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    Hurricane Lane may be an opportunity to mindfully experience the discomforts many face as facts of life: no dependable electric power, no clean, running water, no internet, and no cell service. As I write this weekly email, we
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    I nostalgically remember the first Dharma book I ever bought. It was Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Suzuki Roshi. I still have that dog-eared, multi-highlight layered paperback I purchased at the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco in
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    The prominent Buddhist teacher, author, and activist, Joan Halifax, on the day of this shooting tweeted “I want to live in a country that loves its children more than its guns.”   I would like to wish everyone
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    It’s been raining a lot here in Honolulu. There is something unspeakably beautiful about listening to the rain. Not just hearing the rain, in the background of our important lives, but actually listening to it. As Thomas Merton
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    We’ve discussed how our meditation practice shows us that whatever you may be feeling or experiencing does not define you. Bad news happens, as it will from time to time, but it doesn’t diminish your sense of well-being.
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    Mindfulness meditation is not just another way to fix what we feel might be broken in our lives.   Maybe you struggle with low moods, motivation, or existential malaise. Maybe you feel lonely, or bored. Maybe you sometimes feel
  • woman_pounding_maize, Diego Rivera, Mexico, 1924
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    There is a Tibetan saying popular in mindfulness circles: “If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves.”   When I remember this saying, my heart releases what it’s fixated on, and it’s
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    This year, I decided to not make any resolutions. Well, except maybe one. I resolve to just be myself.   I always felt making a set of resolutions meant needing to improve myself, be better at something, or
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    Someone once asked Suzuki Roshi, the pioneering Zen teacher from Japan who founded the Zen Center of San Francisco in 1969: “Roshi, what’s the most important thing?” and he answered, “To find out what’s the most important thing.”
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    As I think about recent events here in the USA, a line keeps coming up, from a poem by Pablo Neruda: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” The Republicans in the
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    I am often asked why I meditate. Sometimes it’s phrased – What are you trying to accomplish by just sitting on a cushion? Depending on who asks, I answer something like – To clearly see why I suffer,
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    Why is it so hard to meditate regularly? Students usually don’t ask this question in their meditation groups, fearing, perhaps, that they might be the only ones with this concern. I still struggle with having consistent, regular meditation,