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Where does the enneagram come from?

August 20, 2019   |   Leave a reply

I’ve begun work on my book about the enneagram, something I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I plan to do so from a Buddhist perspective. I am discovering what this means in the act of writing. It is quite natural to wonder, “where does it come from?” Good question. I have searched high and low for the answer.... READ MORE

How to be Happy: Step Four

August 19, 2019   |   1 Comment

Meditation begins at 10:13 Audio only is here. Hello, dear meditator. I hope you are well and feeling strong and confident in your innate goodness. For the past few weeks, we have been looking at the six paramitas or transcendent actions. Paramita means “arrived at the other shore.” In our case, the other shore is the world where decency, sanity,... READ MORE

The Bow

August 15, 2019   |   Leave a reply

At the end of a yoga or meditation class, it is common to close with a bow. Hands are in Anjali mudra (as pictured). Then…what? For us in the West, bowing feels like subservience in motion. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Bowing is actually a gesture of power and generosity. . First, you bring your palms together. Left... READ MORE

Kripalu

August 14, 2019   |   Leave a reply

Here I am, about to start teaching a program at Kripalu, a lovely program/retreat center in Western Massachusetts. I took these photos when I went to see our program room just before it filled. ⁣ ⁣⁣ 50 people would soon take their seats for “The Power of Meditation.” Who are they? What do they think meditation is? What do they... READ MORE

How to be Happy: Step Three

August 12, 2019   |   Leave a reply

Meditation begins at 14:12 Audio only is here. Hello, dear meditator. We are investigating the six paramitas or transcendent actions, aka the virtues that lead to a world of sanity, goodness, peace, and joy. What’s not to like?! Today we investigate the third paramita, patience. If you missed the first two, they are here and here. Thoughts? Was there a... READ MORE

How to Be Happy: Step Two

August 5, 2019   |   Leave a reply

Meditation begins at 10:40 Audio only is here. Hello, dear meditator. In the Buddhist view, there are six steps we can take to create more happiness for ourselves and others, starting immediately. They are known as the six paramitas or six perfections. Last week, we took a look at the first paramita, generosity, of which there are three kinds. (If... READ MORE

How to be happy: Step One (of six)

July 29, 2019   |   1 Comment

Meditation begins at 14:35 Audio only is here. I am taking a few weeks off to plan and dream about what to offer you in the Open Heart Project in 2020. (Thank you, summer.) So for the next 6 weeks, I’m going to resend the six-video series we completed earlier this year on the six paramitas: generosity, discipline, patience, exertion,... READ MORE

Do you have problems being consistent with your practice? The cause may not be what you think.

December 4, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 10:32 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. Basically everyone I have ever known finds it difficult to be consistent with their practice and, further, basically everyone thinks this is because they lack discipline. I suggest that this is probably not the issue. Before... READ MORE

When you’re committed to kindness, how do you respond to hate? (The one where someone called me a _________ [the b word])

November 27, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 9:17 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. In the U.S., this is Thanksgiving weekend. For many of us, this means time with family–which can also mean time with people who make you angry/sad/confused/irritated…triggered. We meditate to practice generosity, patience, and equanimity. How do... READ MORE

How to dispel stressful, scary thoughts + a very special guest speaker

November 13, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 4:58 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. Before today’s meditation, I offer you a suggestion for working with painful thoughts. It is a short, simple exercise you can do anytime, anywhere, on the spot. I use it constantly. Let me know if you try it! This suggestion comes directly from the work of a... READ MORE

Right Speech: Four important choices that turn your words into tiny emissaries of goodness and power.

November 6, 2017   |   4 Comments

The meditation begins at 7:15 Audio only version is here. Hello dear meditators. It is great to see you! In meditation, we bring mindfulness to three aspects of our existence. First, we are mindful of our bodies in the way we establish the meditation posture. Second, we become mindful of breath by allowing our attention to ride the breath. Finally,... READ MORE