Tragedy Led me to the Dharma | Secular Buddhist Association

Tragedy Led Me To The Dharma I had a very personal article published by the Secular Buddhist Association. I sometimes think the deaths of my parents led me directly into Buddhism. When I was fourteen years old my dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was in his early 50s. I remember when he told […]

Breathing

  Breathing is something that we do all the time. We can return our minds to the breath any time because it is something that is with us all the time. When we bring our minds to the breath, we feel connected to the world. Training in following the breath is so important that the […]

Dhyana: Mind Development

This is meditation, the cultivation of unified awareness focused on the present moment, the eternal now. In meditation there is no difference between the knower, the knowing, and the known. We are trying to cut through delusion. Our goal is full enlightenment, inner peace, and the dissolving of self-made barriers. Liberation from the self is […]

Practice, Study, and Wisdom

Several things are important in our Buddhist journey. It’s through practice that we’re able to lessen our neurotic thought patterns, all that baggage we’re carrying around with us, the preconceived ideas that shape the way we see reality. It’s through study that we come to understand things. That understanding leads to a more awakened and […]

The Power of the Dharma

Power in the Dharma Practicing the dharma is powerful and it can bring us great benefit. When we are practicing we are engaging in a different way of thinking and seeing the world. I don’t mean to say that we are seeing the world in a magical or supernatural way. We are seeing the world […]

How Do You Afford Your Buddhist Lifestyle?

“Now tickets to concerts and drinking at clubs Sometimes for music that you haven’t even heard of. And how much did you pay for your rock’n’roll t shirt That proves you were there That you heard of them first? How do you afford your rock’n’roll lifestyle?” I heard this song on the radio. “Rock ‘n’ […]

Flashes of Experience

The Tibetan Master Jamgon Kongtrul described various experiences that can come up during our meditation practice. These are temporary experiences that come up sometimes and we can see them as sort of a roadmap for our awakening. If we’re having experiences that are confusing to us, we can look at his list and see if they […]

Opening the Sky Door: Vipassana Meditation

When people talk about meditation they’re usually talking about one kind, and that’s Shamatha, or concentration meditation. I’m going to present another kind that’s often done alongside Shamatha. It’s called Vipassana, or Insight Meditation. Shamatha provides ground for Vipassana and the two are equally important. I’m not going to present Vipassana as superior to Shamatha. […]

Bodhidharma’s 2 Entries

Bodhidharma said there are two ways to enter the path. Entry through conduct and entry through principle. He outlined this in a teaching called the Two Entries and the Four Practices. In this teaching he outlines in a clear way what we must do to attain enlightenment. Entry through conduct is associated with practices that […]