Meditation is everywhere. From the baby room to the board room, everyone recommends meditation to help focus, calm, and restore the mind, body and sp...
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The Dharma continues to be about Culture -- whether we are aware of that or not is a factor which will either lead us to create more freedom or less freedom for all of us.
And why is the Buddha all about culture? Because the Buddha recognized the importance of culture as a path to freedom.
It is the work of a true bodhisattva, or open-hearted warrior, to go into the darkest aspects of our society in the hopes that he or she can be a light for all to see.
Siddhartha actually became the Buddha through his failure at religion. He saw that the ascetic practices he'd been engaged in were not leading him to true liberation, and so he left them behind.
the fundamental mistake we make (which causes all kinds of trouble and suffering) is the assumption that we exist as a permanent, unified, independent being.
Problems arise when you try to replace your actual partner with who you wish he or she was, because they always figure out a way to tell you how unlike your projection they really are.
Zen training -- of which meditation is a key component -- is designed to produce people who can be effective in any situation. Far from the popular notions of tree hugging, Zen is rigorous and challenging.
The Buddha's teachings today still describe a deeply personal inner journey that's spiritual, yes, but not religious. The Buddha wasn't a god -- he wasn't even a Buddhist.
this week I'm on tour playing guitar with Krishna Das. Hanging with KD and the posse is always about dharma and music mixed together --- my favorite combo.
When the Dalai Lama teaches that according to Buddhist cosmology, the separate self does not exist, I have to pause. This world religious leader doesn't exist. And neither do you and I.
Causes and conditions set the stage for our attitudes toward the world and we can and do affect them. It is practical to train our minds so that we're not governed by our negative patterns.
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal. Meditation can help us.
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