Mindful Reframing

The art of mindful reframing is an important aspect of mindfulness practice. It allows us to embrace our suffering by looking deeply into the causes and conditions of our situation. We examine our suffering in the light of our loving connected presence or self-kindness, interbeing, and mindfulness. These are the elements of self-compassion as taught […]

How To Begin Meditation

Jack Kornfield is one of the foremost meditation teachers in America. Here he teaches us how to begin meditation. He trained as a monk in the Thai Forrest tradition and founded the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. Even though he is one of the most popular teachers his humility, kindness, and compassion are […]

Joanna Macy Talks about The Kingdom of Shambhala

In this lovely video, Joanna Macy talks about The Kingdom of Shambhala as related to her by Choegyal Rinpoche from the Kalachakra Tantra. This talk was recorded at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on January 28, 2014. The teaching she is talking about is the emergence of the Kingdom of Shambhala. She talks about the Shambhala […]

If You Want To Change Your Life…

If you want to change your life, you have to change yourself. So how do you go about doing this? Phillip Moffitt may have some good answers for you. In his DharmaWisdom e-Teaching, which I received today, he talks about fundamental changes, not just job, car, house, etc. He says that according to the eightfold path, […]

Love Letter To The Earth

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay by his beloved followers) and Parallax press have announced the publication date of a new book titled, “Love Letter to the Earth.” The book will be published on Tuesday, June 11. The publication coincides with a meeting of International Vipassana Teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, […]

Fear and Fearlessness

In yesterday’s post, Pema Chodron spoke about fear and fearlessness. Today’s Tricycle Daily Dharma had the following from Pema Chodron: Warm Heart, Clear Mind It’s as if everyone who has ever been born has the same birthright, which is enormous potential of warm heart and clear mind. The ground of renunciation is realizing that we […]

Loving-kindness And Compassion Are The Basis For Action

Sharon Salzberg is one of the founders of Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Her teachings on loving-kindness have been practiced by many people. Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference — in our own lives […]

Eudaimonia Or Nirvana: Which Do You Prefer?

Have you ever heard the word, eudaimonia? I hadn’t heard the word until I listened to Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama for about the third time. During this summer, I am making my way through the 13 tapes of the recording of the book by Daniel Goleman. When Owen Flanagan, a […]

How to Clarify Your Goals

Phillip Moffitt is a recognized vipassana (insight meditation) teacher and outstanding yogi. This teaching on how to clarify your goals is excellent. I have especially enjoyed his teachings on ambivalence, ambiguity, and ambition. I attended these talks about a year ago. He teaches at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA and has his […]