Emptiness – Zero!

One of the concepts /terminology which often comes up Buddhism & Hinduism is that of Emptiness, Zero or Śūnyatā  in Mahāyāna Buddhism. I remember when I came across it first I was perplexed at the concept of 'nothingness' existence and what it actually meant - did it mean to burn ego with fire of awareness to... Continue Reading →

Interdependence

We who look at the whole and not just the part, know that we too are systems of interdependence, of feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness all interconnected. Investigating in this way, we come to realize that there is no me or mine in any one part, just as a sound does not belong to any... Continue Reading →

Broken

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.”... Continue Reading →

Peace

“Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” What is “this”? A diploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come. If you are not living... Continue Reading →

We not meant to stay wounded

We are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our challenges & help others move through them as well. By staying stuck in wounding, we completely block the transformation. We overlook the greater gifts inherent in all situations — the strength to overcome and the lessons that we are meant to... Continue Reading →

Life is glorious, but life is also wretched

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves... Continue Reading →

When Things Fall Apart

  I had always thought of myself as a flexible, obliging person who was well liked by almost everyone. I'd been able to carry this illusion throughout most of my life. During my early years at the abbey, I discovered that I had been living in some kind of misunderstanding. It wasn't that I didn't... Continue Reading →

Compassion

Compassion towards ourselves allows us to speak with loving kindness and gentleness to others. Even if the other has lashed out or said harsh words, what an amazing gift we give the other when we can see his/her suffering and build an emphatic bridge to reach that other person's heart. When and if that happens,... Continue Reading →

I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories;... Continue Reading →

Turn On The Light

It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn't depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn't depend on how long you've held on to the old view. When you flip the switch in that... Continue Reading →

The Middle Way

The term Middle Way is commonly misunderstood. We may interpret middle to mean “finding a balance.” For example, in the way that we might pursue, say, material fulfillment on the weekdays and try to balance that with something “spiritual” on the weekends. Or we may think the Middle Way refers to something in between two... Continue Reading →

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