Mindful Advocacy for Mother Earth

Mindful Advocacy for Mother Earth was the topic of the workshop on the evening after Sister Mai Nghiem‘s dharma talk on Nurturing Practices. There were four panelists: Laura Hunter, Heather Mann, Nomi Green and me, all members of the Earth Holder Sangha as well as the Order of Interbeing (OI). This video was filmed by […]

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’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 […]

Giving And Receiving

Many years ago, while listening to a talk by Pema Chodron, I heard her say something about a Tibetan practice called tonglen. A loose translation of tonglen is “giving and receiving.” Even a couple of years ago, I attended a concert in Oakland, California in which one of the artists played the piano and sang […]

A Lovely Poem By Merrit Malloy

During an elaborate discussion online with fellow OI1 members, one member offered a lovely poem by Merrit Malloy. The poem was offered in response to a thread of emails prompted by an article that appeared in the Guardian on April 7, 2013 in which Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is consulting with high officials in the British government […]

The Milkweed Cure For My Skin Cancer

Since I had cancer in 1997, I’ve learned that healthy cells grow all by themselves if we let them. We can help them by being mindful of our breathing and being mindful of our body. Mindfulness in healing, along with exercise, proper nutrition, and sound sleep are splendid ways to keep your body in top […]

Mahamudra Meditation Practices

I have not read too much about Mahamudra meditation practices. Sometimes articles appear in Shambhala Sun, Tricycle or Buddhadharma – all magazines I subscribe to. It is used in just about all forms of Tibetan meditation practices and much has been written about it. An Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation by The Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe […]