• DkR66p-kI9udTxBpaAtGZ_IM5Vl9FWPqQLWbDlA_acE

    Difficulties and Hindrances

    The Buddhist tradition speaks directly about the hindrances that are encountered in the course of the spiritual journey. Buddha said that those who conquer their own minds…

  • photo 2(4)

    Training Psychic Ability

    Deep levels of concentration and jhana can also become a gateway to a wide range of psychic abilities.  Buddhist psychology outlines how systematic training in concentration can…

  • Beach-Poetry-500x400

    Vast Silence and Illumination (Part Two)

    (Read Part One: Vast Silence and Illumination) Buddhist psychology offers a systematic training to open the mystical perspective by explaining how to develop states of…

  • Beach-Poetry

    Vast Silence and Illumination

    Jhana states are two sets of stable states of absorption concentration and insight concentration outlined in Buddhist psychology.  These states are so central to the Buddhist…

  • photo 1(26)

    Making the Hindrances Part of the Path

    Choose one of the most frequent and difficult mind states that arise in your practice, such as irritation, fear, boredom, lust , doubt, or restlessness. For one week in your…

  • KpIYNnOP128lq0RbMT7eVlUgmPbL11exr-no2TGLukU

    Concentration with Joy

    First, sit quietly for a few minutes.  Now reflect on the times in your life when you are most absorbed, concentrated and fully present. They maybe while gardening, playing…

  • VQQcK-fXzimbYlm657FvQNxhrjc87VmtnEozrA5o0VA

    How Concentration Works

    “It is through the cultivation of inner concentration that luminous purity of mind arises. It is through luminous purity that access to expanded states arise. It is from the…

  • GHSYQjuNg4svD4FXHuSUW2Md7OPGbddxO82P_rXHplo,2EfEgJBhH14l5wmyo52mt0F8rPtqgIwAZXwK-zMKqOY

    Practice: Turning Toward Our Essence

     “Develop a mind that is vast like space, where experiences both pleasant and unpleasant can appear and disappear without conflict, struggle or harm. Rest in a mind like vast…

  • image00

    Humanitarian Appeal from Jack Kornfield

    Dear Buddhist Colleagues and Friends, We are sending you this request to help with a BUDDHIST EMERGENCY FUND for the ROHINGYA of BURMA The Rohingya, an ethnic minority group of…

  • photo 5(5)

    Turning Toward Our Essence (Part Two)

    Read Part One: Turning Toward Our Essence  As we have seen, when we turn to investigate who is being aware we may feel confused, like a fish looking for water. There’s not…

  • 555555

    First White House Buddhist Leadership Conference

    120 Buddhist leaders of every color and tradition joined together at last weeks’ White House Buddhist gathering. On a fine spring day there converged orange robed Lao and…

  • photo 1(30)

    Turning Toward Our Essence (Part One)

    “Who are we, really?” the Zen koans demand, “Who is dragging this body around?” or “What was your original face before your parents were born?” These questions force…

  • cPn4itk199MuR7s7yOUHT-xFUOZ400blbv_vzBN67IE,X0Pkv1cgv5CAC9WTcbze9oZTr2fU-Lsta62z_CuVOF8

    Awakening to Pure Consciousness

    In the next chapter we will examine consciousness in its particle-like nature. For now, let us consider the unbounded sky or mirror-like nature of consciousness. We need to be…

  • T62I1crW9gNy0luCb5SXqQ-0WHv9sYuEe46d--fe0wA,VrnxakCEitlam5iwKpDTdPew9mZlSQYIFrmLSnWWm1U

    The Two Dimensions of Consciousness

    But this mirror is only one aspect of consciousness. Consciousness, like light, has two dimensions. Just as light can be described as both a wave and a particle. Consciousness has…

  • 8dsUgtjzt3meFt7SmloUVvy2xsDJtj8JMffF13VRo2E

    Practice: Visualization

    To work with a sacred image, choose someone who inspires you, St. Francis or Kwan Yin the goddess of infinite mercy, Jesus or Mary, Buddha or Tara.  It helps to have a clear,…

