True Love Is Made Of Understanding

My teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, is constantly reinforcing the experience that true love is make of understanding. This teaching is simple and profound. If we don’t understand our beloved, how can there be true love? We must develop the willingness and capacity to understand the person we love. True love requires us to […]

Invoking Blessings of Medicine Buddhas

With so many of my friends and my wife suffering from illnesses or injuries, I think it is time for invoking blessings of Medicine Buddhas. The Medicine Buddha is the supreme light of Lapis lazuli. Yakushi (the Medicine Buddha) is the Bodhisattva doctor. He holds a medicine jar in his hand and is attended by […]

To Desire What You Don’t Have is to Waste What You Do Have

“To desire what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.” This mantra was repeated over and over to our children as the grew up. They would always want more clothes, more toys, more shiny objects, more chocolate, and much more, as children often do. This was my wife’s favorite saying to calm […]

Gayatri Mantra

Swami Rama taught and now  Swami Veda Bharati teachs the Gaitri Mantra. The translation rendered by Swami Vivekananda on Wikipedia is, “We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlightens our minds.” The basic meditation practices that I learned from Swami Vivekananda from the Chicago Vedanta Center, Swami […]

Chanting Om Namah Shivaya

The Chanting Om Namah Shivaya was one of the first chants I learned. It is a traditional yogic mantra. The translation is basically adoration or homage to lord Shiva, the destroyer god of Hinduism. I learned it from Swami Rama and Dr. Arya (Swami Veda Bharati) many years ago. Swami Rama also taught me a […]

Giving is the Best Communication

This video shows us how giving is the best communication. It is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi said, “Make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, harmony; Where there is error, truth; Where there is doubt, […]

Natural Mantra Meditation

Natural mantra meditation creates clear states of mind by labeling our experience by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu. When we notice a pain in our body, the mantra becomes, “pain.” We feel angry with our boy friend or girl friend and the mantra we use is “anger.” We think about what we have to do when we get […]

The Jewel in the Lotus

The video below is an elegant way to practice “The Jewel In The Lotus.” It is a mantra of four syllables repeated over and over. You may have witnessed the Dalai Lama or some of his monk chanting this in other videos. The words of the mantra are “Om Mani Padme Hum.” Once you master […]

Many Types of Mindfulness Meditation

In this article, I am going to review Dr. Philippe Goldin‘s Google Talk from March 1, 2008. I have already posted the video as Meditation Practices: How Do They Affect The Brain? My purpose in this article is to extract one of the slides from the video and expand on it from the point of view […]