Maybe you've seen some of the dozens of stories about coloring as the new meditation. People who know I meditate send them to me and ask what I think -- which is that coloring is not actually meditation, but it can be done meditatively.
To be born on this earth is to have the whole thing. From the beginning there are precise distinctions between things, but the whole thing is yourself. That is how it started. When we become deeply involved in precise discrimination between things for a long time, we forget our original self. We do not lose that original nature, but we forget. To sit is to recover that original nature fully, and to stay with it for a while. Kobun Chino Roshi
Eric Ripert, chef and owner of Le Bernadin, a famous NYC Michelin-rated restaurant, said recently:
I have applied good principles of Buddhism with the employees of Le Bernardin . . . [and] in the way of having more simplistic presentations than having something complicated on a plate. It’s also more about the respect of the ingredients and the respect of the animals that have been killed and served to the clients—that’s probably where Buddhism had most impact.
Laurie Anderson and her deceased husband, Lou Reed, were both students of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, YongeyMingurRinpoche. IDP Blog Writer, Nancy Thompson wrote a wonderful post here, describing how they used their Buddhist practice to prepare for Lou's death, and how their practice enabled them to love and support each other through his illne
How do you love someone who is scared and who scares you?
I was reminded of this question, posed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book "Open Heart, Open Mind," this week as I watched the Internet react to what we might term "difficult people" in our metta practice -- Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a Connecticut woman who filmed the bears who followed her on a walk in the woods.
Daniel de Sosa is an American-born comics artist living in the United Kingdom inspired by science fiction, heavy metal, screwball comedy, and Buddhist tales and traditions. Like many artists too irreverent or weird to secure corporate patronage, he is attempting to launch his next project, Purrvana, through Kickstarter. (Full disclosure: I, Emerson Dameron, have pledged to his project.)
Buddhism is often seen these days as a supremely rational philosophical system or belief system, depending on your stance. Investigate everything, the Buddha said. Do not believe anything just because I tell you it is so -- look into it for yourselves and see whether it is.
One of the reasons for meditating -- sitting still and focusing on an object, such as the breath -- is to train in tapping into the calm space in your awareness so that you can find that space in the midst of chaos.