  • DMD8jF0biGsQHpXyy1QDvqJ8H13L-eaJpBYUp9tNQvw

    Finding Refuge (Part Two)

    (Read Part One of Finding Refuge)  Traditionally, there are three levels of Buddhist refuge, outer, inner and innermost.  On the outer level, we take refuge in the historical…

  • JLURcPjP4K-C-WdUq2VvWcqOaK9oYu-FIuuOE1BwjXo

    Finding Refuge

    Victor Frankel, the concentration camp survivor, was also the founder of logotherapy.  He discovered that most of those who survived the camps did so only if they had faith in a…

  • VYzEHrEsu6qduvRwIsKfULlO-aq3fDX9_6BEg7SPeno

    Did I Love Well?

    If you have the privilege of being with a person who is conscious at the time of his or her death, you find the  questions such a person asks are very simple, “Did I love…

  • WR-y3dvljBUbk5lyPuQkUpSHNqur4dPx4wcLg3boxlo

    The Storytelling Mind (Part Two)

    (Read Part One of The Storytelling Mind) When we look at the constant and repetitive process of our own thinking, we see how habitually it creates a sense of self and other. As…

  • photo 1

    The Storytelling Mind

    When I first took robes and entered the monastic community of Ajahn Chah, I had already been practicing meditation for two years. Now, sitting and walking mindfully for hours in a…

  • IMG_0019

    Practice: Counting Thoughts

    “With the mind, observe the mind.” – Buddha  This first simple practice gives an immediate experience of mindfulness of thought. Sit comfortably and quietly. After a…

  • TvPT3ARkWHqsHOOn3tWd1AreARYUijQ3_-cbmOBjoxI

    The Baby, the Bathwater and Skillful Thinking

    With all their limitations, thoughts are not something to get rid of.  We need to plan, to think, to organize, to imagine and create. Considered thoughts are a great gift.  Our…

  • IMG_0062 (1)

    The Reality Below Thoughts

    As we observe our thoughts and question our beliefs, we come to understand that while thinking, planning and remembering are vital to our lives, they are more tentative than we…

  • vmteV3LH0oHSsWN4v8px2CQxRRH3lvuj7MJH7lAq-NI

    Disentangling from the Story

    It is a great relief to discover that our stories do not fully define who we are, or what is happening to us.  One practitioner was on a summer retreat at a camp in the redwoods.…

  • photo 2(26)

    Bodhisattva Vows

    Consider undertaking the vows and practice of a Bodhisattva. In taking these vows you will join with the hundreds of thousands of Buddhists in the west and millions in Asia who…

  • f9nseO55DoWFVlQGvpgsZUuoo8Mx9QeL3aTWgf87rsY,uF-VlLf8TESAKYJUpHPi2FrQ-gznOBzQZJHOlEo0BLk

    Tending the World

    Somewhere I have saved an old photo from the front page of the Manila Times in 1967. I was in my Peace Corps training at San Lazaro Hospital in the Philippines. In the photo I…

  • photo 1(26)

    Envision Liberation and Justice

    (Read Part One: Envision Liberation and Justice) At a more sophisticated level, Buddhist psychology shows how training in mindfulness, integrity, generosity, and respect can…

  • IMG_0170

    Envision Liberation and Justice

    After we quiet the mind and face what is true, the next step of the Boddhisattva’s way is to envision liberation from suffering for ourselves, our community and the world. …

  • DMD8jF0biGsQHpXyy1QDvqJ8H13L-eaJpBYUp9tNQvw

    The Primary Feelings

    Buddhist psychology helps us distinguish two critical aspects of feeling.  The first and most essential quality is called the primary feeling.  According to this perspective,…

  • photo 1(26)

    Balancing What is Reactive

    What is it that is reactive? Our minds are reactive: liking and disliking, judging and comparing, clinging and condemning. Our minds are like a balance scale, and as long as…

  • VYzEHrEsu6qduvRwIsKfULlO-aq3fDX9_6BEg7SPeno

    Learning from the Precepts

    Pick and refine one or more of the five basic training precepts as a way to cultivate and strengthen mindfulness. Work with a precept meticulously for one week. Then examine the…

