Meditation Practice

Beginner's Heart, Loving Heart

In his classic book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind,  Suzuki Roshi succinctly pointed to our original nature as our true nature -- unfabricated, unfiltered, disentangled from preconceptions that color our view.

"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few," the book begins.

Metta Month Begins! - Start with Yourself

It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August. 

My Daughter Learned to Ride Her Bike Yesterday. I am sad. And happy. And proud.

When my children were younger I was adamant about having only two-wheeled modes of transport in our house; no trikes, no big wheels, no three-wheeled scooters, no training wheels.  “You’re torturing them,” the grandparents scoffed.  “They need real bikes, ones they can actually learn on,”  they warned.  But I, with the strong support of my husband, held firm.  We introduced the Strider, a pedal-less bike designed to help children transition smoothly from it to

When You're Depressed, Nothing Matters (When You're Sad, Everything Does)

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
- The Coptic Guy

50 Years of One-Pointedness: Jetsun Tenzin Palmo

Fifty years ago today, Jetsun Tenzin Palmo was ordained as a novice Buddhist nun by Khamtrul Rinpoche, one of the first Western women to take the vows. Forty years ago on the same date, she became the first Western woman to be fully ordained. It was an auspicious occasion -- Jetsunma is still teaching, re-established a lineage of Tibetan nuns, and is fighting for women to get the teachings they've been denied for centuries.

Travel and Emptiness: Everything Old is New Again

I used to be scared to fly when I was a kid, but now takeoffs and landings are my favorite parts of a flight. I've been on many planes in the past few years, seen a lot of takeoffs and landings, and truth be told, you can't see much detail from 2,000 feet up. But I hope I never get used to it. I hope I always snap to attention and gaze out the window while departing from Earth and descending into a new locale, wondering what adventures and experiences await me in this new land.

In Pain But Not Insane

I had just lost my job. I was drinking heavily. And early one Sunday morning, my pancreas tapped out.

The Ways I Walk

By habit, I am a fast walker. When I'm on the sidewalk, I usually behave as though I'm in a hurry. I can utterly destroy a pair of work boots within six months.

 

On Retreat, Space is Everywhere

"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat.

"You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.

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