Unconditional Friendship

Pema

Here is another video featuring Pema Chodron. Her teachings are so down to earth because of her upbringing in the US. This video is about unconditional friendship or loving kindness, especially with yourself. We begin with compassion for ourselves. Then we spread this to our family and friends. This is another dose of Pema from […]

Spreading Loving Kindness to All Beings

Loving Kindness

Spreading loving kindness to all beings is something we are all capable of doing without much effort. This is especially effortless when we, ourselves feel the loving kindness coming from within. A simple smile can make someone’s day. A helping hand can brighten someone’s life. There are many ways to do this. Mother Teresa says, […]

When Life is Over

Ruth Denison

Mary Oliver wrote this poem about when life is over. This poem arrived yesterday from Zen Master Cheri Huber in her daily Peace Quote email. When it’s over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms – Mary Oliver […]

A Precious Human Life

Dalai Lama

Here are two nice verses on a precious human life. The first one is from the Dalai Lama. A Precious Human Life Every day, think as you wake up: “Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am […]

The Mindfulness Trainings are not Formulas for Absolute Virtue

The Perfection of Concentration

In these words of wisdom from Hannah Tennant-Moore, we learn that the precepts or the Mindfulness Trainings are not formulas for absolute virtue. Every single one of them, whether we are talking about the Five Mindfulness Trainings or the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing, is relative and depends on what is happening […]

Joy is Great for Your Happiness

joy is source of your smile

Did you know that joy is great for your happiness and health? That’s right! According to Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD in her book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, people who experience a lot of joy in their lives tend to be happier, live longer, and be in better health than […]

How to Visualize Uncle Monk

Thay at Vulture Peak 2008

On Saturday night, I returned home from a short trip to New York to celebrate my son’s engagement and attend his last cabaret performance before he and his fiance move back to the Bay Area at the end of December. While meditating on the plane, I figured out how to visualize Uncle Monk, Zen Master […]

Life is Available Only in the Present Moment

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends: Now that the world knows that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) is in intensive care, it is important to remember one of his major teaching: “Life is available only in the present moment.” Tricycle also picked up on this theme with these words of wisdom from Thay. It is funny that things […]

Taking Care of Our Families

Heart Shaped Rocks

Taking care of our families is just as important as dharma practice. Even though we are taught that “non-attachment is essential,” we must continue to love and support our family members. I find this teaching to be really essential. At a time when many of my friends were attending retreats away from their families, I […]

How to Regard All Beings

Mummy of Huineng

Here is a quote from Huineng on how to regard all beings. Other than the quote, which is from Tricycle.com, this is my recollection of his role in Zen Buddhism. Huineng was the sixth patriarch of Zen. He was born in 638 and died in 713 at the age of 75. He began his spiritual […]