  • 13901881460_571037e344_z

    Establishing a Daily Meditation

    First select a suitable place for your regular meditation. Place a meditation cushion or chair there for your use, and add any books or images that help make it feel like a sacred…

  • IMG_0062 (1)

    Undertaking the Five Precepts: Nonharming as a Gift to the World

    Every great spiritual system offers guidelines for ethical conduct as a statement that spiritual life cannot be separated from our words and actions. A conscious commitment to…

  • photo 2(5)

    The Place of Forgiveness

    Inevitably in working with the mixed difficulties of communities, teachers, and ourselves, we will be asked for a certain measure of forgiveness. Forgiveness does not condone the…

  • photo 4(3)

    Establish Clear Ethical Guidelines

    The most obvious principle in the maintenance of a wise spiritual community is the establishment of clear ethical guidelines that are followed by all. Each great spiritual…

  • 1SjwfxyBG52UC0VAVoAYUWVAdm0kckc0zGNlxFlvs_g

    Enacting Mindfully

    The fifth skillful means for working with difficulties is called Enacting It Mindfully. Let’s face it, we act out most of our desires anyway. In the fifth way, we take whatever…

  • photo 2(8)

    The Temple of Healing

    Aging, sickness and death are suffering. Loss, grief, and despair are suffering. To lose what you love is suffering. To be with the undesired is suffering. —Buddha We all need…

  • photo 4(15)

    Know That Power is Not Wisdom

    To further sort out the gold from the dross in spiritual life we must distinguish between wisdom and power. Powers can include psychic ability, special spiritual energy, creating…

  • xyTSBKaZ3XXr198UftQRVAYzSgM7tUXP-_cHZlL54So

    Recognize the Halo Effect

    In order to take what’s good, we need to recognize a second principle of wise relationship and disentangle ourselves from the halo effect. The halo effect is the unexamined…

  • IMG_0062 (1)

    Take What’s Good

    When dealing with the humanness and the complexity of teachers, it is helpful to keep a few other principles in mind. One is called take what’s good. After studying with my…

  • photo 2(5)

    Grasping and Wanting

    Grasping and wanting are two names for the most painful aspects of desire. Because our language uses the word desire in so many ways, it is helpful to sort them out. There are…

  • photo 3(7)

    How to Begin Naming

    Begin by sitting comfortably, focusing awareness on your breathing. As you feel each breath, carefully acknowledge it with a simple name: “in-breath, out-breath,” saying the…

  • xyTSBKaZ3XXr198UftQRVAYzSgM7tUXP-_cHZlL54So

    Purification: The Gateway to Higher States

    Learning to concentrate, though initially difficult, works. Gradually, through repeated focus on our subject over hours and days, the mind’s wandering diminishes. It settles…

  • unnamed-3

    Discover What Is Asking for Acceptance

    This may sound like a very complicated and busy way to meditate, but in practice it is very simple. The general rule is simply to sit and be aware of what arises. If there are…

  • IMG_0116

    The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration

    The gateway to both the Realms of Absorption and the Realms of Dissolution is a stabilization of heart and mind called access concentration. Access concentration is the first…

  • j3hoICr3H2jvExMCkz0DwLWoZLrtif1x0zRssCDgUzw

    All Experiences are Side Effects

    Even with a teacher, there are three principles to keep in mind in working with these unfamiliar realms of our spiritual life. The first principle is the understanding that…

  • SyH7NAxIplyIK2ylCIu2SCsz9vk23pC5q-11t8-yM2o,tKKBVEQxwcZj6yS-PmsIgFF6N1sBw_tXLgYfBZF_k40

    Open to Mystery

    Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Buddhist practice gives us new eyes. It offers an…

  • NrI-Zgs9nK7VrTkf05Z0oqraLI2jp_1fe83dbGpvEso,q4eja-CUy2jWU9otREo14bDm4YpjZskdJ11eGt8DQV4

    End of Clinging

    “Just so, Anajnda, in one who contemplates the enjoyment of all things that make for clinging, craving arises; through craving, clinging is conditioned; through clinging, the…

