• Martine Batchelor on Breaking Bad Habits, Week 3 Paid Member

    It's Week 3 of Martine Batchelor's Tricycle Retreat, "Break Your Addictive Patterns." Martine, a former nun in the Korean Zen tradition, teaches meditation techniques to free the mind from the deep and well-worn channels in which it usually dwells. Meditative techniques can open up untapped mental resources and allow us to creatively engage our problems and find new solutions and move us away from limited reactions that keep us locked into the same old patterns. More »
  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Ricky Williams Paid Member

    Ricky Williams was a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy winner before exploding onto the scene in the National Football League in 1999. His early promise was dampened by fans' confusion with his eccentric behavior, not to mention a failed drug test or two. But despite the disappointments and uneven play over the years, Williams has remained a fan favorite and his smallest action makes headlines. So why isn't anyone coming to his meditation class? More »
  • Self-mummifying meditator Paid Member

    Wisdom Quarterly points us to a YouTube video featuring Tibetan tumo practitioners drying wet sheets on their bare bodies in cool temperatures. All the while a Harvard professor discusses the wonders of meditation, tumo practice—a  technique through which meditators raise the surface temperature of their skin—being just one of them. More »
  • Green Buddhism, Basketball, Gary Gach, and Stephen Batchelor Paid Member

    Green Buddhism James Ure's Buddhist Blog looks at Green Buddhism. With the ongoing horrors of the BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental concerns weigh heavily on us all. James calls the environment "the ultimate middle-path." Similarly Clark Strand's recent columns for describe the way of the Green Bodhisattva, a description of the environmentally awake Buddhist. Clark will continue to write for us on this urgently important matter. Look for his next piece on Green Koans on next week. Garden of 1000 Buddhas More »
  • Weekend Challenge: Train Your Mind Paid Member

    "Train your mind" may seem to be an almost unmanageable command. Many of us are controlled by our minds rather than the other way around. We know to try to not be anxious or worried, but these feelings keep us awake at night. Likewise, we may not wish to judge others but many of us do regardless. We often feel too powerless to control our minds. In the words of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the son of Chögyam Trungpa, “our minds seem so inflexible.” The problem with this is, as he points out, “A society of hard and inflexible minds is a society that is incapable of nurturing the flowers of love and compassion.” Yet the goal of trained mind is not as unachievable as we may at first be lead to believe. More »
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    Shinzen Young on Meditation and Psychotherapy Paid Member

    Both meditation and therapy emphasize self-awareness. In meditation, however, one develops extraordinary states of concentration that allow for the examination of subjective experience at a microscopic level. Ordinarily, therapy doesn’t develop that kind of detailed awareness. Using the analogy of anatomy, therapy clarifies gross anatomical systems, but meditation gets you down to the cellular level. This quantitative difference in concentration leads to a qualitative difference in outcome. Meditation has the potential to place you in direct contact with the spiritual nature of experience—24/7! - Shinzen Young, "The Point of Contact" Fall 2005 Click here to read the complete article. More »