Cook's Corner - Happy Accidents

Saturday, 07 March 2015
Why is it that so many times things are invented “by mistake”? We see several examples of this in history: the invention of the slinky, chocolate chip cookies, Teflon, potato chips, and penicillin, to name a few. Or, rather than invented, certain insights are realized all of a sudden, as if a bolt of lightning had just struck.

Finding Balance

Saturday, 07 March 2015
One of the metaphors often used within shamatha practice to highlight the need for attentional balance, not being too tight or too loose in our focus, is the metaphor of the strings of a lute. If the strings are either too tight or too loose the instrument doesn't play well. Likewise if our focus is either too tight or too loose we can't focus well.

Getting to Know Yourself

Friday, 06 March 2015
Self-acceptance is a beautiful, gentle feeling, of unconditionally wishing oneself happiness, accepting all of one’s flaws, having an honest assessment of one’s strengths and virtues, and understanding one’s unique needs.
Do you ever think about how the food you eat actually becomes you? As you put a piece of food into your mouth, say, an apple – it begins to dissolve. The cell walls of the apple break down as your saliva begins the digestion process. And this digestion process is the means through which our bodies can assimilate nutrients. This is why sugar can make us jittery, why…

Dew Drop

Saturday, 07 February 2015
From where she sat in the mothers chair in the corner of the infant critical care unit, Tara Yeshe watched as the doctor and the nurses worked over the basinet holding her newborn daughter. 20% was the meager number they had offered. One in five chances of living out the night. And this was the critical hour. By the end of it, her daughter's organs would begin to fail,…

Within Empty Space

Saturday, 07 February 2015
When we engage in patient observation of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and mental images – any object of the mind – we come to see that they are not real things. They are like waves upon water, rising up and falling down. Feelings are not facts. They change with our mood and with our circumstances. The same can be said of thoughts, emotions and mental images. They are, to…

Re-Visioning Your Future

Saturday, 07 February 2015
This last summer I participated in a tantric retreat that has continued to inspire my practice on all levels. One of the activities we did was to make a "Visioning Board." It was an incredible activity that involved creativity, intuition, visioning, and wishing. I want to share these instructions with you because anyone can use this tool to help re-vision their life in powerful ways. All you need are…

One Site on An American Pilgrimage

Friday, 02 January 2015
From September 1st to September 14th I did not see another human being. My companions were deer, squirrels and woodpeckers and – though I did not see them – rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Unlike on a 10-day Vipassana course, I devised my own time-table. I meditated for 7 hours a day instead of 10, and woke up at 6 instead of 4. But nonetheless, this retreat felt intense, its effects…

Retreat: From Solitary to Everyday

Friday, 02 January 2015
Last spring, my book club began the study of “The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,” Shantideva’s 9th century masterpiece, as contained within the commentary by Pema Chodren’s, “No Time to Lose.” I was inspired from the first page; the words spoke to every aspect of life that was troubling to me, as well as what was true for me at this moment. I read it daily, musing on almost every…

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