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…

Cook's Corner

Friday, 02 January 2015
It seems that recently everyone has at least heard the term “gluten-free” and is aware that many, many people these days try to eat a diet devoid of gluten, claiming general health improvements and greater mental clarity in doing so. Even I, as someone who grew up in the 90’s, recall when there was no such thing as a “gluten-free” diet. There were of course wheat allergies, and those…

The Energy That Comes from Doing Good

Thursday, 01 January 2015
For many people there is a conflict between their livelihood and their values; however, working in a Dharma center eliminates that conflict. Our work contributes in a small way to sharing vital teachings with all of our visitors and students. Not only does it make the notion of Right Work very clear but it is very energizing. The privilege we have in being able to make a modest living…
In life there is suffering. This was the first “Truth” taught by Lord Buddha. Look around. Every single being has a suffering story. Many are deep in suffering in this very moment. Most have no clue what to do about it so they seek distractions. Rarely do we look these demons in the eye and say, “I know you...I’ve seen you before...You appear unpleasant...I accept...now you may feel free…


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