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Dharma Connect: Live Your Life, Don't Live the Dream

Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream".  Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (for African Americans it's 11.5%), and the poverty rate is ~16 percent of the population, these seem like absurd suggestions.   Not to mention that actually living right here right now is reality, and reality is where wisdom and compassion exist, not in a future fantasy or dream. 

Report from Retreat: The Mother of All Buddhas

Tenzin Palmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."

Fishing for Our Body's Wisdom

I can remember trying to 'feel' the swampy mess of bodily sensations and emotions I felt trapped inside me. What were these squeezings in my chest and throat, this panicked gripping in my abdomen? I knew there was wisdom in the body and that if I could relate with it, I might feel less stuck in my life

Prayer for the Paranoid

I've more-or-less kept up with a daily meditation practice for... awhile.


A Memo from the Mind

And so it begins.


Turn off your mind, eh? We have a lot of documents to sort through, pal, and it's not going to wait.


​Dharma Connect: Steve Buscemi's Mind Gets Blown

Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. 


As a younger man I often disparaged items of quality. A well-made shirt, I reasoned, was unnecessary. Items were disposable and had little meaning, so who cares if they were made well?

10 Fears

1. I'm afraid I'll get nowhere and get bored.


2. I'm afraid I'll get nowhere pleasant and get upset.


3. I'm afraid that my belief that I'm basically good is a cop-out. I'm afraid that bad is real and tangible and that it's what I am. I'm afraid I'm getting and invoice.

Operation Meditation


Ven. Robina Courtin - Taking Responsibility for Your Own Mind - Part 2 of 2

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"According to Buddhism we all possess—innately—astonishing potential within our own being, right now, to be more happy, more wise, more loving, more kind."  


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