19 Reasons Why Pope Francis Is Time Magazine Person Of The Year

This is the text of an email I received from a friend of mine in the dharma. I am reproducing it here because I was so moved by the actions of Pope Francis. There are 19 reasons why Pope Francis is Time Magazine Person of the Year: I hope this Pope lives forever !!! Pope […]

The Third Precious Jewel

These words of wisdom are from my teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers. It is about the third precious jewel of Buddhism, the Sangha. The other two jewels are the Buddha and the Dharma. When a person takes refuge in the three jewels, he or she is declaring his or […]

The Next Buddha May Be A Sangha

The Weekly Words of Wisdom chosen by Lama Surya Das were spoken by my teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. I have heard him say many times over the years of practice with him that the next Buddha may be a sangha – a community of practitioners working together to bring peace, love, and joy to […]

When The Iron Bird Flies

In the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava prophesied When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth. The way I heard it is, “When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the dharma [Buddha’s teachings] will come to the West”. […]

Mindfulness Practices of the Three Refuges

For as long as there have been Buddhists, there have been the three refuges, also known as the three jewels. There have also been the meditation practices of the three refuges. Remember – the Buddha was not a Buddhist! When you practice the three refuges, you take refuge in the Buddha, the dharma, and the […]