Taking Care of Anger

At a recent meeting of our Mindfulness In Healing sangha (meditation group) we discussed the Mindfulness Training #6, Taking Care of Anger. This training reads, Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are committed to taking care of the energy of anger when it arises, recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that […]

The Root of All Evil

Many people think that money is the root of all evil, but the Buddha teaches something totally different in the Mula (or Root) Sutta (Sutra). In this sutra, the Buddha asks, “In what are all phenomena rooted?” and, as in all sutras, he answers his own question. Thanissara (Mary Weinberg), a former nun in the […]

Inner and Outer Purpose

Yesterday, we learned a lot about volition and what we want to do in our lives – our inner and outer purpose. Mostly, as spiritual seekers, our inner and outer purpose may not be that obvious to us. Eckart Tolle tells us what Einstein wanted to accomplish and tells us why we are confused: “I […]

What Is The Nature Of Perception

Continuing with the teachings of the Buddha that are coming forward in the scientific community, we ask, “What is the nature of perception?” According to the teachings of Buddhism, most of our suffering is caused by wrong perceptions. Perception is the third of the Five Aggregates – form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness. These […]

Focusing On The Body

These words of wisdom are for focusing on the body. They were taught by Dr. Eugene Gendlin, a philosopher and psychotherapist who was very influential in my life. He was a protege of Carl Rogers. He is known for his development of a phenomenological approach to therapy which he called focusing. “Focusing shows how to […]

The Problem Of Consciousness

The problem of consciousness is probably the most difficult problem in biology, physics, and mathematics today. This video features Dr. Christof Koch, a professor of biology and engineering at Caltech and author of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist. He is also the Chief Scientific Officer for the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, […]