The Importance of Faith in Buddhism

Sharon Salzberg is a frequent visitor to these pages. She is one of the original founders of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts, along with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield. I think her major contribution to Buddhism in the West is the way she writes about and teachs metta (loving kindness) practices. In these […]

This Very Moment

This is about this very moment. This wonderful moment.  Have you noticed? This week is the solstice: yesterday, to be precise. The shortest day of the year, and the longest night. Typically, it’s a time of clarity and community, introspection and renewal. ‘Tis the season. Time to celebrate the light in darkness. As the Quakers […]

Google Likes Thich Nhat Hanh

In yesterday’s article on The Business of Mindfulness, we learned that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh visited Google just last month. We learned that he would only visit Google if they would offer a day of mindfulness. It is apparent that Google likes Thich Nhat Hanh! He is known as Thay by his hundreds of […]

Even Children Know This!

These words of wisdom come from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) from his book, Being Peace. Even children know this! Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child, there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving. Many children have told me that they cannot show […]

Comments On The Bodhisattva Vows

Yesterday, I presented the Vows of the Bodhisattvas in two versions. One of the versions was from the San Francisco Zen Center and their founder, Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. It goes like this: Beings are numberless. I vow to awaken with them. Delusions are inexhaustible. I vow to end them. Dharma gates are boundless. […]

Don’t Despair – Take Action

The response to Peter Cutler’s article about the bombings in Boston repeated in All You Need Is Love have sparked another very interesting set of comments from other OI members. In particular, Mitchell Ratner, posted an article on the website of the Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center in Washington, D. C. His article, Despair Is the […]

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