Zen teacher Norman Fischer proposes a two-week trial run to get your meditation practice started and looks at how to deal with some of the obstacles you may encounter.
The late Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five simple exercises to help you live with joy.
In the Chan and Zen traditions, says Guo Gu, enlightenment is not something we create or achieve. It’s who we already are.
“The essence of our practice can be described as transforming suffering into happiness,” says Thich Nhat Hanh.
The Zen practice of just sitting, says Lewis Richmond, doesn’t help us to reach our destination. It allows us to stop having one. But how do you “go” nowhere?
When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we open to the wonders of life and allow the world to heal and nourish us.
Thich Nhat Hanh says that mindfulness shows us the suffering of life and connects us with compassion.
Relaxing the mind is a big goal of Buddhist practice, but to do that you need to relax your body as well. Sister Chan Khong teaches us a three-step practice to access a deep restfulness that rivals sleep.
Karen Maezen Miller gives her New Years well wishes.
When your life takes the shape of a question, says Guo Gu, then you have entered the practice of huatou.