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    Breath and the Body Paid Member

    Things have changed since the mid-1970s, when I began to study and practice both hatha yoga and Zen Buddhism. Back then, it was common to be told by Zen teachers that all one needed to do was to sit. Zazen was the be-all and end-all of practice, and if one practiced assiduously enough, nothing else was needed - not therapy, not text study, and most certainly not yoga! Despite the ruin of many a good knee, most� More »
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    On The Cushion: Why Sit? Q & A with Lama Surya Das Paid Member

    Sometimes sitting meditation seems useless when so much is going on around us. Is there another way to look at it? It’s true that sometimes meditation can seem like self-indulgent navel-gazing. Isn’t it more important to work for peace and justice, to strive to alleviate suffering, to actively address injustice and oppression, and to try to make the world a better place for everyone? My own mother used to write me while I was in India and… More »
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    Living from the Inside Out Paid Member

    Through yoga practice, Anne Cushman moves from watching her breath to being it. I fell in love with yoga sixteen years ago, when I was twenty-three. I was living with two massage students in an adobe cabin on the southern border of Santa Fe, out where the art galleries and million-dollar villas disintegrated into a tattered fringe of vacant lots and trailer-home parks. Our cabin smelled of mouse droppings, a comforting smell reminiscent of the gerbil� More »
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    On The Cushion: Q & A with Douglas Phillips Paid Member

    I’m sitting every day and I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. What should I do? Ideally, teachers respond not just to the question but also to the person asking it. We would want to know more about how long you have been sitting every day and for how long you sit. What happens during your meditation, and how have you worked with it? What motivates you to practice, and is your practice really designed to get�"I’m sitting every day and I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. What should I do?" More »
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    The Merry-Go-Round of Desire Paid Member

    A contemporary psychiatrist uses ancient Buddhist wisdom to make sense of desire in our everyday lives. More »
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    May We All Be Happy Paid Member

    May all beings be happy. May they live in safety and joy. All living beings, Whether weak or strong, Tall, stout, average, or short, Seen or unseen, near or distant, Born or to be born, May they all be happy. - From the Metta Sutta, Sutta Nipata I.8 Metta, or lovingkindness, is one of the most important Buddhist practices. Simply stated, metta is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. When describing metta, the Buddha used the analogy of the care a� More »