Meditation and a Busy Lifestyle: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Here's a new video from Mingyur Rinpoche, founder of Bodhgaya’s giant Tergar Monastery and author of numerous widely praised books on Buddhist practice including The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness and Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom. In August I posted his video on the topic: “I’m Too Lazy to Start a Meditation Practice.” As I wrote then: "substitute “Busy” for “Lazy” and I think we’ll have most of the non-meditating world covered." And as chanc … [Read more...]

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on how us lazy people can start meditation

Mingyur Rinpoche-lazy meditation

Mingyur Rinpoche, founder of Bodhgaya's giant Tergar Monastery and author of numerous widely praised books on Buddhist practice including The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness and Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, has a new video out on the topic: "I'm Too Lazy to Start a Meditation Practice."Substitute "Busy" for "Lazy" and I think we'll have most of the non-meditating world covered.So if you find yourself saying "I'm too lazy" or "I'm too … [Read more...]

Rubin Museum hosts Sharon Salzberg: Mindfulness and Art

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The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City is hosting Sharon Salzberg and other teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center this month and next to teach mindfulness and discuss intersections between meditation and art.The Rubin's PR and Marketing Manager Robin Carol writes, "The practices of meditation and art have long gone hand in hand, and art itself is often described as a meditative experience. Today, the Rubin Museum of Art is launching a weekly lunchtime Mindfulness Me … [Read more...]

F*ck That: a guided meditation (humor)

f-ck that a guided meditation

I've been off the blog and social media for the most part this month, working busily on my PhD thesis, which is nearing completion (or at least its last deadline) and enjoying a bit of Montana's amazing National Forests and Wilderness areas. After a 4 mile hike with a 3200 foot ascent, this was my view on the 4th of July:Yet I still get emails when I'm tagged in something on social media (which alerted me to the content of my last post). And this week I've been tagged at least three … [Read more...]

Buddhist-Christian meditation in Zimbabwe


A few months ago I came across a remarkable writer from Zimbabwe. She found me through twitter and directed me to her site,, specifically her poem, Cherish the Present Moment, which concludes with these lines, wonderfully expressing a major part of the Buddha's teachings:The present moment; Gives you all. It orders everything sweetly; Showering material and hallowed gifts over your head. Sadly, man is full of wishes, plans and expectations. Cherish the … [Read more...]

Dharma Punx teacher Josh Korda on Buddhism, psychology, mindfulness, and his upcoming retreat


This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Korda, a fascinating Buddhist teacher and human being who is bringing Buddhadharma out to the people through Dharma Punx in a way that is sure to be eye opening for those who are new to this particularly American brand of Buddhism. Let's begin! ~ Thank you for taking the time for doing this interview and for sharing some of the topics you will be discussing in your upcoming retreat at the Garrison Institute. Two of those topics, "Sharing Our Em … [Read more...]

Intersections of Gender, Identity, and Buddhism: an interview with LGBTIQ meditation teacher La Sarmiento

La Sarmiento LGBTIQ Buddhist teacher

Today I am delighted to introduce readers to La Sarmiento, a long time Vipassana meditator and teacher who will be co-leading a retreat at the Garrison Institute called “Embodying Presence in Our Lives: A Mindfulness Meditation Weekend for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Communities”  in April along with fellow teachers Madeline Klyne, Eric Kolvig, PhD, and Jacoby Ballard.Many thanks to Sam Mowe of the Garrison Institute for connecting us and to La for taking the time … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh, still in coma, is recalled across the globe

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As Christmas and the New Year approach, and the darkest days come and pass, many people across the world continue to hold Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in their hearts. The latest update from Plum Village, sent out last week, tells us that he is still in a coma but showing signs of wakefulness. The update continues, "There have been times when Thay had his eyes open for more than two hours, and is responsive, but he is not yet showing clear signs of communication." While all hope and energy is … [Read more...]