Category Archives: Meditation

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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a common ground among different traditions of meditation?

I wrote a guest post on this topic on the new “What Meditation Really Is” website. Click here.

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How to Meditate: Eight Simple Steps

This week I wrote a guest post for my wife’s blog Always Well Within. It is called How to meditate: Eight Simple Steps. The post is a based on a handout that I put together for our local meditation group. … Continue reading

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Bringing the Mind Home

In my last post I wrote that ultimate true happiness can only be found if we recognize the nature of mind but that on a relative level the practices of meditation, compassion and devotion can help us come closer to … Continue reading

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How does ego work?

I am trying to understand better how ego works. The Tibetan word for ego is Dak Dzin. Dak means “self” and Dzin “to grasp”,  and put together it means grasping at a self. In particular, the teachings say that it … Continue reading

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What is the nature of my being?

Since my last post I have been reflecting more on the question ”Who am I?” or better phrased “What is the nature of my being?”. I have been looking at some of the teachings from the Zen Buddhist tradition.  What … Continue reading

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The world is a mystery

Usually I am very groggy when I first wake up in the morning and it takes a while for my mind to show any signs of consciousness. But sometimes I wake up in the morning with a sense of wonder. … Continue reading

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Neither block your thoughts nor chase after them

Today, I would like to share more advice by Mingyur Rinpoche on how to deal with thoughts and emotions, that he gave in the context of the exercise from his book The Joy of Living, which I described in my … Continue reading

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