Mindfulness: The Most Direct Path

Insight teacher James Baraz teaches how to train mindfulness with sitting meditation from the Vipassana tradition.

Visualizing Love

A meditation practice from Sangye Khadro on visualizing Maitreya in order to cultivate loving-kindness.

How Meditation Helps in Difficult Times

Pema Chödrön on four ways that meditation helps us deal with difficulty.

Taking Mindfulness to the Mat

Applying the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness to hatha yoga asanas, says Frank Jude Boccio, can enrich practitioners’ experiences.

Mindfulness, Love, and Relationship: Polly Young-Eisendrath on “The Training of Love”

Polly Young-Eisendrath on the training of love: "The potential for love is present, but the requirements are actually quite demanding."

Loving-Kindness is the Best Medicine

The mind that is calm, joyful, and deeply loving, says Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, is the foundation of true health and healing.

Love’s Garden

Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward reflect on the practice of metta, loving-kindness, reflected in the Buddhist imagery of the lotus flower.

Surprises on the Way

Is there a way we can extend and deepen these moments of awakened mind that coexist with our confusion? Or even just notice them when they occur? That’s the point of Buddhist meditation, which is never about doing or creating anything. We simply rest in everything as it is. It sounds so easy, yet nothing is more profound or mysterious.

The Only Choice is Kindness

“Life is so difficult, how can we be anything but kind”—it was these words that inspired Sylvia Boorstein to follow the Buddhist path.

Returning Home

Thich Nhat Hanh offers a guided meditation to relax our body and mind and return to the here and now. Fully present, fully alive, we find we are already home. Do you remember anything from your stay in your mother’s womb? All of us spent about nine months there. That’s quite a long time. I believe…

Not by Ourselves

Shikantaza demands our full self-expression, says Tenshin Reb Anderson, and this can only be realized when we meet intimately with others.

Breaking Life Down to Its Parts

The path to liberation, says Vipassana master U Pandita, is the precise breaking down of life as it unfolds – part by part, step by step, moment by moment.

Waiting. Waiting. For What?

Meditation, then, can show us our true and genuine life, with its freedom, its abundant creativity, and its joy.

Walking With St Francis

Gretel Ehrlich walks in the footsteps of St. Francis through the Umbrian countryside and ponders the life of a saint who was "radical without bitterness, vital yet gentle, dramatic—even outrageous at times—without narcissism."

Mind at Peace, Body in Balance

A look at healing meditations developed by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Healing Power of Mind.

Good Medicine For This World

Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön and novelist Alice Walker on how tonglen meditation practice opens our heart, expands our vision, and plants the seeds of love in our lives.

Healing Light

Always when we call upon light, we need to visualize an image or presence, to feel its positive qualities, and to believe in its power to heal.

Sharon Salzberg and Alice Walker: The Power of Loving-Kindness

The thing about love that I've discovered in my life is that one love leads to another. It just gets bigger and bigger. You can let it start anywhere; it can be really tiny.