Meditation Practice

Gratitude A to Z

When I find myself suffering I find looking at what I am grateful for can be an important part of my mindful practice. Here is what I am grateful for today.

Alan- my spouse, for all the love and light he has brought to my life

Beauty- in nature I find beauty that can be a mirror to reflect the beauty within

Video from Sit Down, Rise Up Meditation Marathon 2009

Daily Quote and Video: Articles of the Week on the Future of Buddhism

Image previewInstead of a quote from me today, I thought I'd share two awesome Huffington Post articles that are each creating a lot of conversation. One is from my father, Shambhala Buddhist teacher, Musician, and all around good guy, David Nichtern on the Future of Buddhism in the West. The other is by Ponlop Rinpoche, one of the very best teachers around today: Is Buddhism a Religion?


Daily Lojong and Art Linkletter

LojongI love lojong - about 56 or 59 slogans developed in the 12th c. by Tibetan Buddhist teachers to retrain the mind.

Many, many buddhist teachers since, from Jamgon Kongtrul to Pema Chodron to Alan Wallace have written commentary on these slogans - one- or two-liners designed to turn our usual orientation toward the world and ourselves upside-down and inside out.


Stirring the Pot or Letting it Simmer - Meditation and Blackbean Soup Recipe

A common issue that comes up for me in meditation practice is trying to balance the relationship between "applying effort" and simply "letting be".   I liken this mental balancing act to the culinary equivalent of working with a pot of simmering vegetables.   When is the right time to stir the pot and rearrange the vegetables and when is it best to leave them alone?  

Making Space for Grief

Grief and Buddhismby Jerry Kolber

Over the past few months I've been making my way slowly through Mark Silver's fantastic Heart of Money course.  Mark is a Sufi healer who offers an opportunity to look at money through a heart-centered lens - as a reflection of the divine - rather than as a measuring stick. I was re-listening to an earlier mp3 from the course this morning and something Mark said struck me as really interesting and related to my Buddhist practice.  


Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism - Day 2 Quotes of the Day

"If we take the attitude that we can just practice loving kindness and everything will be okay we will lose this planet."  -  Bhikkhu Bodhi, addressing the question of practice and engagement, a few minutes after leading a loving kindness meditation.

Daily Quote and Video: Zen Master Dogen and Finding Our Original Face

Zen Master Dogen

What about us is unchanging anyway? Is there such a thing? Is impermanence permanent? What do the words basic, primordial, original, uncompounded, or ultimate even mean? Founder of Soto Zen, Dogen Zenji gets the quote of the day:








Socially Engaged Buddhism Conference Day 1 - Roots and Challenges


Krishna Das is warming up for a Kirtan upstairs, and the Mother House of the Zen Peacemakers in Montague, MA is buzzing with movement and energy on this first day of the Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism.  

Daily Quote and Video: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Krishnamurti

In honor of the course I am teaching Monday nights at IDP on his famous book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, here is a quote from founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on meditation. Below, a long, quirky and funny video of Trungpa Rinpoche in dialogue with Krishnamurti back in 1972.




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