Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, LionsRoar.com editorial director Rod Meade Sperry reflects on his many years as a beginning meditator.
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.
For the independent practitioner, there is no clear roadmap to practice. The sheer volume of material to study can be overwhelming. It’s probably best to begin at the beginning—with yourself.
It’s possible that most Western Buddhists are “unaffiliated.” There is therefore no record of their activity. They practice off the books.
You have a mind, body, thoughts, and a natural bent toward awakening. From that great beginning, Judy Lief offers guidelines for the path ahead of you.
A teaching by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on how to take the fresh and open mind you’ve experienced into the rest of your life.
The teachers tackle the issue of unaffiliated buddhists and whether having a set tradition and teacher is necessary to practice buddhism genuinely.
There’s wisdom in loneliness, writes Rob Brooks in this latest post from The Under 35 Project, but it can be a scary path to find yourself on.
Internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Mingyur Rinpoche has been on a private pilgrimage since early June of this year.
In this Buddhadharma Forum, Guy Armstrong, Elizabeth Mattish-Namgyel, and Geoffrey Shugen Arnold explain what to expect from going on a long-term Buddhist retreat. Introduction by Christine Skarda.