Quieting the Mind

It’s so hard to become quiet and still in a busy world. Some people come to meditation to find that stillness. People have a hard time sometimes. It’s a busy world and sometimes people don’t want to think about adding another thing to their to do list. But that’s because they aren’t thinking about the [Read More…]

Awakening With Breathing

Following the Breath This technique has been around for a long time. It is almost certainly the oldest and most widespread form of meditation practice. It has been used to bring people to see their true natures. And it still works. Our true nature is very simple, but it’s easy for us to miss. It’s [Read More…]

Touch of Grey

I’m not sure whether to say “I have a touch of autism” or “I’m at the very edge of the autism spectrum”. But there it is, plain and out in the open for everyone to see. Totally exposed and vulnerable. I was tested for it last year. I’m in the range of just barely detectable. [Read More…]

The Bodhisattva

The Bodhisattva is willing to be authentic, willing to get hurt and be sensitive and have a fully exposed heart. A Bodhisattva cooperates with the world instead of making enemies with everything all the time. Bodhisattvas are sometimes called spiritual warriors, described as daring and fearless. On the Bodhisattva path you have to let go [Read More…]

Maitri and Karuna

Bodhicitta, the mind of awakening, arises by paying attention to the interconnectedness of things. Bodhicitta comes from dwelling in tranquility and being compassionate toward ourselves and others. This is developed through cultivating awareness. Maitri and Karuna are the two aspects of Bodhicitta. Maitri (loving kindness) is rooted in being kind and gentle to yourself. When [Read More…]

Bodhicitta and the Spiritual Warrior

The way of the Bodhisattva is the way of compassion and wisdom, of realizing your own boundless potential. It comes from realizing that Enlightenment is our true nature, that we have a basic goodness and wakefulness that is fundamental to our being. Bodhicitta is what the diligence of the Bodhisattva is based on. Bodhicitta means [Read More…]

Mind Development

This is meditation, the cultivation of unified awareness focused on the present moment, the eternal now. In meditation there is no difference between the knower, the knowing, and the known. We are trying to cut through delusion. Our goal is full enlightenment, inner peace, and the dissolving of self-made barriers. Liberation from the self is [Read More…]

Zen: The Mystic Flower

Zen is a culture of awakening. It doesn’t really match any of the categories we tend to want to put things into in western thought. It defies labels like religion and philosophy. It’s not something to believe. It’s not even something to be. It’s a practice. It’s a way of life. Zen is like the [Read More…]

The Marks of Existence

Understanding of the three marks of existence comes about as a result of our dedicated meditation practice. Through our dharma practice we have begun to develop clarity and insight. In this way, we can come to understand the three marks of existence intuitively, rather than from a book or even from listening to a teacher. [Read More…]

Patterns That Lead to Suffering

Understanding how our suffering works is one way to deal with it. We can understand ourselves a lot better when we slow down to see what’s going on. There are five patterns that are traditionally said to lead to suffering. 1.Seeing the self as separate: Part of Buddhist teaching explains that we aren’t separate from [Read More…]