  • C7EiQsvUn5rz380WPECVIr_dFkXMRBt4kIs6xl5GWwo

    Your Difficulties Are Your Path

    Grief and loss and suffering, even depression and spiritual crisis, the dark nights of the soul only worsen when we try to ignore or deny or avoid them. The healing journey begins…

  • TvPT3ARkWHqsHOOn3tWd1AreARYUijQ3_-cbmOBjoxI

    The Unique Expression of True Self

    In awakening our Buddha nature, we find that there is one further aspect of self to understand, the need to honor our personal destiny. This discovery is an essential task,…

  • Y3Xtgdv2eUuHa79U5RPEnL4KtKjuA5hZ0-bW4NCN-3g

    Necessary Healing

    True maturation on the spiritual path requires that we discover the depth of our wounds. As Achaan Chah put it, “If you haven’t cried a number of times, your…

  • 7TWk7AJEvG05G82B2hSb27ou1bCncqPs_O7sm0juH-g

    Expand the Field of Attention

    There are a few basic principles for learning how to open our stuck places and release the contradictions of the body of fear. The first of these principles is called Expanding…

  • Qf-K2qWkataqDXcJJ_37Hi3IkyYuUxKirhBVFP9TII0

    Developing a Healing Attention

    Sit comfortably and quietly. Let your body rest easily. Breathe gently. Let go of your thoughts, past and future, memories and plans. Just be present. Begin to let your own…

  • cPn4itk199MuR7s7yOUHT-xFUOZ400blbv_vzBN67IE,X0Pkv1cgv5CAC9WTcbze9oZTr2fU-Lsta62z_CuVOF8

    Open to Vastness

    These practices are designed to bring healing and transformation to both your body and your mind. They will give you the tools to trust the natural unfolding of your life and…

  • HakiYbvM0v30cWAmY4kbuO5e5gyIADoIiBZPWdNkiwg

    You Will Survive

    One of the world’s greatest examples of how to survive difficult times is Nelson Mandela, the first president of modern South Africa. After twenty-seven years of imprisonment in…

  • image

    Awaken the One Who Knows

    The practices included in A Lamp in the Darkness are not positive thinking, quick fixes or simplistic self-help strategies to navigate temporary difficult times. The practices…

  • j3hoICr3H2jvExMCkz0DwLWoZLrtif1x0zRssCDgUzw

    Selflessness Gives Birth to the Tender Heart

    A drunken man who falls out of a cart, though he may suffer, does not die. His bones are the same as other people’s; but he meets his accident in a different way. His spirit is…

  • IMG_0025

    Concentration of Mind

    Out of a foundation of conscious conduct, the first steps of the mindful way, grows the second aspect of the path, which is called the development of samadhi, or steadiness and…

  • TmChEoU04t-qboIsiTQC9WbSdubHNClY5f06tTwbQ3Y

    Live in the Present

    You can learn to trust the one who knows, to experience consciousness as the space of awareness that is unchanging, independent of circumstance. It is open and clear and luminous.…

  • photo 2(5)

    Conversation on Grateful Living with Brother David

    Recently, Jack sat down with Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, to discuss the topic of grateful living. BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: It’s rare on this program that we get…

  • wyIG3HZqwn9iQwv4uGASZ1sSdt-lY2BCfr3jpBaibvI

    Inquiry and Observation

    Wisdom grows out of our clear seeing in each moment. Seeing the arising and passing of our experience and how we relate to it. It arises through our gentle and careful inquiry…

  • vl-JwnrZPLDoZeQaRS1RptHYuAM3-FeLYTl96xZwAB4-608x400

    Judging Another

    One evening, the Buddha arose from his meditation and was seated outside the eastern gate of the park where he was staying. Then, King Pasenadi, arriving for a visit, greeted the…

  • HakiYbvM0v30cWAmY4kbuO5e5gyIADoIiBZPWdNkiwg

    Harmlessness

    All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? He who seeks happiness By hurting those…

