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…

Global Compassion Meditation

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Last year, we had a great idea. We thought “Why don’t we have our annual fundraiser be like a run or a bike ride where people get sponsored by their friends and family to go a certain distance?” “Except we will have all of our participants meditate.” “They can meditate on compassion”. “For every dollar donated someone will meditate for a minute on compassion.” “We can raise money and…

We All Want to be Happy

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Throughout the ages, humankind has sought to uncover the “great mystery,” to explain the unexplainable, to prove the unprovable, and to understand that which lies beyond concepts and therefore is impossible to put into words. One could ask, “Why”?  The answer might be, “Because we all want to be happy and we’re trying to figure out how.” While it is true that every living being wishes to be happy…

Cook's Corner

Sunday, 07 December 2014
I’d like to dispel the stigma around using leftovers in the kitchen. And by leftovers, I don’t mean eating cold pizza for breakfast. There are a few beneficial reasons for learning the art of using leftovers in your cooking: it cuts down on food costs, exercises your imaginative and creative mental muscles, and perhaps most importantly, it cuts down on food waste. Here we are in a country with…

When the Chocolate Runs Out

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Where does happiness come from?  In this excerpt from “When the Chocolate Runs Out” by Lama Yeshe (Wisdom Publications), Lama shares ways to tap into true lasting happiness as opposed to temporary pleasures based on external circumstances. Salvation Through Chocolate We love chocolate.  Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, “As long as I have chocolate, I’ll be happy.” This is the power of attachment…


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