All You Need Is Love

Peter Cutler is another OI1 friend with whom I’ve communicated many times. He is a radical health coach who works with cancer patients and other people with chronic diseases. It seems like we are in the same business! He sent out a lovely posting on the OI discussion board on Wednesday after the bombings in […]

2500 Years Of Social Revolution

This quote by Roshi Joan Halifax came to me by email in December. This ties in with The Story of the Buddha from earlier this week and reflects on 2500 years of social revolution. Also, I have been listening to a podcast by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in which he talked about how the Buddha […]

The Milkweed Cure For My Skin Cancer

Since I had cancer in 1997, I’ve learned that healthy cells grow all by themselves if we let them. We can help them by being mindful of our breathing and being mindful of our body. Mindfulness in healing, along with exercise, proper nutrition, and sound sleep are splendid ways to keep your body in top […]

Change Your Mind Change Your World Conference

The Change Your Mind Change Your World Conference is to be held on May 15 at the Overture Center for the Arts, Overture Hall in Madison, Wisconsin. The event is being co-hosted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Waisman Center […]

The Science Of Yoga And Healing

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn spoke with Dr. Kelly McGonigal last night in San Francisco in the Herbst Auditorium on The Science of Yoga and healing. The conversation was both entertaining and exciting. I was extremely impressed by the humility of the speakers, especially Jon Kabat-Zinn. I had seen him speak twice before and didn’t get the same feeling. […]

This Abundant World

A lot of people are caught in the feeling of scarcity. They don’t realize they live in a world of abundance. Scarcity is an obstacle to understanding this abundant world. My teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, is always telling us that we all have everything we need to be happy now in the present […]

True Giving

I received this quote from Roshi Joan Halifax. She is the abbot of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. She sent this to me as part of her holiday greetings. True giving is not an economic exchange; it is a generative act. It does not subtract from what we have; it multiples the […]

Deep Listening and Loving Speech Are Meditation Practices

Deep listening and loving speech are the foundations of our meditation practices at the Mindfulness in Healing support group that takes place at the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo, California every Wednesday night. The group has been meeting now for more than three years. Last night, we had a especially touching gathering. After spending […]

Happy Birthday Roshi Joan Halifax

Open Letter to Roshi Joan Halifax Dear Roshi: We met in 1997 at the Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) retreat in Santa Barbara sitting under a tree with a group of people. Maybe we will meet again in 2013 when Thay comes to Santa Cruz. You might remember me as having just been diagnosed with bladder […]

Practicing Right Speech – Roshi Joan Halifax

The article that contains the source material for this post about practicing right speech comes from the Upaya Institute and Zen Center blog. Roshi Joan Halifax is the founder and leader of Upaya. She is also a dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, so you can expect to see a […]

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