We reminisce upon past replaying & unwittingly relishing stories of victimhood over and over again. Bored out of our minds we keep gathering self pity that we have never truly been understood & have suffered incomparable pain. Looking upon the world with jaded eyes we almost demand a certificate of wisdom & spirituality in return... Continue Reading →

The sitting practice of meditation

“The sanskrit word for meditation is dhyana; the Tibetan term is samten. Both refer to the same thing: steady mind. Mind is steady in the sense that you don’t go up when a thought goes up, and you don’t go down when it goes down, but you just watch things going either up or down.... Continue Reading →

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

“There are many stories of people who were actually able to see the awakened state by breaking into laughter—seeing the contrast, the irony of polar situations. For instance there was the hermit whose devotee lived several miles away in a village. This devotee supported the hermit, supplying him with food and the other necessities of... Continue Reading →

Everyday Spiritual Life

My take on 'Everyday Spiritual Life' is the understanding that nothing exists in isolation - no person or event is an island to itself. This awareness helps in looking at people and situations with more compassion & understanding; such as why is the person being 'mean' to me as inherently he has same Buddha Nature... Continue Reading →

Notice the Good

‘Whatever the cause of unworthy feelings, a powerful remedy lies in the realization that we are perfect in our true nature. If we understand this, confidence and fulfillment will spontaneously arise within us. It is crucial to recognize the importance of this understanding, at least on the conceptual level. Then, if we have any positive... Continue Reading →

How to accept things as it is

Suppose your children are suffering from hopeless disease. You don't know what to do. You cannot lie in bed. Usually the best thing for you is to lie in warm, comfortable bed. That is the best place to live, but in such case you cannot rest on your comfortable bed. So you may walk up... Continue Reading →

Our emotional world is universal

Compassion is not just a feeling, it is a response to pain that is deeply rooted in wisdom. It is a commitment to alleviating suffering and the cause of suffering in all its forms. The human story is both personal and universal. Our personal experiences of pain and joy, grief and despair, may be unique... Continue Reading →

Learning the Middle Path

Learning the Middle Path, the life of balance, allows the heart’s natural awareness and compassion to grow. We become free and gracious. I heard a story from the first Western monastery that Ajahn Chah set up in a forest two villages away from his main monastery. One December the Western monks there decided to have... Continue Reading →

Thoughts Without a Thinker

“AT MY FIRST meditation retreat, a two-week period of silent attention to mind and body, I was amazed to find myself sitting in the dining hall with an instant judgment about each of the hundred other meditators, based on nothing besides how they looked while eating. Instinctively, I was searching out whom I liked and... Continue Reading →

Peace is the end of confusion

When people would say to Ajahn Chah that they found it impossible to practice in society, he would ask them, "If I poked you in the chest with a burning stick, would you say that indeed you were suffering, but since you live in society you can’t get away from it?" Ajahn Chah’s response makes... Continue Reading →

When Pema Chodron met Chögyam Trungpa

Ani Pema Chödrön, one of the first western women to become fully ordained as a Buddhist monastic, met Chögyam Trungpa when her hair was long and her name was Deirdre Blomfield-Brown. Excerpt of her first encounter So I had my interview and what I remember is that I set the tone by just chatting, chatting,... Continue Reading →

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