Daily Dharma

  • Meditation Month, Day 27: Drowsiness Paid Member

    I am very good at falling asleep. This is probably because I am almost always tired. And I'm never more tired than when I meditate. Especially if I meditate at the end of the day, I'm so excited to have 5 or 10 (or if I'm lucky, 20) minutes of nonactivity that I'm immediately in relaxation mode. As soon as I relax, I'm drowsy. As soon as I'm drowsy, my head and body begin to pitch forward; a few minutes after that, I'm lucky if I'm not dead asleep. My mind during meditation: My body during meditation: More »
  • Meditation Month: Day 13 Paid Member

    Lucky day 13. With all the luck from today and all the love accumulating in advance for tomorrow, here's hoping that today is a good day to be a meditator. As for me, I'm not sure yet—I haven't had a chance to practice yet today. But I'm excited to, and I will. Over the weekend I re-read Bhante Henepola Gunaratana's book Mindfulness in Plain English. It was the first book on meditation that I ever read. I love that book. I owe a lot to it. And reading it again made me feel like I did the first time I read it: just so excited. Like a child. More »
  • Heartfelt responses to Norman Fischer's "Into Emptiness" Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma was a quote from Norman Fischer's "Into Emptiness," a moving personal essay about the death of his mother. Gradually, over the course of days and nights, she began to give up everything. First her body became more relaxed, as though it wasn’t hers anymore. Then she stopped having any sense of whether she liked or didn’t like anything. Then she couldn’t tell who anyone was or recognize anything in the room. All of the worries and cares of her life began to mingle in her delirium: her clothes, things she had to do at home or for my father, things at the office where she had worked. One by one she put them down, too. Finally there was only a dim awareness that grew finer and finer as her breath seemed to go more and more deep—more and more inward.... More »
  • Facebook Koan Paid Member

    Yesterday's Daily Dharma... What we call "world" is only an opinion.... Take away your opinion, your condition, situation—then your mind is clear like space... clear like a mirror. A mirror reflects everything: The sky is blue, tree is green, sugar is sweet. Just be one with truth—that's Zen style. If your mind is clear like space, then you see clearly, hear clearly, smell clearly—everything is clear. That is dharma. That is truth. -Zen Master Seung Sahn ...caused a woman to track me down on Facebook and send me this message... More »
  • What kind of Buddhist iPhone app do you want? Paid Member

    For the past few years our Daily Dharma recipients have been clamoring for a Daily Dharma iPhone app; others ask when we'll be coming out with Tricycle for the iPad  (very expensive, and unlike Wired, we're not likely to get Adobe to help us out here). More »
  • Taming Anger Paid Member