Meditation Practice

People Who Need People

As a condition of employment, I took a creepy personality profile that revealed I am more “people-oriented” and care more about building rapport and being liked than I would like to. If any suggestion can provoke the sort of rage that that one has, and does, in me, it’s a strong indication that there may be some truth to it.

Inner and Outer Commitments

After many years of training (much of it with the Interdependence Project) and many more years of personal practice, I crossed a new threshold recently by taking formal precepts and becoming a novice priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order.  This is quite a change for me, because I assiduously refrained from being affiliated with any one lineage for years.  In fact, that desire to stay out of a single lineage is what initially attracted me to IDP.  So what changed?

I don't know.  

Three Myths About Meditation, Busted



You know this one. Fill in the blank with your favorite excuse:

“I can’t meditate because…”

The Three Truths

I was recently in Australia and heard an aboriginal D'harawal people's dreaming story that discussed what are known to them as the Three Truths.  Gawaian Bodkins-Andrews defined the Three Truths as:

Prevent Anger, Prevent Violence - August is Metta Month

Recent news of killings and shootings in the U.S., and terrorist acts abroad have created a lot of discussion about the causes and conditions which allow violence to occur.  Some suggest that mental illness is the cause, others suggest that humans are just brutal barbarians at heart.  But a recent article

Look for the Buddhas

When bad things happen -- as they do with blinding regularity these days -- along w

Finding Balance in an Unstable World

Like many people, I have been wishing for more balance in my life recently.  The political and social worlds seem chaotic and heartbreaking.  I spend many days chasing after deadlines that I am not sure I care much about.  I would like to spend my time in other ways, ways that feel more refreshing and energizing rather than draining and worrisome.

You Can Always Come Back

Perhaps you've taken a day off from your meditation practice. Perhaps it became a week and stretched over months. Perhaps you've fallen off the cushion.

You're allowed to forgive yourself. There is a lot to be distracted by, more all the time. You're allowed to forgive yourself for not being able to forgive yourself. It is easy to quanitfy and grade yourself and to feel badly when you don't believe you're the best. It is quite hard to think otherwise.

My Weekend Retreat with Venerable Pannavati

I have never been on a Buddhist meditation retreat before, and I had no idea what to expect from it. I was nervous at first because the longest I had ever meditated in one sitting was 25 minutes straight, I could not imagine doing that on and off for 7 hours. However, Dr.

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