Meet a Teacher: Larry Yang

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As immigrant Asian Americans in the McCarthy era, my parents were not able to get housing within the city limits of Philadelphia, so I grew up in the working-class suburb of Levittown. While I sensed early on that I was different from other boys, I didn’t have any words that came close to describing “gay” in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The tensions of “not belonging” [...]

How to celebrate Mindfulness Day on September 12

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Each year on September 12 people around the world celebrate Mindfulness Day through workshops, meditation groups, or simply taking a few minutes out of their days to be mindful. For over 20 years, Bhante Gunaratana's classic book Mindfulness in Plain English has been an entry-point into mindfulness practice. The following excerpt from Mindfulness in Plain English gives a clear [...]

Entering the Jhanas

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Entering the jhanas is not easy—the harder you try, the more difficult it becomes. But as Leigh Brasington explains, you can make yourself ready for them to open up to you. Perhaps no aspect of the Buddha's teaching has been both more misunderstood and neglected than right concentration. Yet right concentration is obviously an integral part of the Buddha's path to awakening: [...]

How to Do Metta

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Kuan Yin, bodhisattva of compassion. Photo by Liza Matthews. Jack Kornfield on beginning this time-honored, heart-opening practice. In our culture, people find it difficult to direct loving-kindness to themselves. We may feel that we are unworthy, or that it’s egotistical, or that we shouldn’t be happy when other people are suffering. So rather than start loving-kindness [...]

There Is a Path that Frees Us from Suffering


August, 2015 Update: Gina's husband, John Fowle, died on July 28, 2015. See below for details on donating to his memorial fund. Photos by Donna Svennevik. Insight teacher Gina Sharpe is working to create a truly inclusive sangha. The place to start, she says, is facing the truth that even Buddhist communities aren’t free from the suffering caused by racism. A profile by [...]

Pema Chödrön and Jack Kornfield talk “The Wondrous Path of Difficulties”

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A conversation with Pema Chödrön and Jack Kornfield, moderated by Michael Krasny about the everyday difficulties that provoke us, reveal our habitual patterns, and ultimately transform us. Call it luck, good luck. A sellout crowd of over 3,000 people arrives at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco to listen to a discussion with two of America's most respected and [...]

No Big Deal: On Metta & Forgiveness

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When I first learned about loving-kindness or Metta practice, I thought it was a little weird. Not that it’s weird to make a practice of inclining our hearts and minds towards goodwill, but a little weird to do it by silently repeating the same phrases over and over again as the meditation practice itself; May I be happy… May I be safe… May I be well. The idea of offering [...]

Ask the Teachers: How do I share the dharma with my kids?

Ask the Teachers Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Narayan Liebenson Grady Parenting Vajrayana / Tibetan Buddhism Zen Zenkei Blanche Hartman

Question: I have two sons, one seven and the other fourteen. I’d like to introduce them to meditation and the Buddhist teachings but it’s difficult to compete with Nintendo games, favorite television shows, and all the other exciting and flashy things kids gravitate to these days. How can I share the gift of dharma with my sons without trying to force it on them and potentially [...]

The Four Highest Emotions


"True love exists when the heart is so broadly trained that it can embrace all human beings and all living creatures." When we think of love, we have ideas that are purely personal and, on the whole, quite fanciful. They are based in general on our desire to be loved, from which we expect fulfillment. In reality love fulfills only the one who loves. If we understand love [...]