Freedom Finds Us When We Pause
“Temporary nirvana.” This is how contemporary Thai Buddhist teacher Ajahan Buddhadasa describes the precious interludes between all our “doing;”... Read more >
Finding Your Querencia in the Pause
In bullfighting there is an interesting parallel to what I call the art of pausing, as a place of... Read more >
Radical Acceptance of Desire
When I was first introduced to Buddhism in a high school World Studies class, I dismissed it out-of-hand. This... Read more >
Saying Yes To Life As It Is
Zen teacher Ed Brown is a brilliant cook and founder of the Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, famous for... Read more >
Pain Is Not Wrong ~ blog
Many years ago when I was pregnant with my son, I decided to have a home birth without drugs,... Read more >
Stories That Teach About Freedom
I was stunned by the news that Jesse was in critical condition with pneumonia and heart failure. We had... Read more >
Inviting Mara to Tea
  This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,... Read more >
Inquiry and Naming: Practices to Dispel the Trance
Sometimes, when our carefully constructed lives seem to be falling apart – when we get a divorce, lose a... Read more >
When We Don’t Make Anything “Wrong”
Sometimes when I talk about Radical Acceptance, I like to tell the story about Jacob, a man who at... Read more >
The Sacred Pause
In our lives we often find ourselves in situations we can’t control, circumstances in which none of our strategies... Read more >
When We Stop Running
Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be, was the son of a wealthy king who ruled over a beautiful kingdom in the foothills... Read more >
Running Away Deepens the Trance
A traditional folk tale tells the story of a man who becomes so frightened by his own shadow that... Read more >
Unfolding the Wings of Acceptance
When we are caught in the trance of unworthiness, we do not clearly recognize what is happening inside us,... Read more >
Accepting Absolutely Everything
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers... Read more >
Learning to Recognize Our Strategies
Whenever we find ourselves caught in what I call “the trance of unworthiness,” many of us tend to reflexively... Read more >
Growing Up Unworthy
In their book, Stories of the Spirit, Jack Kornfield and Christina Feldman tell this story: A family went out... Read more >
Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers
Imperfection Is Not Our Personal Problem
After graduating from college, I moved into an ashram, a spiritual community, and enthusiastically devoted myself to the lifestyle... Read more >
“My Religion is Kindness”
One of the wonderful teachings of the Dalai Lama, something he says quite regularly, is “My religion is kindness.”... Read more >
Everybody Has Buddha Nature – Tara Brach
You will be walking some night… It will be clear to you suddenly that you were about to escape,... Read more >
“Something is Wrong with Me”
When I was in college, I went off to the mountains for a weekend of hiking with an older,... Read more >