Meditation

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“What is Mindfulness”

Mindfulness practice is currently a fad in the West. And that’s wonderful — it’s great that, as a culture, we’re promoting more mindfulness and less mindlessness. But with its surge in popularity, there has also been a lot…

what is mindfulness

“The Art of Bare Attention”

Today we’re going to talk about the ancient Buddhist practice vipassana, or insight meditation. Now, just to be clear, this is an entirely secular practice. It doesn’t require you to adopt any dogmatic beliefs…

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“Building a Lens of Freedom”

How does one come to hold a worldview? How does a baby come out of the womb without any ideas of itself or the world, without any prejudices or biases, without any opinions or beliefs, one day come to hold…

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“Ardor & Clear Knowing”

There are two qualities that are often overlooked in vipassana, or insight meditation. The Satipatthana Sutta tells us we need more than just mindfulness on our path to awakening. We need ardor and…

the faceless seer

“The Faceless Seer”

Because “I” can’t be removed from you, because it’s essential to you, only you can investigate it for yourself. So, go ahead, take a look. What is this thing you call “I”? Where is it? What is it like? What is its nature?…

the faceless seer

“The Noble Eightfold Path”

Dharma practice, then, asks us to live in peace and harmony with the Dharma. Together, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path form an indivisible whole called the Dharma, or Truth, Law, Nature, Life.

Metta or Loving-Kindness…

Cultivating loving attention

“Cultivating Loving Attention”

How many of your words and actions are reactive & automatic? How many are reflective and intentional? What would it be like, what would it feel like, to intentionally love yourself, others, and the world?

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“My Prayer to Humanity”

One of the yummiest parts of my day is found in the company of my family’s stillness as we sit around the dinner table just before we eat. “Should we have our moment of silence?” Gideon, my eight-year-old, asks…

the divine connection

“The Divine Connection”

You don’t need to search far and wide for the Divine connection. It’s that without beginning or end. See and feel – know directly – the love that both surrounds you and fills you. Know the Love that is you…

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“Everything Changes”

It’s no secret everything changes. Your experience this morning isn’t your experience now. Yet how many of us act like we really understand this? How often do we grasp onto the illusion of things…

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“Awakening to Your Heart”

What do you think it’d feel like if you committed your time, energy, and awareness to alleviate the suffering all around you? How would it feel to wrap the world in a caring attention?

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“What is the Space of Possibility”

I’m glad you decided to explore the Space of Possibility! I wish you the best possible experience, the best possible life, whatever that looks like to you. Toward that wish, I made you this gift…

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“Cultivate Reverence”

Reverence is a companion — a strong force — in our ascent to the heavens. It continually raises us to higher states of being. Have you ever stood under the Milky Way, sat in a holy place, or been graced…

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“Character Development”

What could be more important than building up your own character, building up your life? Develop yourself so you can give more of yourself away, so you are better situated to uplift the world…

Awakening Your Heart

“Ascending to Heaven”

Ascending to heaven takes hard word and discipline. One can’t simply walk through the gate. Before she can even begin her ascent, there is preparatory work to do. There are seeds of character she must…

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“The Four Noble Truths”

The Buddha taught only suffering and its end, which is expressed in the Four Noble Truths — the indispensable foundation embraced by all Buddhist traditions and lineages, no matter how far their metaphysics…

You want to be free

“You Want to Be Free?”

A common obstacle I hear from people who want to start a meditation practice is that it’s just too damn hard to sit still with themselves. I hear you, it is hard. Our culture is pathologically busy. We are so…

Motivations & Intentions

“Motivations & Intentions”

Without understanding our motivations for our actions, what can we say we are really doing? Where is our freedom, our choice, our awareness? Now, of course, unless we’re saints, this is where many of us are at…

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“Hallucinations of Perception”

When we perceive the world without mindfulness, which is the norm for most people most of the time, then we simply know and remember only the surface appearance of things. Our experience becomes limited by…

4 noble truths

“Thinking Into Being”

Thought takes the seamless and interconnected whole of existence and breaks it into pieces, which can then come into relation to one another. It is in thought that ‘you’ and ‘I’ are born, where ‘you’ and ‘I’ can relate…

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