Archive | vipassana-meditation RSS feed for this section

Audio Dharma-An Introduction to Metta by Gil Fronsdal

One of the reasons I upgraded my blog for audio capability was so that I could include talks by Gil Fronsdal. Along with Thanissaro Bhikkhu, he was one of the very first dharma teachers I listened to, and he had a huge impact on my understanding and practice of Buddhism. I’ll always be grateful to […]

Continue reading

Some More Helpul Tips on Walking Meditation

Yesterday I offered some beginning walking meditation instruction by Ajahn Brahmavamso in a post entitled “Freshen Up Your Practice with Walking Meditation.” Today, I want to share further instruction by another skillful Theravadan monk, Venerable Sujiva. This instruction is from an article called “For the Stilling of Volcanoes.” The article is an introduction to insight […]

Continue reading

Learn Metta Vipassana from a Master Teacher

In yesterday’s post: Mindfulness of Breathing-The Anapanasati Sutta I shared Venerable U Vimalaramsi’s marvelous commentary on this seminal teaching of the Buddha on breath mediation. Since this post, a student of Bhante Vimalaramsi pointed me to his website, which supports his teaching and practice here in the United States: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center Bhante Vimalaramsi […]

Continue reading

Buddhist Forgiveness-When We Have Hurt Another-Part 3

When we hurt others, and our conscience is awake, we suffer. While having a conscience is good, the Buddha is all about the ending of suffering, right? So, what do we do? Bhante Bodhidhamma is a vipassana (insight meditation) teacher of over 20 years experience. He offers some very helpful insight practices to help us […]

Continue reading

Buddhist Forgiveness-When We Have Hurt Another-Part 2

When we hurt others, and our conscience is awake, we suffer. While having a conscience is good, the Buddha is all about the ending of suffering, right? So, what do we do? Bhante Bodhidhamma is a vipassana (insight meditation) teacher of over 20 years experience. He offers some very helpful insight practices to help us […]

Continue reading

Buddhist Forgiveness-When We Have Hurt Another-Part 1

When we hurt others, and our conscience is awake, we suffer. While having a conscience is good, the Buddha is all about the ending of suffering, right? So, what do we do? Bhante Bodhidhamma is a vipassana (insight meditation) teacher of over 20 years experience. He offers some very helpful insight practices to help us […]

Continue reading

Yes-Buddhism Teaches Forgiveness!

Reading discussions on blogs and various web sites about Brit Hume’s assertion that Christianity is much better suited to forgiveness than Buddhism, I was struck by two things: 1) How sure some Christians were that Christianity had a special  monopoly when it comes to forgiveness 2) And how unfamiliar some people defending Buddhism seemed to […]

Continue reading

Christmas Metta 2009-The Four Immeasurables

My Christmas gift to all is this wonderful explanation of The Four Immeasurables from the wonderful Naljor Prison Dharma Service, located in Boulder, Colorado. Metta is one of the four sides of the Four Immeasurables, and though this site’s emphasis is on metta, or loving-kindness, you can no more separate metta from compassion, sympathetic joy, […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

Bhante Gunaratana on Seeing Things as They Really Are

This excerpt is from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. Mindfulness in Plain English was one of the first books on meditation I read, and I often go back to it for “check ups” to see how I’m doing. I never fail to learn something new or be reminded of something important skill […]

Continue reading

Practicing the Middle Way-not too much, not too little

Lately I been thinking a lot about what right effort is in Buddhist practice. Right effort is, of course, one of the elements of the Noble Eightfold Path. Regardless of what some others may teach or say, the Buddha taught that liberation requires effort, but not just any effort, but right effort. Just what is […]

Continue reading

Tara Brach and Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach is a highly skillful meditation teacher who brings 35 years of insight meditation practice to her background as a clinical psychologist. Her book, Radical Acceptance, brought a huge amount of emotional and spiritual healing into my life, and I can’t recommend her enough. At her website you can find wonderful talks and teachings—both […]

Continue reading

The Peace of Metta-Sharon Salzburg

One of the dharma mailings I enjoy receiving is Tricycle’s Daily Dharma. These short snippets from Tricycle’s huge archive always give me something useful for my practice. I mention their Daily Dharma because today’s mailing include an excerpt from one of my favorite teachers of metta, Sharon Salzberg. If you haven’t made her acquaintance, I […]

Continue reading

Metta’s focus-good intentions not positive thinking

“Metta practice is the cultivation of our capacity for loving-kindness. It does not involve either positive thinking or the imposition of an artificial positive attitude. There is no need to feel loving or kind during metta practice. Rather, we meditate on our good intentions, however weak or strong they may be, and water the seeds […]

Continue reading