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How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 1)

July 6, 2020   |   7 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 8:15 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, excellent meditators. I hope you are well. It is getting more and more intense out there as the pandemic intensifies in some places and lets up in others. And as the demands for change and justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder go on unabated.... READ MORE

Recap: Six Transcendent Actions for Quelling Fear

June 22, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Dear Open Heart Project, Hello again. I hope you are well and feeling strong during this time of difficulty and possibility. When the pandemic began in the US, I chose to communicate with you each week rather than once a month. It was an honor to do so. During that time, I reviewed the six paramitas or “transcendent actions.” Before... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #6

June 15, 2020   |   11 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 14:53 Hello Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well and riding the waves of powerful change with wisdom and compassion for yourself and all beings. A big wish! But, really, the only wish that makes sense right now. I send it to you with all my heart. In early March,... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #5

June 8, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 21:15 Hello Open Heart Project, Here we sit together, in the midst of a revolution. That is how it looks today. Something healthy has burst its banks, mixed with something poisonous. It is up to each of us to filter, filter, filter, because the poison and the medicine look alike. Still, it... READ MORE

What can help a broken heart?

June 1, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 8:10 Hello Open Heart Project, I hope you are well. What a devastating week it has been in the United States. From the violence of racism to governmental crimes and pandemic-related uncertainty…well. It is almost impossible to know where to turn. If you are Black, I can’t even imagine the depth of... READ MORE

Less stress, more joy

May 25, 2020   |   10 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:10 Hello Open Heart Project, I hope you are well! I know that for many, this is a stressful time. Before we sit today, I want to share with you three ways to find joy in the everyday. If you try them, let me know how it goes! With love, S COMING... READ MORE

Compassion for enemies? Why?

May 18, 2020   |   25 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:30. Hello Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and safe. This hardly needs saying, but we seem to be at a particularly intense point in the pandemic cycle. For many, the world is beginning to open back up. This may feel great, frightening, or both. There are a lot of... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #4

April 13, 2020   |   2 Comments

Audio only version is here Meditation begins at 14:56 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and safe and that your loved ones are, too. Please stay in touch and let me know how I can be helpful during this unprecedented time. Before this week’s meditation, I offer some thoughts on the fourth paramita (or transcendent action), exertion... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #3

April 6, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Audio only version here Meditation begins at 17:18 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and safely-sheltered, and that your loved ones are as well. We are all riding the waves of uncertainty, feeling everything from fear to gratitude. There is a sense of confinement and also of possibility. It is too early to make sense of anything,... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #2

March 30, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Audio only version here Meditation begins at 12:22 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and staying strong during this very uncertain time. As mentioned last week, I’m returning to sending you a new video each week rather than once a month. At this time, it feels good and right to be in closer contact. Please do let... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #1

March 23, 2020   |   2 Comments

Audio only version here Meditation begins at 13:25 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you and your loved ones are faring well during this uncertain time. Please be sure to take excellent care of yourself, as best you can. Whenever possible, send out wishes for the health and well being of those healthcare workers and first responders who are putting... READ MORE

Lojong Slogan 11

March 16, 2020   |   2 Comments

I hope you are well and healthy and the same is so for all your loved ones. When I was thinking about this week’s slogan in light of all the coronavirus anxiety, I thought for a moment to offer something more immediately relevant than a thousand-year old slogan. Until I realized that this week’s slogan is exactly that. I realize... READ MORE