  • 8-HbPjcOWssjLTxnDpLyTF-c-Obo5uuSFR4HpVyUFek

    Healing the Heart

    Just as we open and heal the body by sensing its rhythms and touching it with a deep and kind attention, so we can open and heal other dimensions of our being. The heart and the…

  • xMDRllOsncuw0DYRcVEgtmbfRh2QviGVAB5U4NBbp04

    Facing the Truth

    Once we learn to quiet our mind, the second step for the Bodhisattva is seeing the truth. We deliberately turn toward the difficulties of the world, and shine the light of…

  • photo 3(7)

    Happiness of Being

    Japan’s most beloved Zen poet, Ryokan, was known for being unpretentious and wise. Like Saint Francis he was a lover of simple things, of children and nature. In his poems…

  • VYzEHrEsu6qduvRwIsKfULlO-aq3fDX9_6BEg7SPeno

    The Road to Hell and Deluded Intention

    We’ve all heard the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” What if our good intentions foolishly ruin a relationship or hurt someone? The explanation is…

  • KpIYNnOP128lq0RbMT7eVlUgmPbL11exr-no2TGLukU

    Identification

    When we first hear them, the teachings of non-self can arouse confusion or even fear. We might fear that non-self means the loss of our self, as if we were going to die. But the…

  • photo 15

    A Sitting Meditation

    To begin meditation, select a quiet time and place. Be seated on a cushion or chair, taking an erect yet relaxed posture. Let yourself sit upright with the quiet dignity of a king…

  • 1SjwfxyBG52UC0VAVoAYUWVAdm0kckc0zGNlxFlvs_g

    Identification with Self

    “After more than a century of looking for it, brain researchers have long since concluded that there is no conceivable place for a self to be located in the physical brain, and…

  • VQQcK-fXzimbYlm657FvQNxhrjc87VmtnEozrA5o0VA

    The Nature of Hate

    Hatred and aversion are all states of mind that strike against experience, pushing it away, rejecting what is presented in the moment. They do not come from without. This insight…

  • photo 3(12)

    The Fruit of Letting Go

    As we let go and still see others suffer, the heart fills with compassion. So much suffering is human-caused. We awaken to a poignancy an tenderness beyond our own personal…

  • photo 1(19)

    Vulnerability and the Tender Heart

    Several years ago some friends arranged for the Gyuto Tantric Choir, the Tibetan monks famous for their deep multivocal chanting, to perform in San Quentin Prison; then the San…

  • photo 4(7)

    Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

    “If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice?” ~Maha Ghosananda Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for…

  • IMG_0019

    Suffering & Grace

    “In a world of tension and breakdown it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner lives not by avoiding sorrow and anguish and running from their…

  • FOuWyCAAzUi2A2fpcgfAhYijy1r16JW_tJm76wkePQs,2qEru80n2AMYmUYaiQlw9xdMsK4HeqbOzOHUjEa8kSE

    Confusing Charisma with Wisdom

    Another source of spiritual misunderstanding is our confusion of charisma with true wisdom. Certain spiritual leaders possess the ability to evoke extraordinary states. Amplified…

  • 7mBWfUfi87R_GZu6Vgqqt7TqpDAfkJhzYHgK5WzT-ak

    Freeing Ourselves

    Unhealthy thoughts can chain us to the past. They arise as vipaka, the result of past karma that we cannot change. We can, however, change our destructive thoughts in the present.…

  • 8dsUgtjzt3meFt7SmloUVvy2xsDJtj8JMffF13VRo2E

    The Near Enemies of Awakening

    Compassion vs. Pity and Despair  The near enemy of compassion is pity. Instead of feeling the openness of compassion, pity says, “Oh, that poor person. I feel sorry for…

  • E1XeJVu_HJqnh19njib1b31sd6dVLUZ7N6JP7_kmB_g

    Love vs. Attachment

    The near enemy of love is attachment. Attachment masquerades as love. It says, “I will love this person because I need them.” Or, “I’ll love you if…

  • YMlosTTEJnnA5u2UzrH-iAndbLmkeWWFEosLU13SfrM

    No Enlightened Retirement

    “If there be anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again…

  • unnamed-3

    The Four Radiant Abodes

    The most treasured description of optimal mental health is the Four Radiant Abodes. These four radiant abodes are: loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity or peace. These…

