Man is Not the Enemy

With lots of unrest in the world and in the United States about the inauguration we have to remember that man is not the enemy. So who or what is the enemy? I would say that greed, aggression and delusion are the enemy – the three poisons taught by the Buddha. For example, in Tanzania, […]

Moving Towards Forgiveness

Moving towards forgiveness is one of the three practices that lead us to a more happy and blissful life. The other two are gratitude and generosity, which you can learn about by clicking on the links. Of the three practices, forgiveness is probably the most difficult for many people. This is because we hold on […]

The Holy Life

What does it mean to live the holy life? According to David Brooks, it means to live a life of purpose. It means to live a life with moral values. It means to live a life with a sense of gratitude and tranquility and also helping others to do so. “We don’t live for happiness, […]

9 Attitudes for Mindfulness in Daily Life

The following 9 attitudes for mindfulness in daily life are presented in a series of short videos by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Seven of  9 attitudes for mindfulness were presented in the original version of his book, Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. In […]

The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha gives us a unique set of seven actions that we can take each week to experience happiness in our lives. The Happiness Equations itself is very revealing: want nothing (i. e., non-attachment) + do anything (i. e., take action) = have everything (i. e., have everything we need to […]

Nurturing Practices

This article is a summary of a wonderful dharma talk on nurturing practices given by Sister Mai Nghiem, a French nun and Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition. The dharma talk was given on April 29th, 2016 at the Earth Holder Retreat at the Deer Park Monastery last week. I was especially moved by […]

Be a Grateful POET

How can you be a grateful POET if you don’t even know how to write a poem? That’s easy: “When it comes to finding reasons to be grateful—I think of them as avenues of appreciation—it helps to follow a practice I call the POET approach, which stands for People, Opportunities, Experiences, and Things. I put […]

The Bells of Mindfulness from Mother Earth

The polar ice caps are melting. BONG! The sea levels are rising. BONG! The deserts are expanding. BONG! The temperature is rising. BONG! Species are becoming extinct. BONG! Water sources are depleting. BONG! The rainforests are disappearing. BONG! These  bells of mindfulness from Mother Earth are ringing over and over again. Are we listening to […]

The Benefit of Meditation

Where do we look for the benefit of meditation? Is it in our ability to sit for hours at a time and not budge? Is it in our excellent record of retreat attendance? Is it in life itself? Sharon Salzberg tells us… “The place to look for the benefit of meditation is in your life, […]

We Are So Loved

We are so loved by the Universe and the wonders of life that we have everything we need to be happy right now in this very present moment. Here, Lissa Rankin, MD, teaches us some more factors of unconditional love. “One of my friends is in the midst of a dark night of the soul, […]