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 […]

Aware of Suffering

Gil Fronsdal wrote the wonderful words of wisdom for us to be aware of suffering in Tricycle Magazine recently. He has been practicing in the Soto Zen and Vipassana traditions since 1985 and guides the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California. I have read many of his articles and met him one day several […]

Love By Nyanaponika Thera

Love By Venerable Nyanaponika Thera Love, without desire to possess, knowing well that in the ultimate sense there is no possession and no possessor: this is the highest love. Love, without speaking and thinking of “I”, knowing well that this so-called “I” is a mere delusion. Love, without selecting and excluding, knowing well that to […]

Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana meditation is one of the most popular meditation practices taught in the West. Most of the Vipassana teachers have been trained in Bodh Gaya, India. Silent vipassana meditation retreats last ten day. This video is fairly short and teaches the basics of vipassana meditation. It is taught by Kavita Maharaj. Both my wife and […]

Taking Refuge In Kindness

Taking refuge in kindness is coming home to yourself with a gesture of kindness when you are feeling anxious, lonely, depressed, and down on yourself. Tara Brach teaches us to have a little self-compassion: The way of healing and homecoming begins with what I call “a gesture of kindness.” You might for instance put your […]

Forgiving Ourselves And Others

Last week, I wrote an article titled,  A Wise And Understanding Heart. In this article, I reported on my Bar Mitzvah speech in which I asked God for “A wise and understanding heart to discern between good and evil.” Today, I read an article in Tricycle Magazine about The Power of Forgiveness by Gina Sharpe. […]

Is There A Quickest Path To Enlightenment?

When Shinzen Young is asked, “Is there a quickest path to enlightenment?” he says, “Perhaps, but I don’t think it’s currently known by humanity. In our current stage of spiritual science, different approaches seem to work for different people. That’s why I like to give you folks a wide range of contrasting techniques to choose […]

We Like Pleasant Meditative States

These words of wisdom came Joseph Goldstein in the Tricycle Daily Dharma for August 11, 2013. Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield are the founding fathers of vipassana in the West. He has taught Buddhist meditation worldwide since 1974. A co-founder and guiding teacher of the International Meditation Society (IMS), he also helped envision and establish […]

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, […]