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How to cultivate a consistent meditation practice

August 28, 2023   |   1 Comment

Audio only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 10:32 Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. Basically everyone I have ever known finds it difficult to be consistent with their practice and, further, basically everyone thinks this is because they lack discipline. I suggest that this is probably not the issue. Before... READ MORE

The one question you should always ask as your spiritual path unfolds

October 23, 2017   |   1 Comment

The meditation begins at 7:01 Audio only version is here. Hello! I am so happy  to see you and to offer this week’s meditation. How do you know what is right for you in terms of meditation styles and spiritual practices? There is a lot to consider and there are many options. Some Before today’s 10-minute sit I offer some... READ MORE

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 create more happiness: step #1

July 31, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 11:11 Audio only version is here. Hello and I hope you are well! I am delighted to have a chance to practice meditation together. Over the last 8 weeks, we looked at each step along the noble eightfold path which describes the path away from suffering and toward libertation. I heard from many of you about... READ MORE

The Dharma of Depression: a podcast

August 11, 2014   |   3 Comments

In this podcast, drawn from a talk in the Spring of 2014 at the New York Shambhala Center, Susan discusses the intelligence of depression, how to differentiate depression from sadness, and how depression can become a part of your spiritual path.

The Dharma of Love: a podcast

July 31, 2013   |   2 Comments

Hello and welcome to the first Open Heart Project podcast! Personally, I’m very psyched. The first topic is: “The Dharma of Love.” To listen and subscribe on iTunes, click here. This podcast is about falling in love, being in a relationship, and breaking up—from a Buddhist point of view. As a student of Buddhism and someone who has fallen in love, lost love,... READ MORE

When the actor met the Monk.

April 7, 2011   |   24 Comments

A fantastic story from one of my very favorite radio shows ever, The Moth. I laughed. I cried. I fell further in love with the dharma, as if that were possible. Apparently, it is. Only about 7 minutes long–totally worth a listen. Even with the truly dreadful “Tibetan” accent.

NICE Manifesto

April 26, 2010   |   22 Comments

I had such a wonderful time teaching from The Wisdom of a Broken Heart this past week in D.C., N.Y., Toronto, and Montreal (where the book is called La Sagesse d’un Coeur Brisé which makes it sound so pretty). Over and over, I’m struck by the deep well of tenderness that resides in each of us and how a broken... READ MORE

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