What is a Hero?

What is a hero? Do you really know? Is it someone strong and vibrant who goes off and slays your enemies and upholds your friends? Or is it a football quarterback who wins the Super Bows in the last second with his “hail Mary” throw? Christoper McDougall doesn’t think it is any of these.   […]

How to Calm Our Ambitious Mind

These words of wisdom from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche teach us how to calm our ambitious mind with shamatha meditation, simply concentrating on our breathing. Spend a moment contemplating this quote and then read my story below. Less Ambition, Less Disturbance The beautiful thing about having less obsessions and ambitions—and just sitting straight and watching […]

The Tao that Can be Told

On the first full day I was in Pune, India in 1975 with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, he began a series dharma talks on Lao Tzu‘s Tao Te Ching. These talks resulted in a series of four volumes call Tao: The Three Treasures. The narrator, a long-time disciple of his, reads this […]

Meditation and Sex

Meditation and sex go way back in history to the Kama Sutra which was extant between 400-200 BC. The dark age and middle age prudishness had made sex into something dirty. Some people still think of it as trashy. However, Osho revised meditation and sex to its former status of being capable of generating ecstatic […]

Ambition and Spirituality

Ken Wilber teaches us how to reconcile ambition and spirituality in these words of wisdom in his essay on “Egolessness” from his book The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader. I’ve been admiring his work for more than twenty years now and find his wisdom very palpable. I have listened to the audio recordings of […]

Self-Hypnosis for Anxiety

When I went to India for the first time, I spent four months at the Rajneesh (Osho) ashram. At that time, new arrivals to the ashram were invited to have darshan (a meeting with a small group) with Rajneesh. When I looked into his eyes and felt his deep, penetrating gaze, I knew that I […]

Anna Halprin Came to Our Shabbat Sangha

Last Friday, Anna Halprin came to our Shabbat Sangha. My good friends, Maryanne and David, open their homes on the first Friday of the month for a group of us to come together and build a community. We gather in the kitchen around 6:45 PM and set out our delicious plates to share with each […]

The Five Rhythms Meditation Dance

Dance as a form of meditation is as old as civilization. Just think about the native American dances you have seen in movies. Or trance dances of the shamans in primitive societies in the Amazon. Irish folk dancing and even classical ballet are a kind of meditation for those who dance. Modern dance teachers such […]

Osho On Self-Acceptance

Osho, also know as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, was an Indian master who died in 1990. He was an outstanding speaker and teacher. When he looked into your eyes, you knew he was present. His whole being seemed to want your liberation. His teachings spanned the whole of meditation practices – from Art to Zen and […]

How To Treat People

This quote from Lao Tzu teaches us how to treat people. Lao Tzu was a 6th Chinese mystic who wrote the Tao Te Ching and is credited with the founding of Taoism. The Tao Te Ching has had a great influence on my life. When I first met Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, […]