Thanksgiving with the Buddha, Part 1

Rarely do I watch or listen to the news in the mornings.  It is too soon after my daily practices and way too much of a shock to my mind.   And yet today, I chose to ignore that awareness and listen in out of concern for family members, wondering and somewhat anxious about Thanksgiving. The […]

Equanimity

As a solid rock cannot be moved by the wind, the wise are not shaken by praise or blame. – The Buddha Wouldn’t that be nice? Sometimes quotes give me a clear understanding that I have some work to do. Although through years of practice I have developed greater trust in being able to handle an […]

Thanksgiving Beyond Myself

This post was written earlier this year when the author was a high school senior.  It is republished here to give readers an opportunity for inner reflection as part of this year’s holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Where there is gratitude, there is joy, and desire is silent for a moment. It is in our human nature […]

Deconstruction

“I’ve heard you are an atheist these days.” I’ve learned to smile. Statements like that abound. I laugh to myself because, in these moments, I actually find myself deeply in love with the Divine nature. I find myself releasing and relishing in it in ways I haven’t in a long time. I was recently asked […]

PILGRIMAGE

Recently, Michael had the opportunity to realize a long-held dream, following his dharma to participate in a retreat with a teacher that he has admired for several years.  Here, he chronicles his journey, along with the thoughts, reflections, and lessons that he experienced along the way. DAY 1 As I settle in to my airplane […]