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Foundations Of Buddhist Thought – The Transformation Of Suffering

The Buddha was born with the name Siddhārtha Gautama sometime  around 563 BC in the small kingdom of the Shakya republic in what is now known as the town of Lumbini in Napal. His father was Śuddhodana, King of the Shakya clan. His mother, Queen Maha Maya, died during childbirth and he was raised by […]

The Art Of Suffering

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh gave a dharma talk on Sunday, March 10  in Plum Village, France in Upper Hamlet. The topic of his talk was the art of suffering. He said that we have many books on the art of happiness and we need a book on the art of suffering. We know that we cannot avoid […]

What Is The Difference Between Pain And Suffering?

I found this wonderful video on the Buddhist Geeks site and on YouTube. In the video, Kelly McGonigal says that pain is not suffering. Dr. Kelly McGonigal is senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). She is also author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It […]

Meditation Practices to Reduce Suffering

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people. He is also probably the most inspiring teacher of meditation practices to reduce suffering. The Tibetan people have suffered tremendously at the hands of the Chinese and those in exile had to leave everything behind. Yet, they seem to have a positive […]

Words of Wisdom for June 02, 2024

Dear Friends: It’s the biggest thing; it’s what we need to get about life. Nothing outside my head is a problem. Nothing. All problems only, ever, exist inside my head. If I can get that, then I know where I want to focus. I want to end the suffering””the tyranny, the misery, the agony””where it […]

Words of Wisdom for May 29, 2024

Dear Friends: OF COURSE! Of course egocentrickarmicconditioning/self-hate is challenging to deal with. That’s why we practice! We can’t take that on or take it personally. Ego is what it is and does what it does. If we are unconscious to it, it will provide for us a lifetime of suffering. If we see it for […]

Words of Wisdom for May 28, 2024

Dear Friends: “In the course of coming to understand reality, we confront increasingly deeper concepts about who we are, concepts that form the foundations of our suffering. Our belief that our body is the same body as the one we had in childhood generates all kinds of suffering. But the deeper problem is that we […]

Mindfulness Mentoring

A Mindfulness Mentoring session is a opportunity for your to delve deeply into your mindfulness practice in a way that inspires you to be more comfortable with the difficulties and enjoyment that you experience. It is not necessarily a "teaching experience" although some instruction is likely to take place. It is an opportunity for you […]

Embodied Self-Compassion

On Wednesday, May 1, I was leading the Mindfulness In Healing Sangha and welcomed two relatively new people to our sangha. Based on an earlier experience with a person I am mentor, I decided to teach my personal method of embodied self-compassion. I have been practicing this way for many years now and felt the […]

Words of Wisdom for April 11, 2024

Dear Friends: We have to grasp what we’re doing here; we have to grasp the magnitude of this outrageous thing we’re taking on. We are ending suffering. Hardly anyone born will do that. Most people will never even know it’s possible. But we do. We know it’s possible AND, most extraordinary of all, we have […]