New in our online store

November 29, 2010

We’ve recently added some new items to our online meditation supplies store. Much of what we sell would make great Christmas presents, and if you’d like to support the work we do in promoting meditation, please consider making a purchase. (If you wonder why we sell things at all, you can read our previous post, “Compassionate Commerce,” or read about “Buddha Bob” and his beauteous beads).

For those of a devotional bent, we have a selection of Buddha pendants in our jewelry section. The one illustrated is the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who is a symbol of compassion.

His mantra — Om Mani Padme Hum — is the most popular in the … Read more »

White magic

August 27, 2009

White TaraIn his devotion to White Tara, Jnanagarbha yearns to be filled with her beauty so that he can make the world a better place.

It is a summer evening in the mountains of southern Spain. Above the occasional whir of an insect’s wings, voices drift on the warm breeze from a shrine room 100 meters away. They are raised in unison, chanting a puja: a ritual of Buddhist worship. As I sit quietly on a sun-chair in the dark I conduct a solitary, silent puja. My eyes rest on the point where the steely rocks marking the southern side of the valley meet the deep, deep blue of the Mediterranean night sky. Little … Read more »