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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 18:05

How do you meditate with your children?

Some children are very curious when they see their parents meditating and are eager to have a go, they happily join their parents in meditation - sitting on their lap, or pulling up a cushion beside them. Other children are reluctant to do anything that involves sitting still and being silent, even for a moment - they can’t see how that could possibly be interesting or enjoyable. And then there are some children (such as my own!) who love questioning almost everything their parents do.

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Monday, 18 June 2012 17:27

Moving Beyond Fear

Question: It sometimes seems to me that fear has become an unacceptable emotion on the spiritual path. There are so many teachings that talk about how unhelpful fear is, and how it gets in the way of growth. Yet for me, I am increasingly recognizing how dominated by fear my whole life has been, and the more I practice, the more this fear feels like it is dominating my life. I feel it vibrating through my body, making it difficult to breathe, and I often get very little sleep at night as fear and panic surface just as I am "dropping off". It seems to be too terrifying to let go of control enough to fall asleep. I am trying to welcome this fear as a friend who I can learn from. But I find it very, very difficult when I hear teachings that don't seem to have anything positive to say about working with fear - but just name it as an obstacle on the path. I hope that you can help me with this.

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Recently I caught up with Professor Robert Thurman at Tibet House in New York City. We were talking about some of the comments he made at his Occupy Wall Street talk (which I recorded and posted here) and how it is important not to just leave your practice behind as you leave the cushion. We then made this six minute video on What Meditation Really Is. You can watch it after the jump.

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Monday, 11 June 2012 20:37

Rejoicing in the Vitality of our Mind

This is the last part and our favorite part of a skype video between Erric and Elizabeth. In Mahayana Buddhism it is said that the best way to practice meditation is with the attitude of truly wanting to benefit others—the vast attitude of Bodhicitta.

 

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This year is the twenty-year anniversary of Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, there is a new website: The Tibetan Blog of Living and Dying.

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Student’s question: I understand the fundamental problem of the dualistic mind (i hope). The idea that as long as something is "good" in our mind, that means something is "bad" as well, which causes us to have a misconception that is damaging to our mind. We can see with our own investigation that this is damaging to our experience of the present and reality. So what about good actions and bad action? Wise speech\unwise speech? Good intention\bad intention? Truth\ dishonesty? I struggle because those are dualistic concepts that are fundamental to the Buddha’s teaching. Are there some dualistic mind states that are helpful? I am most certain that I am confused! I would love some insight.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 16:28

The next communication revolution

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a child in Mozambique talking to his mother or a Manhattan stockbroker talking to her boss -- if you set aside what they’re saying, if you peel away the cultural, social, religious, personal and political distinctions between us -- what you are ultimately left with is one human being talking with another human being.

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Elizabeth explains how we can understand reality just by wrestling with basic questions that we all have: "What is the basis of suffering? What causes happiness?"

 

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Elizabeth Namgyel describes compassion as a radical expansion of self.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:23

Mindful Awareness without the Cushion

Khandro Rinpoche on how we can keep the mindfulness we discover on the cushion as we go about daily activity.

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