How do I share the dharma with my kids?

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Q: 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 turn [...]

The Four Highest Emotions

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"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 [...]

Learn the “BASICS” of Insight Meditation

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The term “insight meditation” comes from the Pali word Vipassana. It is the ability to see clearly and deeply into what is unfolding in our lives. Insight practice reveals what has created our present conditions and allows us to more fully live in the present moment. This is so valuable for our ability to make conscious choices to better our lives. It is why the Buddha said [...]

Four funny, poignant teachings from Ajahn Brahm

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Recently, we were fortunate to welcome Theravada Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm into our office. 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 Don't Worry, Be Grumpy, from Wisdom Publications, which embodies the funny, inspiring and very unconventional style on show [...]

Sharon Salzberg on getting started with meditation

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Sharon Salzberg explains the ins and outs of a core technique—meditating on the breath. This classic meditation practice is designed to deepen concentration by teaching us to focus on the in-breath and out-breath. Sit comfortably on a cushion or a chair. Keep your back erect, but without straining or overarching. (If you can’t sit, lie on your back, on a yoga mat or folded [...]

Buddhist psychotherapist and “RAIN” champion Tara Brach

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Western psychology and Buddhism—together they offer us a complete diagnosis of the human condition. Andrea Miller talks to psychotherapist Tara Brach, who works to combine these two disciplines into a powerful path to love and fulfillment. The open sky, the scent of pine, the smell of sea—summer in Cape Cod felt to Tara Brach like her true home. As she was growing up, the [...]

Insight Meditation: Present, Open & Aware

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Emily Horn on how to discover the peace and awakening in every moment. We all long for deeper connection with ourselves and others, less stress, and a better understanding of what is really happening in our lives. Through the practice of Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, we find that peace and awakening are found right here in the present. Insight Meditation is a way to hack [...]

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 famed 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 [...]

Loving-Kindness: It Starts with You

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Josh Korda on how to free your naturally loving heart and expand your goodwill to include all beings. I haven’t had a drink or a self-prescribed mood-altering drug in nineteen years. I make that statement with both pride and wonder, given the amount of suffering that preceded my renunciation of booze, pills, and the like. I mostly attribute my sobriety to my spiritual [...]

Just Do It

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Whether you’re learning to meditate or ride a bike, says Ajahn Jayasaro, it’s not about how good you are or how far you get. The point is simply to practice with a sincere and consistent effort. As I remember, the majority of the teachings that Ajahn Chah gave were not startlingly profound. They didn’t consist of things that you’d never heard of before, where you would say, [...]