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How to create more happiness: Step #3

August 14, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 6:40 Audio only version is here. Hello, wonderful humans. I am so happy we have a chance to sit together. The reason I always say this is because it is ALWAYS TRUE. Before today’s 10-minute sit, I offer you some thoughts on the third paramita (or transcendent action), which is called “patience.” If you think of... READ MORE

Loving Kindness Meditation for Victims of Racism and Hatred

August 13, 2017   |   1 Comment

      This is an audio version of the Facebook live event I gave on Sunday, August 13, 2017. May it bring you peace. Love, Susan xo         GET FREE WEEKLY MEDITATION VIDEOS The only way to understand meditation is by doing it yourself, and I’m here to help. Sign up and I’ll email you a... READ MORE

How to create more happiness: Step #2

August 7, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 7:24 Audio only version is here. Hello, excellent meditators. Welcome to your practice. I hope you will enjoy the practice of meditation, or, if you can’t, that you choose to enjoy the practice of kindness toward yourself. Today, before our practice, we continue our broad examination of the six paramitas (or transcendent actions). Last week, we discussed... READ MORE

How to create more happiness: step #1

July 31, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 11:11 Audio only version is here. Hello and I hope you are well! I am delighted to have a chance to practice meditation together. Over the last 8 weeks, we looked at each step along the noble eightfold path which describes the path away from suffering and toward libertation. I heard from many of you about... READ MORE

How can I have compassion for others without ignoring my own needs?

July 31, 2017   |   1 Comment

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #23.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. Katia’s question is about figuring out the balance between kindness toward others and self-care. In this answer, I... READ MORE

The Teacher-Student Relationship: Liberating or a Trap?

July 27, 2017   |   33 Comments

I’m a 20+ year practitioner in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, a Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. It is based on teachings brought to the West by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. There are things in these two seemingly straightforward sentences that might piss some people off. For example, in my community, there are arguments about whether it is okay to say “Shambhala” and “Buddhist”in... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #8

July 24, 2017   |   1 Comment

The 15 minute meditation begins at 7:41 Audio only version is here. Hello! As you may know, for the last 8 weeks we have been looking at each of the steps along the noble eightfold path. (But if you’re just joining us, no worries. There is nothing you need to catch up on. Just jump in right here.) This week,... READ MORE

Could meditation be giving me insomnia?

July 18, 2017   |   Leave a reply

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #21.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. This week’s question is truly fascinating. Our questioner has discovered that since beginning a meditation practice, his mind... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #7

July 17, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 6:35 Audio only version is here. Hello! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful season, wherever you are. Here in the Northeastern US, we are seeing some lovely sunshine and warmth. Recently, we have been looking at each of the eight steps of the Noble Eightfold Path. These are the steps we could take to attain liberation... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #6

July 10, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 7:12 Audio only version is here. Hello, excellent Open Heart Project meditator. I am so happy we can practice together. In the last few weeks, we have been examining the steps outlined by the Buddha that lead away from suffering, aka the Noble Eightfold Path. Today, we look at the 6th step, “Right Effort.” Before we sit,... READ MORE

How can meditation help me with heartbreak?

July 10, 2017   |   3 Comments

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #20.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. This week’s excellent question is about equanimity. Our lovely questioner wants to know how she can remain equanimous... READ MORE

What is the best way to prepare for a meditation retreat?

July 3, 2017   |   2 Comments

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #19.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. Ashley is planning to come on one of my retreats. YAY! This is her first-ever meditation retreat and... READ MORE