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How to stop suffering: Step #3

June 19, 2017   |   1 Comment

The meditation begins at 12:46 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator. Happy Monday! Or Tuesday or whatever day it may be for you right now. Before today’s meditation, I take us through an overview of the third step along the Buddhist eight-fold path, Right Speech. (In the last two weeks, we looked at step one: Right... READ MORE

How to Stop Suffering: Step #2

June 12, 2017   |   2 Comments

The meditation begins at 8:45 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator. If you had a chance to see last week’s video, you know that I am taking us through each of the steps on the 8-fold path. The first step is Right View. To recap simply: Right View means not overlaying our projections onto reality, rather, we see... READ MORE

How and why would anyone become a Buddhist?

June 12, 2017   |   2 Comments

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #16.  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 about becoming a Buddhist. The ceremony for doing so is called “taking refuge”. What... READ MORE

How do I know if this practice is “the one”?

June 5, 2017   |   1 Comment

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #15.  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. Victoria from England is really interested in two different but equally meaningful spiritual practice. How important is it... READ MORE

On being a teacher

June 5, 2017   |   10 Comments

Just back from teaching two retreats in France and am filled with gratitude for the participants and for the great good fortune of being a teacher. Reposting this from 2015 as much of it still stands. I just finished teaching two retreats at Dechen Choling Retreat Center in France, “The Open Heart Retreat” followed by “Fearless Creativity: A Meditation and Writing... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #1

June 5, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 7:48 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator! It is great that we can practice together. From a recent survey, I learned that many of you were interested in learning more about Buddhism, which is awesome. I am happy to share some of what I’ve learned over the years as a 20+ year... READ MORE

The Truth About Marriage Vows: Five Promises you Can Keep.

May 31, 2017   |   8 Comments

(Parts of this piece were published previously, but as our wedding anniversary approaches, I felt compelled to update it.) Next month, my partner and I celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Nineteen years. How the hell did that happen?! As we get ready to celebrate nearly two decades of wedded bliss, (and also of wedded hell, confusion, joy, and mystery), I’ve... READ MORE

How do you find a spiritual teacher? Are you, Susan, my teacher?

May 22, 2017   |   1 Comment

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #13.  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 comes from Edith in Scotland. She is curious about the teacher-student relationship in Buddhism. How... READ MORE

This week’s video is for you if you’re struggling with our current political situation.

May 22, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 10:06 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. Before this week’s practice, I have the delight of continuing to answer the questions you have submitted to me. This week’s question comes from Kim: I’ve been meditating regularly now for 6 years. It has changed my life and made me a much calmer, more aware person. However,... READ MORE

Buddhism and Relationships: Eight Qualities of Love

May 15, 2017   |   3 Comments

Even though Buddhism is often associated with ascetic practices done by people in robes, as a 20+ year practitioner, it has been useful to apply core Buddhist teachings to my love life. Buddhist practice and study were helpful when I fell in love, got my heart broken, and, now, in marriage. In a recent post, I offered a way to... READ MORE