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How to Make Magic: Part Three

October 17, 2022   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:55. Dear Open Heart Project. Magic takes shape in three ways: Outer Magic, Inner Magic, and Secret Magic. Today, I offer you a short talk on cultivating magic on the so-called secret level. It’s not a secret from you, particularly. I suppose it is referred to as “secret” because it is invisible.... READ MORE

How to Make Magic: Part Two

October 10, 2022   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 13:31. Hello, wonderful Open Heart Project. I am happy to offer you this short talk on Inner Magic. Magic takes shape in three ways: Outer Magic, Inner Magic, and Secret Magic. Today, I offer you a short talk on cultivating magic on the inner level. Thoughts? I always love to hear from... READ MORE

How to Make Magic: Part One

October 3, 2022   |   12 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:45. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, wonderful Open Heart Project. I hope you and yours are well and safe. I so appreciate your responses to our recent series on painful emotions. If you missed it or want to rewatch the videos, they are here: Anger Attachment Shame Jealousy Anxiety Distrust Hatred Despair... READ MORE

Painful Emotions and Creating Real Change

September 19, 2022   |   6 Comments

Dear Open Heart Project, The recent series of videos about working with strong emotions struck a chord with so many of you. Understandably! There are so many painful situations on planet earth right now. At the same time, there is so much possibility. The great writer and thinker Catherine MacCoun, author of my favorite book in recent memory, On Becoming an... READ MORE

How does it feel when your book is published?

September 11, 2022   |   1 Comment The Buddhist Enneagram Book Cover

My new book, The Buddhist Enneagram: Nine Paths to Warriorship will be out in a few days. It’s been in the works for three years. I hope everyone will read it. I hope no one will. Trying to separate the one who created it from the one who now speaks to you about it…reminding myself over and over: no matter... 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 Six Paramitas: Wisdom

January 3, 2022   |   6 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 22:53. Dear Open Heart Project, Happy new year! It is a delight to send you this sixth video in our series on the six paramitas or transcendent actions. Don’t worry if  you missed previous videos, you do not have to go back and start at the beginning. However, if you’d like to,... READ MORE

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2021   |   8 Comments

Dear Open Heart Project, It has been an honor to practice with you during this year of uncertainty and possibility. Personally, I have never needed sangha (community) more and I know I’m not alone in this! I look forward to continuing to send you meditation videos and short talks on bringing your practice off the cushion and into every aspect... READ MORE

The Six Paramitas: Meditative Absorption

December 20, 2021   |   4 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 19:45. Dear Open Heart Project, Welcome to this short talk on the fifth of the six paramitas (or transcendent actions). You can jump in right here, but if you’d like to watch or re-watch the prefions videos, they are right here: Paramita #1: Generosity Paramita #2: Discipline Paramita #3: Patience Paramita #4:... READ MORE

The Six Paramitas: Exertion

December 6, 2021   |   19 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:26. Dear Open Heart Project, Thank you so much for signing up for this six video series on the six paramitas or transcendent actions. These actions may sound ordinary—we all know that generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, concentration, and wisdom are worthy pursuits. We may have ideas about what each quality means, which... READ MORE

The Six Paramitas: Patience

November 22, 2021   |   9 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 21:26. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m happy to send you this, the third video in our series on the six paramitas or transcendent actions. As you may recall, these are the actions we can take to create the world we want to live in, one where sanity, decency, kindness, and love reign... READ MORE

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