meditation

Buddha’s Radical Two-Step Approach to Happiness -

Sep 3, 2020

By Erric Solomon Over 2,500 years ago, a man sat under a Bodhi tree and had a completely radical insight: suffering was caused by ignorance about who we really are. This ignorance...

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Busy Laziness -

Mar 12, 2020

These days we are all so busy that we often don’t take time to consider how constant doing affects our minds. And we might be surprised to know that in the Buddhist...

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Visualization: How and Why do We Do It? -

Mar 5, 2020

Visualization can seem unnecessarily complicated for some people when they encounter meditation instruction. But creating a mental image and using that as an object of our attention is an important technique on...

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Continuous Placement in Meditation: Bring Back the Mind -

Nov 7, 2019

Continuous placement, or establishing continuity, is the second stage of calm abiding meditation.  When we practice calm abiding, or shamata meditation, we’re gradually retraining our minds.  In the second part of his...

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Everyone Can Meditate: Caring for Our Minds -

Oct 31, 2019

Tulku Migmar explains that Mindfulness is an exercise everyone can practice, notwithstanding their religion or...

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Meditation Training with Focus -

Oct 17, 2019

“Meditation training with focus” takes many forms.  As we begin to build a habit of mindfulness, we can use one or more of these techniques.  For example, in a meditation session or...

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Cultivating New Habits for Busy Minds -

Oct 10, 2019

Cultivating new habits is what meditation is all about.  The most basic Tibetan term for meditation, gom (Tib. sgom), means cultivation, habituation or development.  As we meditate, we train our minds to...

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What is Ritual? -

Sep 23, 2019

What is Ritual? I’m Only Here For the Meditation Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche teaches and travels widely throughout the world.  On his tours, he often encounters modern people who are highly skeptical about...

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