Blanche Hartman explains one of the Buddha’s most significant teachings—impermanence—and discusses how it can bring great happiness.
The Buddhist practice of sitting meditation has three aspects. Being in the body is the ground of practice. Labeling our thoughts breaks our identification with them.
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.
“It is the kindness of the buddhas to provide us with a complete path, and the preliminary practices are part of that path.”
Dharma is a fascinating term. It integrates many levels of experience—from our first moment on the path to the achievement of realization.
Taking refuge in the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha is something more than a ritual, wrote Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
It is only when we begin to relax with ourselves as we are that meditation becomes a transformative process.
Normally, when we talk about meditation, we’re talking about formal meditation, meaning that our meditation session has a definite beginning and end.
The pitfall is always within yourself. This very body and mind is the Way. You are complete to begin with. There is no gap, but you think there is.
Every now and then a person just needs a good screed, a healthy diatribe, a dose of invective, a solid shot of vinegar to cut the treacle.