the Open... READ MORE

Turning the page into a new year with joy, compassion, and truth

January 4, 2021   |   6 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:02 Dear Open Heart Project, Welcome to a new year! To be able to connect with you as 2020 rolled and shook and careened was of great importance to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to sit with your own mind and heart during... READ MORE

If you feel depleted (who doesn’t?!) this is what will replenish you

December 21, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 3:57 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and feeling healthy and strong. Once I had the privilege of interviewing Tara Brach, the respected Vipassana teacher, about compassion. I asked her, “what do you tell your students who come to you with compassion fatigue?” I’m sure you’ve experienced what I... READ MORE

The power of community.

December 14, 2020   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 7:05. Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well. Before today’s sit, I share with you the single most necessary component of a meditation practice, the aspect that actually keeps it all going. I have learned this after teaching (literally) thousands and thousands of people how to meditate. It has nothing... READ MORE