Sister Chan Khong Spoke for Thich Nhat Hanh

Pope Francis invited Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) to speak about the signing of the declaration against slavery. Since Thay is still sick in the hospital, Sister Chan Khong spoke for Thich Nhat Hanh from a prepared speech. The speech is available in its entirety on the Plum Village website. Pope Francis invited spiritual […]

The Importance of Faith in Buddhism

Sharon Salzberg is a frequent visitor to these pages. She is one of the original founders of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts, along with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield. I think her major contribution to Buddhism in the West is the way she writes about and teachs metta (loving kindness) practices. In these […]

How to Build Self Confidence

This video is from another Ted Talk. This time we hear from an athletic coach, Dr. Ivan Joseph, the athletic director the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, on how to build self confidence. You might think that athletics and meditation practices have nothing to do with each other, but please, think again. Think of […]

Gudo Nishijima on Zazen

This video features Gudo Nishijima on zazen. He is an 80+ year old Japanese Zen teacher. In this video, he describes how to practice zazen. The practice begins with bowing to your seat and turning around to bow again. He then talks about posture and sitting with your spine straight. The position of the hands […]

Dan Gilbert, The Guru of Happiness

Dan Gilbert is the guru of happiness. Some people say that he is the world’s foremost expert on happiness. Then why is he talking about the psychology of your future self in this Ted Talk video? He come right out and asks, “Why do we make decisions that our future selves often regret?” He tells […]

The Answer That is Blowing in the Wind

Pema Chodron, in these words of wisdom from Tricycle gives us the answer that is blowing in the wind about our ability to take a step into the unknown. This is called renunciation. Renunciation, in Buddhism, is a step in the direction of becoming a monastic. When a person decides to become a monastic, they […]

Why We Should Dream Big

Lisa Nichols teaches us why we should dream big in this video from Mindvalley. She tells her story of growing up in Los Angeles and having to fight her way through school. She was constantly put down by her teachers. And yet, she is now one of the spokespersons for The Secret and the author […]

The Fertile Soil Of Sangha

These words of wisdom are taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay by his followers). I have heard Thay teach about the fertile soil of sangha many times. He also teaches that the next Buddha, Maitreya, might well be a sangha. The sangha is one of the three precious jewels of Buddhism. […]

The Third Precious Jewel

These words of wisdom are from my teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers. It is about the third precious jewel of Buddhism, the Sangha. The other two jewels are the Buddha and the Dharma. When a person takes refuge in the three jewels, he or she is declaring his or […]

5 More Reasons to Meditate

In a previous article, we learned 5 reasons to meditate from Brian Johnson. In today’s article, we are going to learn 5 more reasons to meditate from Pema Chodron. These are more like qualities we can develop in our meditation. Brian taught us these 5 reasons to meditate: strengthen your  mind, build willpower, optimize you […]