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The Metta Bhavana

I have found the Metta Bhavana practice to be extraordinarily grounding this week. Loving Kindness truly is a journey into the heart of our essential selves. I imagine the pool near my heart fill to brimming with the sweet essence of pink Lotus flowers. The pool is the Unmanifested. The petals represent the incarnation of […]

The Raisin Experiment

Dried Grapes on the Vine, raisin, originally uploaded by Otto Phokus. I tried the raisin experiment today as part of my meditation class. It was an interesting experiment for me because I’m not a big fan of raisins, particularly in food such as cookies. However, it occurred to me that I had once upon a […]

The God Within

Big Buddha – Head, originally uploaded by Caro Spark. I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are not like your Christ. —Mahatma Gandhi I don’t remember at what age I made the unilateral decision to abandon the notion of God as the ethereal benefactor up in the sky. I was […]

The Happy Man

The Happy Man, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. It is critical to serve others, to contribute actively to others’ well-being. I often tell practitioners that they should adopt the following principle: regarding one’s own personal needs, there should be as little involvement or obligation as possible. But regarding service to others, there should be as many […]

The Halo

Buddha, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. We have a ritual now. He sits on my lap, his little head pressed tight against my shoulder. He pulls on the gold chain as I remind him to be gentle. His little legs are tucked up beneath him. And he asks the same question, although I’ve answered it many […]