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Thich Nhat Hanh-The Five Mindfulness Trainings

I still remember vividly taking the Five Mindful Trainings vow in 2002 from Thich Nhat Hanh at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. By now, the Trainings are written in my heart, but I still look at them once a week, renewing my vow and sending to Thây, his monks and nuns, and his students, any merit […]

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The Power of the Smile in Our Meditation and Lives

At my first retreat with my heart teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, I was struck by how many times Thây talked about smiling and its importance to the practice he was teaching. Of course, it was so wonderful to be in the presence of this living Bodhisattva, and his loving, compassionate monks, it was hard not […]

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Hugging Meditation-A Gift to Children from Thich Nhat Hahn

This post is for the children in our lives. It’s from Present Moment, Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living by Thich Nhat Hanh. The verses in this book, called gathas, can be a wonderful, skillful means for bringing mindfulness to our daily lives, our activities, and our relationships with others. The gatha below is […]

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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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Bathing in the Breath to Heal Body and Mind

In a previous post, I shared a teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh titled “Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing.” This post has proven helpful and inspiring to many people, so I wanted to share something from Thây’s Theravadan brother-in-the-dharma, Thanissaro Bhikkhu. (Thây, by the way, is Thich Nhat Hanh’s students’ affectionate name for him) […]

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Zen Wisdom-The State of No-Mistake is Called Nowness

After my heart teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the first Zen teachers I read and studied extensively was Roshi John Daido Loori. Founder of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism, Roshi Loori is considered one the great American masters of the Zen koan system.  Although he recently passed on, you can find […]

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Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing

This excerpt from a talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to use mindfulness of breathing to bring loving-kindness to our dear bodies. The physical effect of this can be truly remarkable. As Thây says, “You should really love your body. You should really take care of your body. Mindful breathing, with rest, […]

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Audio Dharma-Healing Breath as Medicine

“Think of [working with the breath] as a healing process. Many times, as soon as the mind gets a little bit still and the breath gets comfortable, you think, “Well, what’s next?” But before you can move to the next stage, a lot of healing has to be done in the body—all the areas of […]

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Developing the sensitivity that lays golden eggs

This post is a “supplement” to “How to Become a Loving Presence in the World,” because it speaks to developing the kind of presence that is a sensitivity, a deep mindfulness, of what’s going on. (This mindful sensitivity is the very opposite of the “sensitivity” that is reactive, fearful, and self-defensive!) If we aspire to […]

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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 […]

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Freshen Up Your Practice with Walking Meditation

If you’ve been doing sitting meditation for a while, you might want to look into walking meditation as a way to “freshen up” your meditative practice.  This is the advice of Ajahn Brahmavamso in his instruction that I’m sharing below.  I can attest from my own practice how helpful walking meditation can be.  In fact, […]

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Mindfulness of Breathing-The Anapanasati Sutta

If a person knows anything about Buddhism, they probably know that Buddhists “meditate.” And they may know that Buddhists give a lot of attention to the breath, making it an object of meditation and attention. Indeed, reading some literature, one might well think that Buddhism could just as well be called “Breathology!” But, there’s a […]

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Mindfulness of Breathing-Exploring the breath is interesting!

“…if you find that the breath is boring, it’s because, one, you’re not paying attention; and two, you’re not asking the right questions.” This post in the second of this week’s focus on anapanasati—mindfulness on breathing. See also: Mindfulness of Breathing-a short teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh Bathing in the Breath to Heal Body and […]

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Mindfulness of Breathing-a short teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

Probably no practice of Buddhism is more basic or more universal than anapanasati, or mindfulness of breathing. The word ânàpànasati is a Pali word that literally means mindfulness (or full awareness) on the in- and out-breath. It would be a mistake, however to conclude that anapanasati only means mindfulness established on in and out breathing. […]

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