The 4 Immeasurables, or Brahmaviharas, by Sylvia Boorstein

  By Sylvia Boorstein Heaven is nowhere else but right here on this earth, when we live with friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In Buddhism, these benevolent states of mind are called the divine abodes, and in this excerpt from her new book, Happiness Is an Inside Job, Sylvia Boorstein tells us some surprising storiesContinue reading “The 4 Immeasurables, or Brahmaviharas, by Sylvia Boorstein”

On Writing, by Natalie Goldberg

Meeting the Chinese in St. Paul: Rhino Hits the Midwest By Natalie Goldberg A season devoted to the koans of the ancient Chinese Masters gave Natalie Goldberg a taste for the stripped-down, naked truth of things. As she searched Minnesota for an elusive rhinoceros, a simple truth revealed itself: I’m broken and I’m free. AsContinue reading “On Writing, by Natalie Goldberg”

Directly Experience the Nature of Mind

by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a teacher in the Karma Kagyü lineage. His main residence is his monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal. He is the founder of a monastic college at Namo Buddha near Kathmandu and of many Buddhist centers in the West and Asia. Instruction on Mahamudra vipashyana meditation by Khenchen ThranguContinue reading “Directly Experience the Nature of Mind”

Peacocks and Poison

Bodhisattva – Like a Peacock Thriving on Poisons Peacock thrive on poison like bodhisattva thrives on negativies. Peacocks live in forest with poisonous plants, they eat the poisonous plants that no other animals can eat, and instead of being poisoned, peacocks transformed the poisons thay eat into beautiful, colorful and vibrant plumage and thrive. Similarly,Continue reading “Peacocks and Poison”

Pico Iyer on Writing

Writing Undoes Me By Pico Iyer “To give oneself over to the objective business of writing,” says Pico Iyer, “is to see how subjective the whole business of the self and writing is.” To write is to step away from the clamor of the world, to take a deep breath and then, slowly andContinue reading “Pico Iyer on Writing”

Are You A Refugee Or A Pilgrim?

Refugees dominate the news recently. My heart breaks for all the people called to risk their lives journeying to unkown shores. The situation is bleak, and makes me wonder. What is the difference between a  refugee and a pilgrim? Aren’t we are all refugees? To become officially “Buddhist” we commit by “taking refuge.” It’s not thatContinue reading “Are You A Refugee Or A Pilgrim?”

Crestone Artists

The leaves are turning and sunset arrives a bit earlier each evening the past few weeks. A new season has arrived in Crestone. This coming weekend, October 10-11, 2015, Crestone artists open their studios to all for a celebration of art. This year, I will be one of those artists. Crestone has recently been identifiedContinue reading “Crestone Artists”