The Dalai Lama gave the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Senate session on Thursday. In Buddhism, prayer isn't seen as an appeal to a higher authority but as a way of connecting to our own highest aspirations. What are your aspirations for the Senate?
Sharon Salzberg’sReal Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways. The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally less stressed and able to be less reactive; but where the “rubber hits the road” is how our buttons are pushed when we are off of the cushion. The reason that meditation is r
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The conversation goes not at all according to plan and I'm not sure anything gets resolved. But I believe we all stayed mostly present. Here's the video:
You have opportunities every day to step beyond your role at work and act like a whole human being, offer a helping hand, learn the skill outside your scope of work, allow yourself to be helped by others. This will make your life more humane and deeply fulfilling.
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the current obsession with happiness that pervades American (Western?) society and much of what is written about Buddhism today (e.g., The Art of Happiness by H.H. The Dalai Lama, Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by MatthieuRicard,Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg).
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while asserting corporate privilege to displace residents and take unfair advantage of municipal services.
School shootings. Devastating storms. Never-ending political scandals. Fear, disgust, and mental anguish are the “new normal.” Life these days is difficult, and you can see the impact on people’s behavior.
I'm intrigued by the idea of self-compassion, as described by Sharon Salzberg in "Real Happiness at Work." It feels foreign and exotic to me, like something people do in some remote land just discovered by intrepid explorers. Shangri-la, maybe -- tucked up in the mountains, far away from contemporary life.