  • photo 5(5)

    Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent

    As you reflect on your spiritual life you can ask yourself: What do you know in your heart about the truth of life? Do you actually need more knowledge than this, or is this…

  • photo 2(12)

    Examining Thoughts

    Buddhist psychology helps us with two important tasks in working with thoughts. First it teaches us how to acknowledge the content of our thoughts. Second, we learn the ability to…

  • photo 1(19)

    The Compassionate Replacement of Painful Thoughts

    If you are a person who has regular, repeated destructive thoughts, thoughts of self-judgment, criticism, shame, or unworthiness, work with this training for a week or, even…

  • photo 3(10)

    Non-Identification

    In non-identification we stop taking the experience as me or mine. We see how our identification creates dependence, anxiety, and inauthenticity. In practicing non-identification,…

  • photo 3(5)

    Naming the Wanting Mind

    As we work to observe the wanting and grasping without condemning it, we can learn to be aware of this aspect of our nature without being caught up in it. When it arises we can…

  • photo 2(22)

    Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

    “Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy. Who is your friend? Mind is your friend.” ~Buddha I have on my refrigerator a picture of a solitary Chinese man returning from…

  • photo(3)

    Observing Intention

    To understand karma, it is essential to see how the motivation or intention preceding an action determines the future karmic result of that action. Thus, if an act is motivated by…

  • photo 2(14)

    Tending the Garden

    When we are willing to rest with trust on this earth, the great force of life will begin to move through us. I saw this force of life in the midst of tremendous desolation some…

  • photo 2(26)

    Misconceptions About Selflessness

    Misconceptions about selflessness and emptiness abound, and such confusions undermine genuine spiritual development. Some people believe that they can come to selflessness by…

  • IMG_0034

    The Zen of an Aching Heart

    “Your days pass like rainbows, like a flash of lightning, like a star at dawn. Your life is short. How can you quarrel?” ~Buddha  In the Jewish mystical tradition,…

  • ajan cha sitting 9

    The Mindful Way – Buddhist Monks of the Forest Tradition in Thailand with Ajahn Chah

    BBC Open University documentary about the life and function of a Buddhist monastery of the Forest Tradition in Thailand. An excellent introduction to the thought and practices of…

  • IMG_1391

    The Bird in the Trap

    A certain man caught a bird in a trap. The bird says, “Sire, you have eaten many cows and sheep in your life, and you’re still hungry. The little bit of meat on my…

  • IMG_0025

    Healing Through Emptiness

    The last aspect of mindful healing is awareness of the universal laws that govern life. Central to it is an understanding of emptiness. This is most difficult to describe in…

  • IMG_0018

    Freedom Here and Now

    The radiant abodes express the fruit of mental development. When they are in balance, loving-kindness, compassion, and joy rest in an unshakable equanimity. This peace is not…

  • photo 3(25)

    The Heart’s Intention

    Becoming aware of intention is the key to awakening in moment-to-moment practice. In each situation that calls for our engagement, some inner intention will precede our response.…

  • photo 2 (1)

    Rumi’s Teacher

    The great Persian poet Rumi had an extraordinary teacher named Shams. Even as a child Shams seemed different. His own parents struggled with whether to send him to a monastery of…

  • photo 1(2)

    Boredom

    Another form of aversion that we can learn to be mindful of is boredom. Usually we are afraid of boredom and will do anything to avoid it. So we go to the refrigerator, pick up…

  • photo 1(8)

    Equanimity vs Indifference

    The near enemy of equanimity is indifference or callousness. We may appear serene if we say, “I’m not attached. It doesn’t matter what happens anyway, because…

  • photo(2)

    Cultivating Compassion

    There are many levels on which we can strengthen and awaken compassion in our lives. We can practice it in silence as we sit. When thoughts or images of the suffering of other…

  • photo 2(24)

    Heaven & Hell

    A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk. “Monk,” he said, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience, “teach me about heaven and hell!” The…

