Meditation Practice

If Buddha And Warhol Went To A Water Zumba Class

I often feel that my kids are pint-sized Buddhas.  They force me to get all sorts of uncomfortable and face things I'd love to distract away.   They call me out on emotions I'm otherwise quick to dismiss or bury.  And when I most need a pause and least want one (which is alm

5 Pro Tips for Power Meditators

Decades ago, a generation of filthy hippies embraced watered-down Eastern spirituality as part of their foul-smelling, communal-living, trail-mix-scarfing quest of self-discovery.

Less Talk, More Metta - Lovingkindness Meditation Month at IDP !

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

Dharma Connect: Interdependence of Intimacy & Autonomy

A Grand understanding for unraveling its balance. 

As the month o metta makes an awesome jumpstart,
I can't help but feel my souls sigh of relief--
in a genuine expansion all about 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.

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