When I turned 17, I began doing something odd: every few weeks, I would take everything out of my room. Bed and bedding, cello and chairs, stereo, bur...
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The life and witness, the poetry and teaching of the late Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan hold deep meaning for us all in these days of hunger for moral...
I have many, many traits that don't serve me or others well. One of the trickiest to overcome has been my tendency to be a "know-it-all."
Many people still privately yearn for a grand spiritual epiphany that will transform everything, make them forever happy, and solve all their problems.
It's a good time to tidy your mental closet. Toss out some rubbish. Discover some beauty, locked away. You just never know what you might find once you start housecleaning.
Just-awareness is so simple that it is hard for us to see it. It is not actually a thing to be seen, but a reality to be experienced. It is the deepest ease and rest of all.
If we are ever to embrace Buddhism properly into the West, we need to be clear about emptiness, since a wrong understanding of its meaning can be confusing, even harmful.
One Zen monk from Japan who was visiting a Zen retreat center in America observed the enthusiasm and numbers of meditators with astonishment. "How do you get them to meditate without beating them?"
Most religion, including Buddhism, offers an escape from reality, rather than a transforming insight about it. But Dharma is not like that. It is about what is true and real.
I meet many Buddhist meditators these days who say to me, "I've been meditating for decades. When I was young it was fantastic. But it doesn't seem as helpful or useful as it once did."
I ponder what the Dalai Lama said that day in Los Angeles: "If something is serious ... you have to take countermeasures." Was he referring to what I am calling "horror"?
Marcus Aurelius was Rome's last great emperor, but there's nothing regal about him. He snatches time to write without once mentioning his primary task -- leading the most powerful army in the world.
My Zen colleagues may object that it is a stretch to call Zen meditation "prayer," or to describe it as a method "to reach our divine nature." But we must never stop trying to find common ground.
What a startling thought: that the very evanescence of things can be a cause for joy, and a way to see this ever-changing, ever-aging world as a thing of beauty.
Modern technology reveals that play lights up the brain in such desired areas as clarity and memory. Common sense tells us that if we've been encouraged to play as a child, beginner's mind comes more naturally as an adult.
I have been noticing what happens when one expresses her opinion about anything political. You've heard of REMs (rapid eye movements). I call politic...
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