Include All Things

The insight of interbeing tells us to include all things. This inclusiveness pertains to people, animals, plants and minerals all the way down to the smallest atom (hydrogen) and all the up beyond the visible universe. But this is not a new idea as many think. For example, in my interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson […]

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 Great Sleep

The Great Sleep Is that how it is? Resting, lying down, With pure awareness Of my in-breath, my out-breath, Solid and stable. The key to the door Of the four establishments Of mindful awareness Of my body, feelings, consciousness, And thoughts or mental objects, With each breath resting Evermore deeply, Until I am my breathing. […]

Compassion is Essential for Human Survival

Here are some words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama. He teaches us that compassion is essential for human survival. How are we going to help humanity survive through the practice of compassion? We begin with compassion for ourselves. One of the best resources I know for developing self compassion is the ongoing work of […]

Love Letter to Planet Earth

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a love letter to planet Earth. It is in the form of a book that is based on dharma talks he has given in Plum Village and other places. This book is an appeal to political and business leaders for ecological mindfulness and strengthening of our relationship to Mother […]

Bells of Mindfulness

Today is Earth Day, and there is no one I know who is more committed to save Mother Earth than Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He uses the bells of mindfulness to try to wake us up and look deeply at the condition of Mother Earth. In recent years, we have had many mindfulness bells, […]

Pharrell Williams Is Happy

I love this video. Pharrell Williams is Happy! Everyone is happy. People are jumping up and down with joy and  happiness. We all should be doing so. Why, you may ask? Because life exists only the present moment and we have everything we need to be happy. Just look around you. We are the gift […]

Mother Earth Is Inside Of Us

Everyone knows that the Native Americans were very spiritual people and honored Mother Earth in ways the white men never understood in the early history of the United States. By now, hopefully, everyone realizes that mother earth is inside of us. This teaching really goes back to the time of the Buddha and even before. […]

Evidence Based Religion

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers, was interviewed by Jo Confino, and executive editor of the Guardian on December 22, 2011 in Plum Village, Dordogne, France. The interviewer asked, “One of the things that you said in your talk is that the Earth, planet Earth, Mother Earth is not the same […]

Mindful Consumption Can Save Mother Earth

In 1985, I heard Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, “If the West stops drinking alcohol by 50%, there would be enough food to feed the world.” I never was a big drinker, and this statement made sense to me. After his lecture, I no longer shared wine of beer with my 49er or tennis buddies. […]