Recognizing the feelings

Repeated thoughts and stories are almost always fueled by an unacknowledged emotion or feeling underneath. These unsensed feelings are part of what brings the thought back time and again. Future planning is usually fueled by anxiety. Remembering the past is often fueled by regret, or guilt, or grief. Many fantasies arise as a response to... Continue Reading →

Practice of discipline

When you are busy and preoccupied, you feel hassled by your own existence. You are so busy that you think that you do not have any time to spare for your practice. Such torment and busyness seem to be monumental or historic, but that is not the case. As far as we are concerned, that... Continue Reading →

Opening of heart

Love is an opening of the heart. It's like the sun shining. The sun just naturally shines. It doesn't discriminate, shining on this person, but not on that one. It just shines because it is the nature of the sun to give warmth. And it's the equanimous quality of the heart that we have to... Continue Reading →

Relaxing our sense of identity

Ram Dass sometimes shared a story of a young woman who told him, “My family hates when I’m a Buddhist but loves when I’m a Buddha.” In other words, its not what religion we identify ourselves with that matters, but how freely we are able to love and keep our hearts open with others that... Continue Reading →

Truth of uncertainty

One day my teacher Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese tea cup, “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.” When we understand the truth of uncertainty, we become free The broken cup helps us see... Continue Reading →

Giving

"I am not saying that you should go home and clear out all your things - that is not the point. The point is this question of opening the heart, of really being able to rejoice in giving to others - not just material things. Material things are good things to start with but we... Continue Reading →

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