As we incorporate the Buddha’s teachings into our lives many wonderful changes will start to happen: from experiencing greater calmness and peace in our mind, to feeling a greater connection and love for other beings.
But not all changes bring such a smooth transition. For instance, when we adopt Buddhist values of refraining from alcohol, or we find ourselves losing interest in other mundane activities, this can put a strain on certain social interactions. This video is in response to some questions I received about how to navigate these kinds of challenges. (more…)
As our interest in the Buddha’s teachings deepen, it’s not unusual to want to bring Buddhist concepts into every aspect of our life, including the type of jewelry we wear. The most common forms of Buddhist jewelry worn by men and women are pendant necklaces depicting the Buddha or other auspicious Buddhist symbols.
In Buddhism we’re taught that external possessions and objects cannot bring us lasting happiness. However, if we purchase Dharma items with the intention to elevate our practice, this kind of materialism could be said to be a form of skillful means, as the item can remind us to practice more spiritual qualities like compassion and tolerance in our daily life. Then over time our continued practice actually becomes a cause of awakening and ever-lasting happiness. (more…)
The Buddha’s teachings are a vast wealth of knowledge for pacifying and eliminating our suffering, but in the beginning it can be difficult to know how to put this wisdom into practice. Even after years of trying to incorporate meditation into your life, you may still feel like you’re not progressing as much as you had hoped. The good news is that the Buddha’s teachings can all be broken down into simple and clear practices to help you make the changes you so desperately seek. (more…)
The Buddhist teachings suggest we have a mind that is luminous and precious (like a diamond) and that our happiness depends on us cultivating this jewel within. Drawing on the Buddha’s sutras, I show how finding this jewel of our mind requires effort, patience and a willingness to go against the flow of what society calls happiness. (more…)
A photo I took while sitting under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya
Imagine… You’re sitting next to the MahaBodhi Temple, only meters away from the very spot where the Buddha gained full enlightenment. You take in a few deep breaths and look up at the beautiful heart-shaped Bodhi tree leaves moving gently in the breeze above you. There is a feeling of wonder and excitement in the air, knowing that this was the place where the Buddha sat in meditation and achieved a great awakening 2,600 years ago.
You bring your body into a meditation posture and feel a rush of anticipation as you reflect on the promise of what your meditation may bring. Many wondrous things have happened in this special place. Who’s to say that something wonderful couldn’t happen to you as well? (more…)
What changes would you like to see in your meditation practice in the New Year (if any)? Perhaps you might want to make your practice more consistent, make your sessions longer (or even shorter and more concentrated). Maybe you simply need to start a daily/weekly practice?
You don’t need to be a yogi to reap the benefits of meditation. Just 10 – 20 minutes a day can have a tremendous impact on your inner health and wellbeing. (more…)