Happy Mother’s Day

The relationship between a mother and child is the foremost analogy used in developing relative bodhichitta [‘awake heart/mind,’ that puts others’ benefit before one’s own] practice. According to the medieval Indian and Tibetan traditions, the traditional way of cultivating relative bodhichitta is to choose your mother as the first example of someone you feel soft... Continue Reading →

Conscious relationship with suffering

'To have a conscious relationship to suffering is different than having an unconscious one. We will all experience pain, simply due to our incarnation into form. It is part of being human. We experience bodily pains, ill health, fatigue, hunger, thirst, and as we get older we will feel the pains of aging. That’s just... Continue Reading →

It’s uncertain, isn’t it?

When people asked Ajahn Chah questions about enlightenment or what happens at death or whether meditation would heal their illness, or whether Buddhist teachings could be practiced equally by westerners, he would smile and say “It’s uncertain, isn’t it?” Chögyam Trungpa called this uncertainty “groundlessness.” With the wisdom of uncertainty, Ajahn Chah could simply relax.... Continue Reading →

The warrior’s world is not easy

“Although the warrior's life is dedicated to helping others, he realizes that he will never be able to completely share his experience with others...Yet he is more and more in love with the world. That combination of love affair and loneliness is what enables the warrior to constantly reach out to help others. By renouncing... Continue Reading →

The aim of spiritual life

Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life. In Tibet, the... Continue Reading →

The un-specialness of the Buddha

If we begin to realize that we are purely grains of sand, specks of dust in the midst of the universe, then the universe becomes inviting and inspiring. If we are grains of sand, then the rest of the universe, all of space, all the room that there is, is ours, because we are not... Continue Reading →

Our notions about happiness entrap us

“Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.” ~ Thich... Continue Reading →

Spiritual journey is not easy

The spiritual journey is not a very easy one, absolutely not easy at all. It demands a lot from us. And we may not find what we want, absolutely not. Our questions may not be answered one by one. But something else is taking place. Maybe the question mark itself is beginning to rot, become... Continue Reading →

True belonging

“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you... Continue Reading →

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