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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 t0 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   |   Leave a reply

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

Lojong Slogan 10

March 11, 2020   |   Leave a reply

The main reason I find to be hopeful is the beauty and profundity of the dharma. The more I turn my mind toward it, the more empowered I feel. The more empowered I feel, the more energy I have to be of benefit. The more I turn my mind toward chaos, the less I have. . Obviously, no one has... READ MORE

How to recover peace of mind + new 10-minute meditation

March 3, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:16 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, dear ones! I am so happy to be in touch with you today. I hope you are well and feeling confident in yourself. These are stressful times, there is no doubt. It can be hard to know where to turn when the news becomes too damn... READ MORE

Lojong Slogan 5

February 6, 2020   |   Leave a reply

In the Open Heart Project sangha, we are contemplating one slogan per week from the 59 lojong (mind-training) slogans of Atisha. They date back over one thousand years. . There are 59 “slogans” which range from the obvious (First, train in the preliminaries) to the inspirational (Thank everyone) to the fascinatingly inscrutable (Three objects, three poisons, three seeds of virtue).... READ MORE

Lojong Slogan 4

January 30, 2020   |   Leave a reply

  This week at the Open Heart Project, we are contemplating the 4th of the 59 slogans of Atisha: “Self-liberate even the antidote.” . This slogan is saying something like: If you think you’ve understood emptiness or enlightenment or any other so-called spiritual concept, that’s not it. It’s telling us that to arrive at a conclusion is to miss the... READ MORE

Meditation Question 2: Meditation and panic attacks? Can it help?

January 15, 2020   |   Leave a reply

I’m so happy to discuss your questions about meditation and spirituality. If you want to ask one, let me know in comments. I will do what I can to help. This question is from Faith, who asks: I have a history of anxiety and moderate to severe panic attacks. Anything you can offer to assist with these feelings would be... READ MORE

Lojong Slogan 2

January 13, 2020   |   2 Comments

In 2020, the Open Heart Project Sangha is examining each of the 59 slogans of Atisha, aka Lojong aka mind training practice. Each Monday, I send out a short video with some thoughts about one of the slogans, followed by a guided meditation. We now consider the second slogan: Regard all dharmas as dreams. . Last week, our slogan was... READ MORE

Meditation Question 1: Anxious Moments

January 10, 2020   |   Leave a reply

This week’s question is from Roxana: “Can you provide meditations on how to obtain tranquility/calmness/serenity in anxious moments.” . If you’d like me to answer your questions about meditation, please email your question to me. xo Susan

Lojong Slogan 1

January 10, 2020   |   Leave a reply

In 2020, the Open Heart Project Sangha will examine each of the 59 slogans of Atisha, aka Lojong aka mind training practice. Each Monday, I send out a short video with some thoughts about that week’s slogan, followed by a guided meditation. The first one went out a few days ago and discusses slogan #1, first, train in the preliminaries.... READ MORE