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What elevates your spirit?

I just posted another guest post at whatmeditationreallyis.com: ” Every morning when I check my email I begin my day with reading an inspirational message called Rigpa Glimpse of the Day. (You can sign-up for free here.) A few days … Continue reading

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Catching a cold: a lesson in discovering non-duality!

My brother’s Au pair had a cold when I visited a few days ago. A day later I had one, too! Sigh! A vivid reminder, how we human beings share our happiness and suffering in this life with each other. … Continue reading

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What is meant by the “inner posture”

I just wrote a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog on the “inner posture”: The teachings on the posture in meditation do not only give instructions about our physical posture but also include advice on our inner … Continue reading

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Medicine songs that can heal your heart

My friend P’o Anyse is finishing her first CD album. It is a collection of healing songs to which she gave the title “Sound of My Mother”. She gave that title because her music is really about discovering the healing … Continue reading

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25 favorite quotes on meditation

It’s been a while since my last post. Too many distractions! But I just posted a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog. To find out what my favorite quotes on meditation are click here.

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How can we find happiness inside?

In my last two posts What is true happiness? and Do we need to give up the sense pleasures to find true happiness?, I wrote that in the Buddhist teachings looking for happiness outside is talked about in terms of … Continue reading

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My ten favorite quotes on happiness

I just posted a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog. To find out what my ten favorite quotes on happiness are click here.

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Buddhist wisdom applied to ecology

My wife Sandra wrote a guest post on the Wisdom of Ecology for her friend’s blog Upcycled Love. It talks about how we can apply to the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings on interconnectedness and interdependence to our environment and … Continue reading

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Have you hugged your mind today?

I just posted a guest post with the title “Does your mind need a hug?” on the What Meditation Really Is blog. It is about finding and hugging your mind! When was the last time you gave your mind a … Continue reading

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Do we need to give up the sense pleasures to find true happiness?

A few weeks ago I wrote about what true happiness is. The Buddhist teachings explain that there are two kinds of happiness: One is an ordinary, fleeting and unreliable happiness which is based on physical comfort and feeling good about … Continue reading

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The Real Essence of Meditation on Video

I just posted a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog: A recent post on that blog about Mingyur Rinpoche‘s explanation of the  “The Real Essence of Meditation” reminded me of teachings that Mingyur Rinpoche gave in his … Continue reading

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What is true happiness?

I am currently instructing an introductory meditation course for the Rigpa online course program in the United States. This term we changed to a new course called “What Meditation Really Is”. It not only includes teachings on meditation but also … Continue reading

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What do lions and dogs have to do with meditation?

Please enjoy my guest post at the What Meditation Really Is blog. Here is how it starts off: At first glance, this might sound like a strange question, but actually there are meditation instructions that use these examples! I recently … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Buddha: A must read!

A few days ago I finished reading Matteo Pistono’s just published book “In the Shadow of the Buddha”. I found it an extremely captivating read! It weaves together several fascinating stories. One is Matteo’s personal spiritual journey. He gives an … Continue reading

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What mountain are you trying to climb in your meditation?

This week I wrote another guest post at What Meditation Really Is. This site has a fantastic free 10-Step Video course on meditation. Check it out!

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A sign of an authentic spiritual teacher is devotion

I thought I had said anything I wanted to say about authentic teachers in my first two posts on this topic, but in the last week I had some more “after thoughts”! A question kept coming into my mind: What … Continue reading

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