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–Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance and Trusting the Gold

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July 11, 2022   |   7 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:59. Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you enjoyed my recent series on the noble eightfold path. And if you missed it, no worries! You can just jump in right here. I know that meditation is counseled as a way to de-stress, develop greater powers of concentration, and get a better night’s... READ MORE

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 8

July 4, 2022   |   6 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 7

June 20, 2022   |   7 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 6

June 6, 2022   |   12 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 16:02. 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

Tonglen Practice

May 25, 2022   |   26 Comments

What happened in Uvalde yesterday was beyond shattering. There is nothing I or anyone can say to make this bearable. It is normal (and understandable) to go in one of three directions with our shock and heartbreak. We could fall into despair, We could become enraged. We could turn away because it is too much to bear. Each of these... READ MORE

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 5

May 23, 2022   |   2 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:40. 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 4

May 9, 2022   |   2 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 3

April 25, 2022   |   4 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 2

April 11, 2022   |   4 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 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, I so appreciate... READ MORE

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 1

March 28, 2022   |   7 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 19:04. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello! 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 Heart Project or... READ MORE

Cultivating the Mind of Compassion in a Crazy World: Step 4

March 7, 2022   |   18 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 21:40. Dear Open Heart Project, Welcome to the final video in our series: Cultivating the Mind of Compassion in a Crazy World. Week 1: Affection for the World Week 2: Faith in the Right Situations Week 3: Compassion for Sentient Beings Now we come to Bravery, the fourth quality. In this view,... READ MORE

Cultivating the Mind of Compassion in a Crazy World: Step 3

February 21, 2022   |   4 Comments

NOTE: If you’re interested in our acclaimed Meditation Instructor Training program, please consider applying today. This 11-week program begins on March 17. The early bird price ends Feb 22 and I don’t want you to miss that if you’re considering this program (which is my very favorite thing to teach). Would be great to see you there! Audio-only version is... READ MORE

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