meditation and daily life

Four Radically Happy Ways to Not Just Survive, but Thrive During the Holiday Family Gatherings

Dec 19, 2019

By Erric Solomon The holidays are supposed to be a time of joyous celebration with extended family and friends. Yet many people dread the family gathering, especially these days where the political...

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Correct Meditation Posture: Deadbug Develops a Strong Core

Aug 6, 2019

Correct meditation posture helps our minds to settle and our breath to flow naturally. In traditional Buddhist texts, we read that we should cross our legs and keep our spines erect. Correct meditation posture helps our minds to settle and...

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Announcing Samye Institute’s Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying Support Program

Mar 1, 2019

Dear Friends, We are excited to announce the debut of our new support program, Noble Living, Noble Caring, Noble Dying.   Most of us will receive care and give care to others...

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Overcoming Resistance to Meditation

Sep 18, 2018

Overcoming resistance means understanding our own behavior and habits.  And many of us have patterns of laziness or of rebelling against rules and regulations.  So, when we are beginning a meditation practice, we can explore overcoming resistance. We observe how...

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Meditation: Not Just Sitting

Mar 27, 2018

Meditation certainly includes formal sitting practice, but we can appreciate that there is more to it than that! Here, Phakchok Rinpoche explains that meditation doesn't just mean sitting on a cushion and watching our breath. Nor does it mean just...

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Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues

Feb 27, 2018

Ethical behavior occupies a central role on the Buddhist path to awakening. Yet often, modern presentations of Buddhist teaching skip over these fundamental principles. In our hurry to jump to the "good stuff," however, we may be missing some crucial...

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Shaking Off Tiredness: A Stretch for Meditation

Oct 12, 2017

Shaking off tiredness is an important technique for meditators to learn. Often we rise early to meditate and we may not be fully alert. Or, we may have worked hard all day and be exhausted when we start to sit....

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Spaciousness in Daily Life

Jul 10, 2017

Spaciousness is an opportunity to rest our minds. Rinpoche discusses how meditation is not such a big deal. As we start out, it is helpful to keep things...

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Renunciation for Householders: Detachment with Responsibility

Apr 4, 2017

Renunciation means we should be detached, but not irresponsible. Every bodhisattva has renunciation, but that does not mean they are...

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The Two Magnetizing Qualities

Feb 6, 2017

This whole year, I will be sharing a series of teachings based on the twelve Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava. The first manifestation is called Gyalwey Dungdzin who is the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche in magnetizing...

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