What is a Hero?

What is a hero? Do you really know? Is it someone strong and vibrant who goes off and slays your enemies and upholds your friends? Or is it a football quarterback who wins the Super Bows in the last second with his “hail Mary” throw? Christoper McDougall doesn’t think it is any of these.   […]

What the Meditation Masters Say about the Present Moment

This post is about what the masters say about the present moment. Walking in nature can easily bring us back to the present moment when we look at the wonders of life in the natural world. Just think for a moment what got you right here, right now – what causes and conditions had to […]

Freedom from Separateness

The lojong teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are slogans to guide us on our path to freedom from separateness. Pema Chodron is quite well known for her exposition of the lojong teachings. This particular one states, “All dharmas agree at one point.” Dharmas here refer to the happenings in everyday life and living. By practicing this slogan, […]

Meditating with Emotions

These words of wisdom from Pema Chodron teach us about meditating with emotions from her book, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. Read this quote and then see what Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay by his followers) has to say about meditating with emotions. Get Dirty […]

Spiritual Awakening

Last week, Pema Chodron began her 80th year and we wished her a Happy Continuation! She has been pursuing spiritual awakening for more than half of her life! Here is what she says about it: “Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our […]

Pema Chodron Turned 79!

A lot is happening in the world of Buddhism and yoga these days! With the Dalai Lama turning 80, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh being treated for his stroke at UCSF (near my home), and Swami Veda Bharati passing away I think it is high time to launch the Indiegogo campaign! Just a couple of […]

We All Have Everything We Need

In this video, Pema Chodron tells Oprah that we all have everything we need. This is reminiscent of what Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, We are already blessed with everything we need to be happy there is no need to run, strive or struggle. Pema says, We already have everything we need. There is […]

Unconditional Friendship

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 […]

Pema Chodron Demonstrates the Fundamental Ambiguity of Being Human

These words of wisdom from Pema Chodron demonstrates the fundamental ambiguity of being human. To experience our true nature, we must let go and not struggle or resist change. Change is one of the most fundamental physical laws of the universe. We live in an emerging universe where nothing is static. Under the influence of […]

Pema Chodron’s Story

Pema Chodron is one of the most beloved teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. She runs the Gampo Abby in Nova Scotia. Her many books have been treasured by thousands if not millions of people. She became a nun in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. I believe that this story come from her […]

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