Impermanence, anicca in Pali, is the underlying reality upon which the Buddha based his teachings of liberation. Things change. Accepting change and being willing to let go of what has passed is often seen as a great challenge. But there is an inspirational aspect of change that the Buddha also taught: Human beings can wake up from their ignorance to see things in a new way.
No fun. No sex. No booze. No hair. No eyebrows. Could a playboy adventurer like myself find enlightenment by binning life's materialism and becoming a Buddhist monk? Could a period of abstinence in the remote cloisters of a Thai monastery save the cankered soul from additional rot?
McMindfulness Over the past few years, we have witnessed the explosion of mindfulness and meditation in popular culture. Physicians are referring th...
The second solution is to greet, rather than resist or even dread, our worries and anxieties each time they arise: note how the Buddha welcomed his inner tormentor, Mara, always with great patience.
A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking of his own exile from his homeland of Tibet, the message of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the same. "This should be the peace century."
Donating business acumen is a powerful and effective way to give back to society. I recently witnessed this while launching an intercollegiate business plan competition to help Tibetan refugees.
David Mercier opens our eyes to -- or at least reminds us of -- the sacred power of the natural world. Indeed, what is more worthy of worship than the miracles of sunrise and the morphing of seeds into trees. There's "science" behind these phenomena, but that doesn't preclude mystery.
Have you ever experienced a failure that left you feeling humiliated and worthless? I'm sure you have since failure is just part of our normal lives a...
An individual I now consider to be the Nalandabodhi Terminator has summarily terminated me from the Nalandabodhi Seattle Sangha.
Specializing in works from the Himalayas, India, and surrounding regions, the Rubin Museum of Art is a true oasis in the chaos. Midtown Manhattan's cacophony of traffic noises and human commotion melt away upon entering.
Meditative practices performed in isolation can help us recognize and process our emotional states, but true healing lies in those most vulnerable moments, when someone looks us in the eye, sees our pain and provides us with the mirror we so deeply seek.
It is my contention that without grieving, the right hemisphere maintains old relational models of the world; without grieving my losses, I never learn that an attachment figure, such as a parent or old lover, has abandoned us, that the person I relied upon is no longer available.
You don't have to "try" to be creative when you access your core creativity. You don't have to "think through" what to do next, because a sense of possibility and wonder will simply come to you, followed by ideas that flow into you.
It's never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It's the ordinary people like you and me who decide to stand up and take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people become extraordinary. What do you need to do today that you know you have to do and don't do it?
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Most of us have heard these words from the...
"Mom, where are you? Why is your phone off? I've been trying to get you for hours!" my son said in a voice filled with urgency. Here is what happened....