Savor the Little Things

Thursday, 30 October 2014
About a year ago I started a practice upon waking each morning to savor something with my senses; to really take in the delight of being fully present in the sensations of enjoyment.  For me this was usually a smell - the jasmine on my porch, a candle, or the smell of the outdoors.  Sometimes it was a touch, such as holding a cup of warm tea, or the…

Kindness Works Wonders

Thursday, 30 October 2014
My father lived the last six months of his life in a “memory care” facility located near my sister’s home in Maryland. I flew back twice to visit him while he was there and always came away with a sense of deep gratitude for the unbelievable loving kindness of his caregivers. They were remarkable. Before lunchtime, the residents would gather in a very large living room with comfy chairs…

Cook's Corner

Sunday, 26 October 2014
Few foods shout as loudly as garlic does. For those of you who have eaten a raw clove in the name of its anti-bacterial properties, hoping that it will eliminate your cough/flu/illness/vampire problem, you know, experientially, that its potency will burn its way down your throat. It will scream. It will dance. It will enliven your tongue, throat, and esophagus. Yet we mince it up, we roast it, or…

Awake, Aware, and Alert

Sunday, 26 October 2014
An act of gratitude is a living whole. To superimpose on its organic flow a mental grid like a series of "steps" will always be somewhat arbitrary. And yet, for the sake of practice, such a delineation can be helpful. In any process, we can distinguish a beginning, a middle, and an end. We may use this basic three-step grid for the practice of gratitude: What happens at the…
In this excerpt from The Misleading Mind, author Karuna Cayton, tells the story of a courageous woman who refused to allow circumstances to dictate her life story.  She chose how she was going to respond to what happened to her.  From this story we can develop a sense of gratitude for this precious human ability we have to respond in positive ways to whatever life presents to us. If…
In Sanskrit: Arya Tara sarwa pati gyana ma tara ni In the Tibetan language: In English: The Mantra Promised by the Arya Mother Liberator Herself I prostrate to the Arya Mother. Then recite the mantra, Tayathaa, om tarae tarayae, hung hung hung, samaya ti dai, bara bara, sarva bara na*, bibu kitai, pema ni pema, mahaa pema, aasana ti dai, hasa hasa, telokya barathe, sarva deva thaana pha, puzite…

How to Create Positive Habits

Monday, 06 October 2014
So much of what we do is habit, so the notion of conscious consumption is truly a recognition of current habits.  But you really can’t stop there, because you could be really mindful of your heroin habit, and you’d be doing no-one any good with a high level of conscious consumption of heroin. 
What's Project Bodhi? You may remember an online month-long meditation pilot program we held in March 2012. The experience was highly successful yet we soon realized that in order to further pursue such programs, we'd have to develop our own mobile/web platform. This led to Project Bodhi which aims to set up a business to develop such a platform and make it available to other organizations such as Vajrapani…

Cook's Corner

Monday, 06 October 2014
If you’ve ever been through the lunch line at Vajrapani, you know that we make a salad dressing called “Hollyhock,” and that this salad dressing is savory, delicious, and addicting. It has become a staple at Vajrapani, residing in a permanent spot in the refrigerator, never absent from any meal. I think it may even be what gets people to return to Vajrapani again and again – there have…


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