I knelt on the silken scarf laid across the hardwood floor, my head bent in silent prayer to the spirits of my ancestors. I heard muffled sounds of chanting monks through the old music player at the side of the decaying red shrine.
My teacher from the story above didn't like the summer heat at all, but still she was able to see and accept it through the eyes of gratitude with deep understanding of interconnectedness of all.
Try refraining from using the moments of your life as material with which to construct your "me" story. Try experiencing your life instead of using your life to define yourself. It turns out, not taking your life so personally can bring great relief and even give you back your life!
I was in my office a few weeks ago, when my boss knocked at the door. "Mike!" I said, guiltily. I propped the door open with a sneakered foot, an em...
The book is a wonderful addition to the bedside table, to be picked up from time to time to indulge in the pleasure of a couple of stories, picked at random, to be transported into a magical world far from our own, but a world that operates according to its own laws, its own social mores, its own logic.
Refrain from feeding your mind's case for your rightness and others' wrongness; turn away from the thoughts that habitually defend and explain your version of truth. Instead of diving into your mind's narrative and returning to engage in your defense, use your awareness as an invitation to inquire into your experience.
Photo: I.Rimanoczy If you were in Manhattan in 2012 you may have had the chance to see a musical written by Hunter Bell and...
Could Christianity's future lie in Buddhism's past? This is a possibility that's been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. When we regain a healthier sense of our own places within a much larger, very delicate ecosystem, we not only treat our surroundings with more care; we treat ourselves with greater care as well.
In Buddhism, we say that a constrictive quality of mind keeps mind flow within a narrow range of awareness, while mindfulness allows us to drop our limitations and ultimately enter the creative space of open mind.
Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social change.
As the story goes, 2,500 years ago, Buddha gave a wordless sermon to his disciples. All he did was hold up a single white flower -- a lotus. That's it. No words. Just a flower.
In the film, which opens June 5th, Harry Hamlin from "Mad Men" plays Aaron, a movie star who has been found guilty of road rage. Fortunately for him, Aaron's lawyer knows that the judge is a big fan of a meditation instructor named Rachel played by Kristen Kerr from "Strictly Sexual."
My Uncle Morton died on March 10 at the age of 89, and the circumstances following his passing opened my eyes to an entirely new reality of possibilit...
The speech 'Our revels now are ended' is famous as Shakespeare's farewell address to us, his audience. It is usually delivered indirectly to the theater audience by the retiring magician Prospero near the end of The Tempest , the last play written entirely by Shakespeare and written at the end of his career.
Today's polished yoga centers and Bikram studios are only the latest incarnation of a tradition that has adapted to fit changing cultures for thousands of years. Nations have risen and fallen. Religions have come and gone. The apple of ideas has passed from Eve to Newton to Jobs. But yoga, in some form or another, has remained.
As I currently reside in a community where most inhabitants think that Heidegger is a cold press juicer, imagine my joy last Saturday evening at Esalen when I found myself breaking wheat bread with two of America's greatest living philosophers and intellectuals, Michael Murphy and Sam Keen!