Rather than being a slave to your mind, why not turn it into your ally?
Although I believe meditating every day is a good habit, I find actually doing it is a constant challenge. And I’m not trying to meditate for a long time — ten minutes, 5-7 times/week. Today, I read these passages in… Read the full article »
Turning the Mind into an Ally is Like Taming a Wild Horse
Last week, I started the five week Tuesday night class Contentment in Everyday Life. One of the books for that class is Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche ,the temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala, a… Read the full article »
Compassion is a natural human activity
“The traditional Buddhist image for compassion is that of the sun, which shines beneficently and equally on all. It is the sun’s nature to shine; there is no struggle. Likewise, compassion is a natural human activity, once the veils and… Read the full article »
The Big Squeeze
I’m reading Pema Chodron’s book When Things Fall Apart She’s a great modern Buddhist teacher, and this is one of her wonderful books. To me, her primary topic is The Big Squeeze. I feel these passages really get at the dilemma of The Big Squeeze and hints at the opportunity that might be found in that moment.