Finding a way to true refuge

The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a... Continue Reading →

Profound possibilities

Along with the suffering of these times is a profound possibility: If we are intentional, we can respond to this crisis by calling forth our deepest wisdom, our full compassion. And together, we can help create a more loving and just world.May we remember to be deeply kind. We are all living with uncertainty, fear... Continue Reading →

Bodhisattva’s compassion is a gentle rain

"Our habit of being a fair weather friend to ourselves—of pushing away or ignoring whatever darkness we can—is deeply entrenched. But just as a relationship with a good friend is marked by understanding and compassion, we can learn to bring these same qualities to our own inner life... Just as a bright sun causes ice... Continue Reading →

Being a fair weather friend

"Our habit of being a fair weather friend to ourselves—of pushing away or ignoring whatever darkness we can—is deeply entrenched. But just as a relationship with a good friend is marked by understanding and compassion, we can learn to bring these same qualities to our own inner life... Just as a bright sun causes ice... Continue Reading →

Radical acceptance

“Mohini was a regal white tiger who lived for many years at the Washington, D.C. National Zoo. For most of those years her home was in the old lion house—a typical twelve-by-twelve-foot cage with iron bars and a cement floor. Mohini spent her days pacing restlessly back and forth in her cramped quarters. Eventually, biologists... Continue Reading →

Querencia

“In bullfighting there is an interesting parallel to the pause as a place of refuge and renewal. It is believed that in the midst of a fight, a bull can find his own particular area of safety in the arena. There he can reclaim his strength and power. This place and inner state are called... Continue Reading →

Pain is not wrong

“Pain is not wrong. Reacting to pain as wrong initiates the trance of unworthiness. The moment we believe something is wrong, our world shrinks and we lose ourselves in the effort to combat the pain...perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the... Continue Reading →

The trance of unworthiness

We focus on other people’s faults. There is a saying that the world is divided into people who think they are right. The more inadequate we feel, the more uncomfortable it is to admit our faults. Blaming others temporarily relieves us from the weight of failure. The painful truth is that all of these strategies... Continue Reading →

Company you keep

“As Buddhism has been integrated into the West, the meaning of sangha has come to include all our contemporaries who in various ways are consciously pursuing a path of awakening. We are held by sangha when we work individually with a therapist or healer, or when a close friend lets us be vulnerable and real.... Continue Reading →

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