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  • What forgiving is, and isn't.
    by DGS on March 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    Often times we have a mistaken idea of what forgiveness is and who it is for. Sometimes we carry grudges against people for years, not knowing that they might not have given us the slightest thought all that time. Who is our anger hurting then? Forgiveness is freedom. Take a listen to the good Lama on this issue.

  • Contentment is Being Happy Here and Now
    by DGS on February 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    We often think of contentment as this far away thing. Something "out there" that we must strive to attain. But perhaps it is the way that we keep contentment at a distance from us, which makes it so hard to reach. What if contentment were to be found much closer to home? No great quest needed. Just take comfort in the here and now.

  • Meditation Explained
    by DGS on February 21, 2011 at 1:17 AM
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    This is a helpful animation of a very old graphical guide used to explain the process of perfecting one's meditation practice. It uses visual metaphors to show the stages all great meditators must pass through to reach the highest states of consciousness. This is an invaluable map given to us by people who knew the territory well and left us instructions on how to follow them. Come back to this as your practice improves and you will see more and more in this fabulous diagram. There is a decent explanation of the stages here.


    Briefly, the Monkey represents the distracted "monkey" mind we all face when first starting meditation, and the Elephant is the core of the mind itself.  Watch what happens.


  • Meditation Warrior
    by DGS on February 14, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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    Zen has a long tradition of telling stories through pictures. The messages we seek to understand often wriggle out of the word traps we make for them. In that context this video is a powerful tool for understanding the path. There is just so much in this short clip to ruminate on. The secret to happiness is right here, as much as anywhere else on this site. As with all this type of material, it is very simple, but not at all easy.

  • Learn to Float
    by DGS on February 12, 2011 at 4:19 AM
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    In this segment our teacher Lama Marut entreats us with humor and wit to "Get Real" about the nature of life. Which is a key step to getting serious about beginning to live a spiritual life. He often says we do not suffer from anything real. We suffer from our attachments to things which were NEVER what we thought they were. Learning to relax into a world without those things is the doorway to the REAL, which opens on the pathway to lasting happiness.

  • Mindful Movement Part 4
    by DGS on February 12, 2011 at 3:57 AM
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    Last part of this series. Most exercise that we do these days is actually sort of "mind-less". This practice of doing simple moves in a "mind-full" way is not as easy as it seems, but you have a good teacher here. Good luck.

  • Mindful Movement Part 3
    by DGS on February 12, 2011 at 3:55 AM
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    If you've gotten this far, stick with it. Any increased ability to use the Zen practice of mindfulness can make even the most mundane part of our lives seem extraordinary.

  • Mindful Movement Part 2
    by DGS on February 12, 2011 at 3:53 AM
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    In the second half of this simple physical practice Thich Nhat Hanh continues to share part of the daily practice done by the monks of his Plum Village community.

  • Mindful Movement Part 1
    by DGS on February 12, 2011 at 3:49 AM
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    Feeling stressed? This teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh found a way to be peaceful and compassionate in the middle of the Vietnam War. It might be worth listening to what he has to say.  Just listening to the way a zen monk talks lets you know they are operating from a place kind of outside of our normal hustle and bustle day.  These guys know peace.

  • Habits of Happiness
    by DGS on January 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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    We have plenty of daily habits.  Hygiene. diet, exercise, etc.  How many of us practice a daily habit of mind training?


    Here the always cheerful French Buddhist monk Mathieu Ricard talks to the TED audience about the process of becoming happy.  A very nice deep and even somewhat technical examination of the habits of mind which make us either happy or unhappy. Worth a watch.

  • Cherish the Troublemakers
    by DGS on December 22, 2010 at 4:10 PM
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    The always awesome Pema Chodron reminds us that the times and people in our lives which are the most challenging, are often our greatest opportunities for positive change.

  • Blown Away by Jessica Jackley
    by DGS on December 19, 2010 at 11:52 PM
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    Ready for a fantastic story? Watch this video and see what active compassion looks like. This is the kind of thing we love to see this time of year. Enjoy. Then check out http://kiva.org

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