Meditation

  • Contemplate the Body, Free the Mind Paid Member

    When meditators' minds have reached genuine happiness in the dhamma through their mindfulness and discernment, clearly seeing the four noble truths, none of them—not one—will revert to looking for happiness in the world or in material things. That's because happiness in the dhamma is a lasting happiness: solid, refined, and genuinely pure. If you compare worldly happiness with the happiness of the dhamma, you'll see that there's not even the least real happiness to it. It offers nothing but stress, nothing but drawbacks. So why do we think it's happiness? Because we're burning with pain. We look to worldly happiness and pleasures to relieve the pain, which then goes away for a while but then comes back again. More »
  • The School for Compassionate Action Paid Member

    Recently I helped with a video shoot for an upcoming Tricycle Retreat with yoga and meditation teacher Jill Satterfield. Because Jill's teachings—a unique synthesis of yoga and Buddhism—have more of a physical element to them than most of the retreats we've hosted, she had a group of her students join her to engage in the practices and demonstrate restorative yoga poses. It was very inspiring, Jill and her students are clearly a closely bonded group of dedicated practitioners.During the shoot, I was very happy to learn about the The School for Compassionate Action, a non-profit organization which Jill recently founded. The School's mission is to provide "meditation, yoga, and education for communities in need and those who serve them."From schoolforcompassionateaction.org, More »
  • How To Relate to Anger Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the second talk, "The Five Hindrances: Desire and Aversion," of her Tricycle Retreat: When we step back and re-vision our understanding of life then we don't need to get so lost in our anger. When we look at anger as it arises, what's important is to look at the very feeling, flavor, and texture of anger. We don't say, "This is wrong," "This is bad," "I shouldn't have this anger." Just pay attention to the feeling. More »
  • Spring is Hers: Beginning Now is Everything Paid Member

    On the Sundays of April 17 and May 8 at 10am, Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace will be giving meditation instruction and talks on the life and poetry of Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875) at the Japan Society in New York. Myotai Sensei will be placing a particular emphasis on Rengetsu’s poems of resilience and new beginnings, and on the transformative capabilities of meditation, poetry, and art as spiritual practice.For ticket information, click here or call the Japan Society at (212) 715-1258. Myotai Sensei's website: 108 bowlsFurther reading: "The Sword Disappears in the Water" by Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace More »
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton told meditation is key to a happy union Paid Member

    via the London Evening Standard, The first Buddhist monk to be invited to a royal wedding has advised Prince William and Kate Middleton to meditate daily for a happy marriage.The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, the most senior Buddhist monk in Britain, said that would help them get through any marital difficulties.He said: "Discuss your problems and meditate together each morning to empty the mind of all your problems."Mr Seelawimala, 55, who is head priest at the London Buddhist Vihara in Chiswick, has been invited to join the 1,700-strong congregation at Westminster Abbey on April 29.But the head of Britain's 150,000 Buddhists also warned the couple to "set an example", reminding them that they were role models. More »
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn on the Healing Power of Mindfulness Paid Member

    On October 6th at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, renowned scientist, writer, and meditation teacher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn will be giving a talk titled  “Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: The Healing Power of Mindfulness,” as part of the Lynn Lecture series.  Tickets can be purchased here. The event has been organized by the Los Angeles affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization dedicated to supporting breast cancer research. More »