I have selected 75 phrases that have had a profound impact in my life throughout the years. It is my sincere hope that they will deeply inspire you to reach a higher level of awareness and lasting fulfillment in your life in all the realms.
Last week His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came to Princeton University and met with a select group of students to discuss part of the University's informal motto, "In the service of all nations."
It's now been 20 years since I've had a panic attack. Although the depression continues, I work through it daily on my yoga mat -- most days that works. My mother takes her daily dose of anti-depressant pills, and for the last 10 years I can't remember seeing her so content.
According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation November 13th is World Kindness Day. And while it's good to choose kindness 365 days a year, it's nice to have one day reserved as a reminder.
I won't say I experienced some sort of transcendent moment then, that time seemed to stop and beckon me into some sort of new, spiritually enhanced state. But I will say this: Something told me the murder scene could wait for a while.
We're all going to feel stress every day. It's how we choose to deal with the stress that makes the difference. Those of us who have embraced meditation have a built-in way of deflecting life's stresses, leaving us more open to the good stuff.
In the case of the current wave of ISC "protests" against the Dalai Lama, we have to ask ourselves--What does the small group of highly motivated, well-organized, seemingly media-savvy "protesters" really want?
When Vivienne Harr, Chief Inspiration Officer at Stand, was eight years old, she saw a photo of two boys, her age, from Nepal living in modern-day slavery. She said: "Compassion is not compassion without action."
The NFL has been tackled this year by violence - domestic violence, whoopings and concussions. I'll leave the sport and its rules to the NFL, but the issue of violence in the home is one that we should be long past by now.
I know it is not an easy decision to cancel such a major event that impacts so many people, including myself. I am sure that all Nobel Peace Laureates scheduled to attend this summit would have loved to celebrate their achievements next week in South Africa.
Hinduism has a beautiful myth about the origins of love. In the beginning, there was a superbeing called Purusha. This being was without desire, craving, fear, or indeed the impulse to do anything at all--since the universe was already perfect and complete.
Imagine for a moment a world where an entire generation took the view that it is more important that they determine who, not what, they want to be when they grow up.
Travel teaches you that time is really the only valuable currency in life. We all start out with the same bank account with a deposit of about 30,000 days in our lives (approximately 82 years).
I was raised Catholic, but have followed Buddhism most of my adult life. People buying ivory have a right to know that their purchase is causing incredible trauma.
The Dalai Lama wrote a wonderful book called, The Art of Happiness. In it, he makes clear that essentially, it's the quest for happiness inspires us to awaken in the morning. Wars happen because everyone wants what they want, and believe that getting it will make them happy. Fights happen for the same reason.
Phakyab Rinpoche, a high-ranking Tibetan lama living in Jackson Heights, Queens, tucks his feet under him on the carpet of his living room-turned-temple and recounts how it all began. He was 13 and living in post-Cultural Revolution Tibet in the late 1970s, when the Future Buddha, Jampa, also known as Maitreya, came to him in a dream.