Archives for May 2010

Sound Meditation : Be Hear Now

Want to stop rehearsing the future? Reviewing the past? Be here now! Wherever you are, there's always sound upon which you can meditate ... to focus, stablize, and calm the mind.Listen ...Find a seat where you won't be disturbed.  Close your eyes.  Close your mouth.  Open your mind.  Open your heart.Relax.  Let go.  Give yourself a moment to let your body lead you into the presence of the now ... by  the sheer physical fact of its being here.  Your mind may be elsewhere, but your body's alw … [Read more...]

Recipes for an Ordinary Happy Life :: Interview with Karen Maezen Miller (Part 1 of 2)

Karen Maezen Miller is  a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, California. As such, she is skilfully and warmly engaged with spirituality in everyday life.   She's also the compelling of two compelling, inspiring books,  Momma Zen and, as of last month, Hand Wash Cold. Of this recent title, Mandala magazine writes: "Read how she copes with the suds and stains of living and you’ll never look at an overflowing laundry basket in the same way again … [Read more...]

Can the Soul Learn To Tweet ?

Recently, 88-year-old  comedienne Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live. What's unusual here is not so much her age. Rather, she did so in response to a campaign mounted on Facebook.  In her opening monologue, she ribbed the popular online social network, reminiscing, ""When I was young we didn't have Facebook, we had phone book — but you wouldn't waste an afternoon with it."As for me, I've wondered how you can call it FaceBook when it doesn't have chapters, much less page numbers. But I'm of … [Read more...]

On Mother’s Day

.:. The thought "mother" cannot be separated from that of "love." Love is sweet, tender, and delicious. Without love, a child cannot flower and an adult cannot mature. — Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, A Rose for Your Pocket Question: To what does the Buddha liken metta ? (Metta can be translated as lovingkindness.) The Buddha compares cultivating  metta ... as to a mother, who'd risk her life to protect her child.Consider a newborn baby bird, just hatched from its egg.  It's been pecking away from the … [Read more...]

A Cup of Tea — ( How Would You Like Yours Served ? )

Have you heard the story of the Western scholar who visited the Buddhist temple in Asia?  He'd knocked and introduced himself to the monk at the door and asked to see the abbot, explaining he had written and published articles and even books about this very temple.  The monk nodded.  The man continued on about his academic interests as someone took his luggage and he walked with the monk through the tranquility of the front courtyard.  The monk stopped and suggested the man must be tired from his … [Read more...]

“The Buddha” on PBS

From the PBS website on the two-hour special, "The Buddha" (which aired on April 7):"This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear in … [Read more...]

Weekly Discussion of the Bhagavad Gita

Over at Elephant Journal, Bob Weisenberg is leading a weekly online discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, using Stephen Mitchell's highly-praised translation.Join the discussion here! … [Read more...]