Meditation

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    Can meditation be bad for you? Paid Member

    Newspapers and magazines are full of stories about the positive effects of meditation practice, so it was only a matter of time before we'd begin reading about about its perils. The Vancouver Sun's Douglas Todd writes today that New York psychoanalyst Micheal Eigen and philosopher Ken Wilbur, both meditators, express concern about meditation's potential ill effects. Can contemplative practice feed our narcissism and mask serious problems? Can it cut us off from our feelings and cause us to lose touch with others? After reading Eigen's book, The Psychoanalytic Mystic (1998), the Vancouver Sun's Douglas Todd has been inspired to ask: More »
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    Norman Fischer: "For the Time Being" Paid Member

    The New York Times hosts a blog called "Happy Days," and Buddhists have been turning up there lately. This isn't surprising. As the Times explains, it's about the "search for contentment": The severe economic downturn has forced many people to reassess their values and the ways they act on them in their daily lives. For some, the pursuit of happiness, sanity, or even survival, has been transformed. Happy Days is a discussion about the search for contentment in its many forms — economic, emotional, physical, spiritual — and the stories of those striving to come to terms with the lives they lead. More »
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    Blasphemous reading material Paid Member

    Upon finishing a recent retreat overseas, I found myself with a day to kill in London. After attending the requisite West End theater production and wandering along the Thames, the thought of a six-hour flight prompted me to pick up a book. Stepping into an overpriced Borders lookalike, I walked straight to the psychology section and picked up The Freud Reader, edited by Peter Gay. Whether ironically or expectedly, the retreat itself motivated this purchase (which I had already been planning covertly for several days). Sitting with a large group of my fellow sufferers for a week affirmed more than anything the futility of efforts to escape reality with pious discipline, though I think that's what we were all secretly hoping for. More »
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    Daily Dharma, August 3rd, 2009 - When is the Perfect Time to Practice? Paid Member

    The perfect time to practice is right now—not tomorrow or next week or when you're less busy, but right now. Nothing is lacking now: The dharma is wide open. All the "if-onlys" in the world are just excuses that keep you from meeting this moment. - Dairyu Michael Wenger, Tricycle Winter 2004 More »
  • Feeding Your Demons Paid Member

    We all have demons. They're not nasty ghouls or goblins or things with horns—they're worse. In "Feeding Your Demons," from the Summer 2008 Tricycle, Tsultrim Allione describes them this way: Demons are our obsessions and fears, feelings of insecurity, chronic illnesses, or common problems like depression, anxiety, and addiction. Feeding our demons rather than fighting them may seem to contradict the conventional approach of attacking and attempting to eliminate that which assails us, but it turns out to be a remarkable alternative and an effective path to liberation from all dichotomies. More »
  • Daily Dharma, July 24th, 2009 - Sogyal Rinpoche on Meditation Paid Member

    When I meditate, I am always inspired by this poem by Nyoshul Khenpo: Rest in natural great peace This exhausted mind Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought, Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves In the infinite ocean of samsara. Rest in natural great peace. Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature. Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of Clear Seeing. More »