I Ching Perseverance Furthers

When I was a young man, I was traveling around the country with my wife and son. We settled for a while in Chicago and I found a great teaching job at Oakton Community College in Morton Grove. One night, I went to a spiritual bookstore, expecting a talk on yoga. Instead, the speaker was […]

Loving Kindness Meditation Chant

This video presents a nice loving kindness meditation chant. It is chanted by the famous vipassana meditation teacher, S. N. Goenka at the end of each session of his 10 day meditation retreats. Metta is the Pali (ancient Indian language) word for loving-kindness. Together with compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity or inclusiveness, they make of […]

Bodhisattva of Compassion

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion. A bodhisattva is a being who forgoes final enlightenment in order to help other sentient beings to awaken. Avalokiteshvara is another name of this bodhisattva of compassion. In the monasteries and on retreats in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the monks and nuns chant, “Namo […]

Joy All Around

I am happy to pass on Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh‘s practice phrases for the New Year. The phrases are Joy within me, Joy all around and New year, New me These words of wisdom express my wishes that we all have a Happy New Year with peace, gratitude, harmony, and compassion in our hearts. […]

Tibetan Monks Chanting Om

This excellent video of Tibetan monks chanting Om contains high quality sound. As wonderful as these sounds are, I’m afraid the pale in comparison to the wonderful chanting I heard when Rama Jyoti Vernon do it in January. Her voice was so deep and resonant that it filled the room and I’m sure touched deep […]

Thanksgiving Day Is A Day For Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away. It is a day for expressing gratitude. We taught our children, “To desire what you don’t have is to waste what you do have!” This is a way of saying, “Be grateful for what you do have.” This video has stunning images and beautiful chanting of  the Metta […]

Herbert Benson On The Relaxation Response And Meditation

Dr. Herbert Benson was one of the pioneers of mind body medicine. He established the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His best selling book, The Relaxation Response is a classic in the field of mind body medicine. Dr. Benson coined the phrase, relaxation response, and it is now a buzzword in the field of mind body medicine. […]

Chanting Loving Kindness

Metta is the Pali word for loving kindness. Pali is an ancient Indian language in which the Buddhist scriptures were first written down. The video is a lovely chanting on metta. The English translation of the chant goes like this: May I be free from enmity and danger; May I be free from mental suffering; May […]

Mudras: Finger Yoga!

Have you heard of “mouth yoga?” Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches mouth yoga. During meditation practices or any time you feel like it you can breathe in and smile. The breathe out and release. He says, “We are able to smile to ourselves and release all our worries. There are more than three hundred […]

Teach Me To Be Generous

The prayer expressed in this video begins with “…Teach me to be generous.” The music and images in this video are lovely. Generosity is an age old teaching of all religious traditions. In Buddhism, for example, generosity is the first of six perfections. The others include the perfections of ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom. […]