We Cannot Escape Impermanence

One of the so-called “remembrances” contains the statement, “We cannot escape impermanence.” This is recited daily in monasteries around the world. This article is about the advice that I recently gave to a colleague when she was troubled with the law of change. Consider this wisdom teaching from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh from my […]

RAIN and the 5 A’s

How do you choose between RAIN and the 5 A’s? Keep reading to find out what the RAIN and 5 A method is and how to use them to improve your mental well-being in trying situations and in everyday life. What is RAIN? RAIN is an acronym for a mindfulness meditation practice that brings awareness […]

Daily Practice

I want to share with you the details of my daily practice. These practices nourish me year after year and continue to be the source of my health and well-being. After I awaken, I log on to Insight Timer and begin my morning practice. I often listen to guided meditations to help me become centered and […]

Sleep Strategies

Sleep is one of the most important elements of health. Many people don’t get enough sleep or struggle to get a good night’s rest. Meditation and mindfulness are great tools to overcome these boundaries. The following sleep strategies are from a course taught by Jeremy Lipkowitz, an international meditation teacher and mindfulness coach based in Chiang […]

The 3 I’s

One of my main meditation practices of the day is to identify the “3 I’s” and what they continue to teach me. Read this article and see if it makes sense to you. Then you can begin to practice the  “3 I’s”. Before we go into this, let me describe the practice that brings me […]

Non-self

The Buddha’s original teaching on non-self is based on the five aggregates, skandas, of form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness. He claims that form in not self, feelings are not self, perceptions are not self, mental formations are not self and consciousness is not self because they are impermanent and they cannot stand by […]

The Government’s Reaction to Covid-19

I believe that the government’s reaction to Covid-19 was irresponsible, late and smells of incompetence. For example, the pandemic warning was broadcast by the outbreak risk software, Bluedot, on December 31, 2019 and was completely ignored by the powers that be. This is just one of the many shortcomings, lies and cover-ups in the president […]

American JuBu

In the current issue (Spring 2020) of Tricycle Magazine, there is a review article about Emily Sigalow’s new book, “American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change.” I was deeply moved by this review to the extent of making a comment. Here is what I wrote: I was brought up in a conservative kosher home in […]

Gratitude Prompts

In all of my teachings and learnings, one of the most important in my current life has been the practice of gratitude. Every night for so many years I have been recognizing at least three things I am grateful for each day. More often than not, there are many more than three things. For example, […]

“The Happiest Man in the World”

Last Thursday night, my wife and I attended a fund raising event for the American Himalayan Foundation with guest speaker, Matthieu Ricard, “The happiest man in the world!” Matthieu Ricard has a PhD in biochemistry and became a monk in the Tibetan tradition shortly after receiving it. He is also a humanitarian, advocating altruism and […]

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