• Buddhist Thank-You Cards Paid Member

    In a 1988 interview with Rolling Stone, the late actor and comedian Robin Williams opened up about finding gratitude for life’s hardships, including his recent divorce and the death of his father. After one of the most difficult years of his life, Williams said, he found a way to be thankful.   “Someone said I should send out Buddhist thank-you cards,” he said, “since Buddhists believe that anything that challenges you makes you pull yourself together.” More »
  • 5 Things I Miss About Being A Hardcore Meditator Paid Member

    When 2015 dawned, I thought it would be a great year for total liberation. Specifically, mine. So I committed myself to becoming a hardcore meditator.  I found a teacher, became a one-on-one student, and began doing at least 90 minutes of Vipassana a day. It was rough. I’d been an underachieving Buddhist for a long time and the total immersion was a shock. I told myself to tough it out; I told myself it was get enlightened or die tryin’.  I chickened out after six months. My practice got to a point where I dreaded the cushion and the highly rigorous meditation technique. After years of laziness, I was suddenly overwhelmed and my life went sideways. I tried to get way too serious, way too fast. More »
  • Mindfulness at Moonshine Hollow Paid Member

    The locals call it Moonshine Hollow, or Mooner's Hollow, partly because of the haunting character of the moonlight in this small, isolated valley. It forces you to pay attention to the thousand shades of shadow and light you'd never thought to distinguish before. The phenomenon has something to do with the curvature of the ravine here, as light reflects off stone cliffs above and the lithe, white limbs of sycamore trees below. Whatever accounts for it, Moonshine Hollow is well named. More »
  • Wise View Paid Member

    Rodney Smith, from the third talk, "The Practice of Selfnessness," from his ongoing Tricycle Retreat,   Wise View is a restatement of what life is. We say, "Life is more connected than it appears or has appeared to me in the past." This new view holds a sense on interconnectedness as its base.  More »
  • The Platform for Insight Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the fourth talk of her Tricycle Retreat on the Five Hindrances: The Five Hindrances are:-Desire or Attachment-Aversion (Anger or Fear)-Sleepiness or Sluggishness-Restlessness-DoubtThe main effort we make is to be mindful of them, to use that mindfulness as the platform for insight and understanding, and also to deepen our sense of compassion for ourselves in the face of these states, which we cannot control and are all workable. We don't need to be afraid of our own experience. Instead, we can see what's happening very clearly and can have tremendous kindness for ourselves and ultimately for others. More »
  • Doubt: Help or Hindrance? Paid Member

    Sharon Salzberg, from the fourth talk, "The Five Hindrances: Doubt," of her Tricycle Retreat: More »