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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on Nourishing Happiness

This excerpt is from Thich Nhat Hanh’s wonderful book “Teachings on Love.” In it, Thây gives three exercises that are a kind of metta meditation—aspiration for our own happiness and the happiness of others. As is usual in metta, the first verse aspiration is for our own happiness. The second verse is for a friend, […]

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Four Steps to Better Meditation Practice

If you are learning to meditate, this is a terrific “short course” in the basics of mindfulness. If you’re an experienced meditator, this dharma talk by Ajahn Chah is a great refresher. (This is a revision of an earlier post called “How Confident Are You About Your Meditation Practice?”) This excerpt come from “The Teachings […]

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The Paradox of Becoming-A Deep Study of the Buddha’s Teaching

Of all the skillful writings of Thanissaro Bhikkhu, I think “The Paradox of Becoming” is probably his greatest, his magnum opus, though his “Wings to Awakening” certainly ranks right at the top as well. (see: Wings to Awakening-An Anthology from the Pali Canon) In this wonderful treatise, Thanissaro Bhikkhu has brings together all the Buddha’s […]

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Mary Oliver, the Buddha and a Poem called “Spring” with Music

Few poets speak to my heart as Mary Oliver does. Here’s another one of her remarkable poems that has moved my heart.  It’s called “Spring,” and it’s from her collection of poems and prose poems called West Wind—highly recommended! At the end of the poem I’ve also posted some music I think you enjoy. It […]

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Wings to Awakening-An Anthology from the Pali Canon

For the student who wants to dig deeply into the Buddha’s teachings, “Wings to Awakening” is one of the best anthologies available because of its very specific focus on the “how” and “what” of the Buddha’s Awakening. As its author, Thanissaro Bhikkhu writes in the Preface: Many anthologies of the Buddha’s teachings have appeared in […]

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There’s More to Dying Than Death-A Buddhist Perspective

“It is understandable that those who do not believe there is any reality deeper than this life, and the death that ends it, do not want to dwell on the fact of death. But if you suspect there is a way to awaken to a deeper, timeless reality that lies beyond birth and death, there […]

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The Path of Peace-In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Of all the books that influenced me in my early study of Buddhism, the one that I probably cherish most is a remarkable free book I downloaded from the internet called “The Path of Peace (in the footsteps of the Buddha) by Brother Pho Quan. In my practice, this book as stood the test of […]

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Book Review-Freeing the Angry Mind-a book for angry men

A few years ago in a book store, a book with this title caught my eye: Freeing the Angry Mind—How Men Can Use Mindfulness & Reason to Save Their Lives and Their Relationships by C. Peter Bankart, Ph.D. Wow, a book addressing the specific issues of men around anger! I flipped to the front of […]

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Using the Thousand Petal Lotus Meditation for Weight Control

Yesterday I reviewed the book Meditating to Attain a Healthy Bodyweight by Dr. Lawrence LaShan. I said I thought it could be a helpful book, but one of the caveats I made was about the difference between a “therapeutic” or medical approach to meditation and what mediation means in Buddhism (or any other spiritual discipline, […]

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How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?

This post’s title might seem an unusual one for a blog oriented toward Buddhism, but being a “lamp unto myself,” I celebrate light and love wherever they appear, and there’s a lot of both in this interview with philosopher Jacob Needleman. The article I’m referring you to comes from Religion Dispatches, one of my very […]

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Book Review-Meditating to Attain a Healthy Bodyweight

Someone gave me a book on meditating and weight management and asked me what I thought of it as a Buddhist. The book is called Meditating to Attain a Healthy Bodyweight by Dr. Lawrence LaShan. Although written 15 years ago, I think it’s still current in terms of how many psychotherapists are trying to find […]

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Krishnamurti-Freedom from the Known

Krishnamurti—Freedom from the Known If you enjoyed the excerpt from Krishnamurti’s “Freedom from the Known,” you can download and read the full text at my Wisdom page: Metta Refuge: Wisdom Page or you can download it directly here in Microsoft Word format: Krishnamurti – Freedom from the Known ♥♥♥

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Dogen Poem-I Awaken to the True Path

Drifting pitifully in the whirlwind of birth and death, As if wandering in a dream, In the midst of illusion I awaken to the true path; There is one more matter I must not neglect, But I need not bother now, As I listen to the sound of the evening rain Falling on the roof […]

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Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal

Jack Kornfield was one of the very first dharma teachers I read and he remains one of my all-time favorites.  The book  of his that touched me mostly deeply is A Path With Heart-A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.  The wisdom that he shares in this book was literally spiritual life-saving […]

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More Mindfulness in Plain English-and a word of caution

For those who are interested, I have updated my Meditation Page to include a 22 page excerpt from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.  My last post gives a feel for Gunaratana’s teaching, but really doesn’t do justice to how practical and “nuts and bolts” this instruction is. If the last post tweaked […]

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