The Divine Now

Living life in the divine now, the present moment is taught by all spiritual teachers from all traditions. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says, “My path is the path of stopping, the path of enjoying the present moment. It is a path where every step brings me back to my true home. It is a […]

Your Life Is Your Message

Eknath Easwaran was an Indian spiritual teacher from the last century. He knew Gandhi and was his contemporary. Eknath Easwaran wrote a book about Gandhi called Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World. Gandhi was known for having days of silence. Here is a story about one of those days. […]

Highest Kind of Happiness

These words of wisdom from Shaila Catherine express the highest kind of happiness – the happiness equanimity. Shaila Catherine is the founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation South Bay and author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. What she says about the highest kind of […]

Bodh Gaya

In 1975, I visited Bodh Gaya. My daughter was there in 2011 and did a ten day vipassana retreat in the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Bodh Gaya is the center of Buddhist activity for the whole world. It was the place where the Buddha had his great enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Check out […]

What Christianity is Missing

Today is my continuation day! I am celebrating with my wife, son, and daughter. We will spend some of the time in the lovely Napa Valley. Just eleven days ago, my wife and I returned from a wonderful gastronomic tour of the Catalan region of Spain. We spent ten nights in Barcelona, where my other […]

Vipassana Meditation Day 3

The video in this article is from S. N. Goenka’s Dhamma Discourses on Vipassana Meditation Day 3. This follows after the Vipassana Meditation Day 2 and Vipassana Meditation Day 1 that we presented on June 30, 2014 and July 20, 2014, respectively. In the video from the first day, we learned that awareness of breathing […]

Vipassana Meditation Day 2

The video in this article is from the Dhamma Discourses of Vipassana Meditation day 2 as taught by S. N. Goenka. This follows from the Dhamma Discourses of Vipassana Meditation day 1 that we presented on June 30, 2014. In the video from day 1, we learned about the preliminary practices of vipassana meditation which mostly […]

Vipassana Meditation Day 1

Satya Narayan Goenka, also known as S. N. Goenka, was the foremost lay teacher of Vipassana meditation of our time. He was the foundational teacher of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and many other people that have appeared on these pages. His ten day vipassana meditation course is responsible for the popularity and growth […]

Loving Kindness Meditation Chant

This video presents a nice loving kindness meditation chant. It is chanted by the famous vipassana meditation teacher, S. N. Goenka at the end of each session of his 10 day meditation retreats. Metta is the Pali (ancient Indian language) word for loving-kindness. Together with compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity or inclusiveness, they make of […]