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The Four Immeasurables

September 18, 2017   |   4 Comments

The meditation begins at 8:47 Audio-only version can be downloaded here. Hello to everyone in the Open Heart Project. I am so happy we can practice together. Before this week’s sit, I offer you some thoughts on the four qualities that, according to Buddhist thought, you possess in immeasurable quantity: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. In this video, I talk... 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

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

The secret practice for quelling anxiety (spoiler alert: it is not tequila)

May 15, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 8:58 Audio only version is here. Hello, excellent 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 two people: Marsha: Recently, I’m experiencing anxiety and know that regular meditation helps, but am wondering if there are specific ways or techniques... READ MORE

What is meant by emptiness?

April 24, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 9:27 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. A few weeks ago, I asked you what questions you had that I could answer in future videos. It turns out that I am a genius because you got back to me with great questions. This week I answer a question from Bee: I would like to... READ MORE

Yoga teachers: enough with the invitations. TEACH! (A rant.)

December 4, 2011   |   28 Comments

I love yoga. I’ve been a half-assed student (which might be an asana, I’m not sure) for close to twenty years. I remember the moment I fell in love with the practice. It was at Kripalu. The teacher was Stephen (Kaviraj) Cope. The pose was trikonasana/triangle. Following Kavi’s precise verbal instruction and watching him model the pose with his beautiful... READ MORE

On Compassion and Enemies

May 4, 2011   |   120 Comments

On Monday, I wrote a little about my response to Osama bin Laden’s killing. Upon hearing of his death, most people expressed heartfelt and understandable relief that our hunt for one who wished to destroy us was over. Others participated in “celebrations” that seemed tinged with what could be described kindly as poor sportsmanship. The question I was trying to... READ MORE

Osama bin Laden is dead. One Buddhist’s response.

May 2, 2011   |   354 Comments

“In the Shambhala warrior tradition, we say you should only have to kill an enemy once every thousand years.” –Chogyam Trungpa So, Osama bin Laden is dead. We killed him. There really was no choice. We were clearly in an “us or them” situation and if we didn’t kill him, he was going to continue to do everything in his... READ MORE

How to be more disciplined about practice + a story wherein I drop the F-bomb

April 22, 2011   |   10 Comments

The practice of sitting meditation begins to shed some light on the Buddhist view of discipline. In meditation, you cultivate focus and awareness by placing your attention on your breath rather than your thoughts. PS It has nothing to do with emptying the mind of thought!! Almost impossible!! Stop trying!! Big hoax!! Instead, you take a different view of your... READ MORE