Cultural Humility: The Ground of Social Engagement

The practice of cultural humility allows us to face our inherited conditioning and discover a new process of connectivity that is the basis for social transformation.

Meditation: Finding Contentment in Everyday Life

While discernment and gentleness are important, the heart of meditation practice is learning to be content with what is going on right now.

A Meditation for the Fall

I always consider the Fall to be a more pragmatic and realistic New Year’s occasion than whatever happens in January. In fact, many people who question our Gregorian calendar point to the fact that New Year’s in January simply makes no sense considering the rhythm of the seasons or the way our cultural and economic … Continue 

Can Meditation Help Your Running?

Silence fell over the room as the meditation instructor asked the group to lower their eyes. Shoulders dropped. Breath deepened. It’s what you’d expect from a meditation session—except for the thump and buzz of music and conversation on the other side of the curtain. There, thousands of runners picked up bib numbers and browsed the … Continue 

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

“The Buddhist approach is not to use any reference points at all—none whatsover. Then we are not finding out whether we exist or not, but we are simply looking at ourselves directly, without any reference points—without even looking, we could say. That may be very demanding, but let it be so. Let us get to … Continue 

Meditation… in Everyday Life?

I always hated horror movies as a kid. Meditation courses nyc I remember running out of the room screaming whenever a commercial for the latest Nightmare On Elm Street sequel would come on the TV. Those commercials were not just a surprise; they were a betrayal – a cruel joke. You’re watching an image of … Continue 

Before & After: Portraits from a Meditation Retreat

Photographer Peter Seidler completed a series of portaits taken before and after meditation practitioners participated in a month long meditation retreat. He wrote about his process and shares several of the images on the Shambhala Times website. While Seidler didn’t offer specifics as to what he believed his subjects experienced throughout their retreat, he lists … Continue 

Compassion is Something You TRAIN in

I wanted to share a fairly simple observation from teaching this week, related to the meditation practices that focus on the development of compassion, such as metta and tonglen. It’s interesting that if we see a great athlete or yogi, or just someone in prime physical condition, we have a tendency to think that this person has gone through an … Continue 

The Joys of a City Retreat

As urban beings, we need rest: physical, mental, emotional, psychological. And, we need a break from the usual routines of working too much—or worrying about our work or lack of work—and taking care of our family and home. In the Buddhist meditation tradition, we practice sitting still to offer ourselves a change, a break from … Continue 

Mediation, Depression and Falling In Love

Love Alone: Relationships, Depression and the Practice of Meditation

I was standing alone in the mountains at night. I had moved to a retreat center to escape a broken heart. A dramatic way to deal with a break up, admittedly. The stars exploded across the Colorado sky. It was so clear that it was hard to tell where the black backdrop of night really … Continue