How to Transform Suffering into an Opportunity for Growth

Here we have more words of wisdom from Robert Emmons. This lesson is on how to transform suffering into an opportunity for growth. He quotes Abraham Maslow, who we heard from recently in The Creative Spirit Of The Self-Actualizer last month. It continues on the gratitude theme from A Gratitude Practice to Increase Happiness from […]

Take Refuge in Yourself

The Buddha teaches us to take refuge in yourself. Taking refuge in yourself gives you the strength to be just as you are, without having to impress anyone else or kowtow to anyone else. You become an island unto yourself. Oneself is one’s own protector (refuge) indeed, What other protector (refuge) can there be? With […]

Theta Healing for Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Wellness

This teaching on Theta Healing for emotional, physical and spiritual wellness came to me from David, a member of the Mindflness in Healing sangha. David spoke at length about it last Wednesday. Theta Healing® is an energy technique that allows us to identify and unlock limiting subconscious beliefs that may contribute and block your path […]

How to Invite the Bell

I go to many Buddhist events and everywhere, someone becomes the bell master and invites the bell. I listen to many dharma talks by many different dharma teachers and they often invite the bell. However, I have never come across another teacher who is as wonderful a bell master as Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. […]

Gratitude is Passive Energy

These words of wisdom from Masaru Emoto teach us that gratitude is passive energy, while love tends to be more active energy. While gratitude is one of the cornerstones of our practice, love is the foundation. We experience love for the Buddha – the one who shows us the way in this life. We experience […]

Nine Factors for Radical Remission

These nine factors for radical remission came to my attention twice last week. The first encounter was with a friend who I met for tea. David showed me the list of nine factors for radical remission after I told him about the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing and showed him the diagram. These seven […]

The Healing Power of Sangha

This article on the Healing Power of Sangha1 is a follow up of the previous article on Building a Beloved Community. It is based on one of the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing and the research of Dr. Lissa Rankin, M. D. from her book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal […]

Building a Beloved Community

For the past six years, I have been building a beloved community. The community is the Mindfulness in Healing sangha which meets on Wednesday nights at the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo, California from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. This beloved community has changed a lot over the years. My original concept when it began […]

How to Visualize Uncle Monk

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 […]

Forest Bathing

Today is  November 7, 2014. I arrive at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center snuggled in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I walk in the woods a bit and realize I am forest bathing. The joy I feel being there is enhanced by the early morning sunlight streaming through the trees. The canopy […]