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Buddhist practice begins with mindfulness of the body
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    A Life Too Long Paid Member

    On an autumn day in 2007, while I was visiting from northern California, my mother made a request I dreaded and longed to fulfill. She’d just poured me a cup of tea from her Japanese teapot; beyond the kitchen window, two cardinals splashed in her birdbath in the weak Connecticut sunlight. Her white hair was gathered at the nape of her neck, and her voice was low. She put a hand on my arm. “Please help me get your father’s pacemaker turned off,” she said. I met her eyes, and my heart knocked.  More »
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    DNA Sutra Paid Member

    It began with a rush of blood. Then came fear, and curiosity. Were there dangers hidden in my genes? Clues about my future, even my death? Was my “self,” my personality, programmed into my genome? Penetrate completely the matter of birth and death, says the traditional Zen instruction. Somehow I imagined it might be easier to let go of “body and mind,” as Zen master Dogen instructed, if I knew that both of those phenomena had been constructed genetically. Most of our ancestors are forgotten, faceless and nameless. But they left their genes, and some left their words. I searched through those words and genes, expecting to see in them the familiar face of a hero or victim from the old stories. I glimpsed that face. But I saw something else, too. I saw the face of a persecutor, a killer. I saw a stranger’s face. My face. More »
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    Begin with the Breath Paid Member

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    Meditation in Motion Paid Member

    Meditation in Motion is a way of practicing being present by being in our body, wherever it is and whatever it is doing. When we are exactly where our body is, we are in the present moment. The body isn’t in the past or future, it’s not conceptual or imagined; it’s part of nature and contains all of nature’s elements. It houses our awareness, is shaped by our stories, thoughts, and emotions, and holds our memories within its tissues. The body is our house—and how we live in it and where we occupy it are uniquely ours, as well as being part of the common human experience. The body is a treasure trove and an exquisite vehicle for our practice of waking up and being with what is. 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 »
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    Qigong for meditators Paid Member

    To watch videos of Teja Bell demonstrating qigong postures, click here. Videos produced and directed by Calder McCall.   More »