The way to really rest our busy minds in meditation is to let go of all thoughts about our thoughts. The more we do this, the more we discover our “enlightened potential.”
“The essence of our practice can be described as transforming suffering into happiness,” says Thich Nhat Hanh.
“It is the kindness of the buddhas to provide us with a complete path, and the preliminary practices are part of that path.”
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.
How can we be sure we’re following the path of meditation genuinely? Carolyn Rose Gimian has tips for keeping it real.
A peaceful mind begins, says James Ishmael Ford, when you sit down, shut up, and pay attention.
Monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu, a trained translator of the Buddha’s words, reveals seven fake Buddha quotes he’s found. See if you’re not surprised.
A Talk on The Sandokai of Sekito Kisen by Suzuki Roshi.
Pema Chödrön describes how to release anger by deciding which wolf in our mind we want to feed.
An introduction to the life, books, and teachings of Pema Chödrön, one of America’s most beloved Buddhist teachers.