New Book Project (Video)

I’m working on a new book. My intent behind it is encouragement. I want to encourage others (and myself) in cultivating compassion and wisdom. Here’s a short introduction. I talk about what I’m writing about and why, and include a couple paragraphs from the introduction. Tell me what you think in the comments. Thanks. Advertisements

Lojong Point 7: Guidelines of Mind Training

This point has to do with how we go further in our day to day life. This is connected to an understanding of how we can have better behavior in our relationships and in our lives in general.   39. All Activities Should Be Done With One Intention The one intention is to cultivate bodhicitta, […]

Lojong Point 5: Evaluation of Mind Training

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of meditation. We are beginning to develop great awareness and mindfulness.   19. All Of The Teachings Are Really One All of the teachings are rooted in taming the mind and managing the ego. That is the point of this slogan. We tame our wandering minds with mental […]

On The Practice of Taking Refuge

Taking refuge is central to Buddhist teachings and practice. It’s referred to as “entering the gate”. When we come to understand that taking refuge means that we are working on ourselves, then we understand that it’s a process of changing the directions of our lives. We work on ourselves by doing the practices that the […]

Saving Ourselves

The path of Buddhism is called the Dharma. It is a method for saving ourselves. I don’t mean that as a trite platitude. The Dharma will save you. Not save your soul from damnation. As Buddhists we don’t believe in that. The Dharma will save you from yourself. It will save you from your own […]

This Precious Human Life

This is something we talk about in Buddhism sometimes. “This Precious Human Life.” We dwell in a vast ocean of suffering. The fires of greed, hatred, and delusion assail us throughout our lives. But when teachers talk about This Precious Human Life they’re saying that we are lucky to be here, that our presence in […]

Springtime

  Facebook just informed me that today, March 20th, is the first day of spring. I had no idea. I don’t really follow such things. I’m sure my pagan friends knew. Some of their practices involve celebrating the seasons. I’d like to make the case for Buddhists celebrating the seasons too. It doesn’t feel like […]

Pagan Festival 2016?

For two years in a row the Sacred Experience Committee of the Heartland Pagan Festival hired me to give Buddhist teachings during their event. It’s an outdoor camping festival in the Midwest that has been going on for 30 years. I takes place on Memorial Day weekend. I enjoyed the first year. There was something […]

Perform Only Virtuous Actions

  “Do not commit any non-virtuous actions. Perform only virtuous actions. Subdue the mind thoroughly.” -The Buddha   This is chanted in a lot of Buddhist temples. To me it’s the shortest possible explanation of Buddhism. People sometimes ask me about Buddhism, mainly because I write about Buddhism on the internet and I have cool Buddhist […]

My Life

Do you know that my life exploded last year? People reading this probably know I spend a lot of time at the local Buddhist temple these days. People reading this might also be aware that my life changed a lot last year. What you may not realize is that these things are connected. I fell apart […]