Develop A Mind Like Sky

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Meditation teacher Jack Kornfield explains the why and how of developing wise attention, or open awareness. Meditation comes alive through a growing capacity to release our habitual entanglement in the stories and plans, conflicts and worries that make up the small sense of self, and to rest in awareness. In meditation we do this simply by acknowledging the moment-to-moment [...]

Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem

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A personal meditation practice is the foundation of Buddhism, but do we need more? Essentially we make the journey alone, but many people find that committing themselves to the three jewels—Buddha, dharma, and sangha—helps take them further. These three make up the lineage, philosophy, and community of Buddhism, and their purpose is to deepen and expand our practice. When we [...]

Generosity’s Perfection

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Giving up, giving in, just plain giving—Sharon Salzberg says that’s the truly transformative experience. Generosity opens our heart, frees us from attachment and is the basis of all good qualities. It’s the foundation of the Buddhist path. The cultivation of generosity is the beginning of spiritual awakening. Generosity has tremendous force because it arises from an inner [...]

Queer Eye, Right View

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The queer eye sees what it’s not supposed to: alluring curve of hip or neck on the wrong type of body, band of colored light in a thundercloud, rain bowing like a bodhisattva’s back. Likewise, the Dhammapada tells us that the wise see with the inner eye. This secret eye is how we grasp the wheel of dharma, which turns and turns despite whatever sensation we might have of [...]

Meet a Teacher: Larry Yang

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Our congratulations to meditation teacher Larry Yang, who's been named Community Grand Marshal of the 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade. Larry recently told his personal story and answered Lion's Roar's "Meet a Teacher" questionnaire; they follow here so that you can get to know him better. As immigrant Asian Americans in the McCarthy era, my parents were not able to get housing [...]

How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation

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Step-by-step instructions on how to do this important practice ­— the foundation of all Buddhist meditations — from the late Vipassana master Sayadaw U Pandita. Vipassana, or insight meditation, is the practice of continued close attention to sensation, through which one ultimately sees the true nature of existence. It is believed to be the form of meditation practice taught [...]

Writing the Ruth Denison Story

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Ruth Denison, pioneer Buddhist teacher, died in February 2015 after forty years of inspired, innovative teaching. Sandy Boucher, her student and biographer, gives a candid account of the tangles and revelations in chronicling the life of her gifted mentor. Ruth Denison was leery of people wanting to audiotape or videotape or write about her. She believed that you had to come [...]

Four funny, poignant teachings from Ajahn Brahm

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Not long ago, we were fortunate to have a visit with Theravada Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm. Brahm is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia and a famous advocate for the full ordination of Buddhist nuns. He is also the author of the recent book Kindfulness, from Wisdom Publications. (You'll find "Start With What's Easy to Love," one of Brahm's "kindfulness" [...]

The Promise of Nibbana

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 According to the Buddha, final liberation is marked by an end of craving and, ultimately, all suffering. What does that look like and how is it achieved? The late Burmese meditation master Mahasi Sayadaw explains. Nibbana is not like a splendid palace, city, or country. It is not like a bright light or some kind of clear, calm element. All of these things are not [...]

Full-Stop Mind

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The late Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw helped to revitalize the Vipassana tradition with his precise teachings on meditation. His student Bhante Bodhidhamma presents Mahasi’s simple and direct method for slowing down and ultimately halting conceptual thinking. It has been more than 2,500 years since the Buddha first expounded the teachings. Throughout history, the teachings, [...]