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 […]

Teachings on Interbeing

The teachings on interbeing (the interconnectedness of all things) have been seen on these pages for more than four years now, and a couple of recent documentaries made these teachings very to me. One of these documentaries is The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, which traces the flow of genes and the migration of […]

Hope, Faith and Love

This lovely poem on the subject of hope, faith and love came to me from Lama Surya Das and I am truly grateful. It embeds some wonderful teachings about what we can accomplish in our lives, what is true and beautiful and how we are interdependent on others for our happiness. Nothing worth doing is […]

The Leopard Roars!

“The Leopard Roars!” was shared with me by Lama Surya Das yesterday. I was so moved by it that I did some further research and found Rabbi Arthur Waskow‘s blog. The leopard locked in the cage of liturgy was definitely my experience growing up in a conservative synagogue in St. Louis. This feeling was definitely […]

Happy Thanksgiving on this Wonderful Day of Gratitude

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving on this wonderful day of gratitude. My feeling is that everyday is a day of thanksgiving! We have everything we need to be happy in the present moment, as Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches. We should practice gratitude every day of our lives, morning […]

Meant to Answer God’s Call

I just received this beautiful prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu from Lama Surya Das. If you don’t believe in God, you can substitute words like buddhanature, the cosmos, the universe, or the higher power. In any case, we are called into the midst of human suffering. This is the role of the bodhisattva – to […]

Let the Thought or Feeling Go

These words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das teach us how to let the thought or feeling go. This works especially well when we allow ourselves to breathe in and breathe out and remove the object from our mind. This is reminiscent of Linji‘s directive to remove the object. The object, of course, is the […]

The Natural State of Things

Once again, we have words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das on the natural state of things. I find this quote to be very compelling. We are often taught that mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness of the present moment and to experience life just as it is, in the natural state of things. Dzogpa Chenpo is […]

We Are All Buddhas

These words of wisdom are once again from Lama Surya Das. They came in an email about a week ago announcing and event titled Natural Meditation and the Practice of Presencing: Integrating Spirituality into Everyday Life in Wilmington, NC on September 12, 2014. I’d love to be there. We are all Buddhas by nature, we […]

Dharma Talk by Lama Surya Das

This fragment of a dharma talk by Lama Surya Das came to me by email last week. Many lines in it support my rantings about meditation practices. I hope you enjoy this. “Dear Friends and Countrymen, lend me your tears and fears: Let me carry them for you. I have not come to praise you […]