Emptiness Dancing
This entire living world – including these forms we call self – is a creative arising and dissolving of... Read more >
Happy For No Reason
For years I’d heard that qigong was an ideal meditation for physical healing, and when I first experimented with... Read more >
You're in Good Hands
The Three Qualities of Awareness
About 2,600 years ago, when Siddhartha Gautama (the soon-to-be Buddha) sat down under the bodhi tree, his resolve was... Read more >
The Backward Step
Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa once opened a class by drawing a V on a large white sheet of poster paper. He... Read more >
I’m Nothing, Yet I’m All I Can Think About
Writing and speaking about the nature of awareness is a humbling process; as the third Zen patriarch said, “Words!... Read more >
Defending Against Loss
The Buddha taught that we spend most of our life like children in a burning house, so entranced by... Read more >
“Please Love Me”
Indian teacher Sri Nisargadatta writes, “The mind creates the abyss. The heart crosses over it.” Sometimes the abyss of... Read more >
Prayer in the Face of Difficulty
Ask the friend for love Ask him again For I have found that every heart Will get what it... Read more >
Meeting Our Edge and Softening
It’s another morning, another day of having to live inside a hurting body inherited from a little known, rare... Read more >
Deep Listening: Ear of the Heart
Deep Listening: Ear of the Heart
Most of us consider listening a great virtue. We love having others listen to us with interest and care,... Read more >
Learning To See Past The Mask
My friend Richie and I met when we were juniors in college. A shy, thoughtful African American man, he... Read more >
Awakening Through Anger
One evening after my Wednesday night meditation class, Amy, a member of our D.C. meditation community, asked if we... Read more >
Entrusting Yourself to the Waves
I was drawn to my first Buddhist mindfulness retreat during a time when my son, Narayan, was four, and... Read more >
Letting Life Live Through Us
Many years ago, after several years of experiencing a long chronic illness, I attended a six-week Vipassana meditation retreat. Given... Read more >
Which Wolf Are You Feeding?
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as many people feared an ongoing and vicious spiral of retaliation and... Read more >
Rejecting the Wanting Self
“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps... Read more >
Connecting with Our ‘Soul Sadness’
Marge, a woman in our meditation community, was in a painful standoff with her teenage son. At fifteen, Micky... Read more >
Self-Forgiveness and Making Amends
We are deeply imprinted by the suffering we have caused others. This imprint is sometimes felt as shame, guilt,... Read more >
Loosening the Grip of Core and Limiting Beliefs
I’ve gotten free of that ignorant fist that was pinching and  twisting my secret self.  The universe and the... Read more >
Opening the Gateway of Love
As one of the American pioneers credited for bringing Eastern spirituality to the West, Ram Dass had more than... Read more >