  • photo 4(10)

    A Meditation on Lovingkindness

    This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an…

  • photo 3(13)

    Water Into Wine

    A century ago, a young student at the great Oxford University in England was taking an important examination in religious studies. The examination question for this day was to…

  • photo 2(22)

    A Meditation on Grief

    “When after heavy rain the storm clouds disperse, is it not that they’ve wept themselves clear to the end?” ~Ghalib Grief is one of the heart’s natural…

  • photo 4(4)

    Skillful Service is Born of a Quiet Heart

    Wise intention and skillful service need to be nourished by periods of quiet and prayer. Every great tradition includes some from of the Sabbath. In the West we inherited the…

  • photo 4(10)

    A Full Awareness of the Feelings

    This is a second principle for releasing repeated patterns-Open to a Full Awareness of the Feelings. It is the feeling level that controls most of our inner life, yet often we are…

  • photo 3(26)

    Forgiveness & Kind Intention

    In the mandala of wholeness we are called to the practice of forgiveness. We must especially find a forgiving heart with family and those close to us. Only then can we bring it…

  • photo 4(12)

    Healthy Desire

    Buddhist psychology teaches us to distinguish between the painful desire of addiction and driven ambition and the healthy energies of dedication and commitment. A dream or…

  • photo 2(16)

    Immediacy

    Spiritual Awakening is found in the here and now. In the Zen tradition they say, “After the ecstasy, the laundry.” Spiritual maturity manifests itself in the immanent…

  • photo 2(8)

    Turning Difficulties into Healing

    In the Arthurian legends, the young knight Parsifal joins the Knights of the Round Table to seek the Holy Grail. His mentor, Gournamond, tells him that to remain honorable, he…

  • photo 1(9)

    Spiritual Life Takes Courage

    Equanimity is not indifference, and compassion is not pity. True spirituality  requires us to be fully present for life. For us to begin to look directly at the world situation…

  • photo 1(25)

    Awareness of the Dance

    The third principle in working with altered states can be called Awareness of the Dance. When such experiences arise, the practitioner’s primary responsibility is to open to…

  • photo 1(15)

    The Fruits of Non-Identification

    Buddhist psychology calls non-identification the abode of awakening, the end of clinging, true peace, nirvana. Without identification, we can respectfully care for ourselves and…

  • photo 1(30)

    Forgiving Ourselves

    Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we…

  • photo 1(26)

    Healing The Mind

    Just as we heal the body and the heart through awareness, so can we heal the mind. Just as we learn about the nature and rhythm of sensations and feelings, so can we learn about…

  • photo 4(10)

    Remembering Who You Are

    “How amazing. All living beings have the Buddha nature of awakening and freedom, yet they do not realize this. Unknowingly they wander on the ocean of suffering for…

  • photo 4(15)

    The Gates of Awakening

    Every spiritual tradition has stories of those who have awakened from their usual dreamlike state to a sacred way of being. Through initiation, purification, or prayer, or by a…

  • Sky Bell

    Big Sky Bell Meditation

    Jack leads a Big Sky Bell Meditation. Taken from a talk originally recorded October 24, 2013.

  • 2014-09-burma498

    “Buddhists Betray the Teachings” – Jack Kornfield

     “A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist…

  • nelson-mandela

    Nelson Mandela – Freedom of Spirit

    A magnificent light of human spirit was carried by Nelson Mandela to us all. When he walked out of Robben Island prison after 27 years with such dignity, magnanimity and…

  • buddha2

    “Make this body dance”

    – African Proverb Greetings! I happily just celebrated a 68th birthday week and part of the celebration was watching some amazing dancers. It happened at the celebration of…

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Dedication and Grace

    Recently I received an invitation from good friends at Pillars of Peace to hear Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Honolulu. Daw Suu has been an inspiration to me and millions of others…

  • HakiYbvM0v30cWAmY4kbuO5e5gyIADoIiBZPWdNkiwg

    A Solstice Story For You

    Dante was standing near the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that crosses the Arno River in Florence. It was just before 1300… Dante saw Beatrice standing on the bridge. He was a young…