Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield founded the Insight Meditation Society on Feb. 14, 1976. Read more
Meditation has long been a source of comfort and clarity for Doris Jean Powers. Now, it’s helping the 84-year-old plan for – and even laugh about – death. Read more
We all have days when we feel like pouting – when we feel angry, irritable, upset, depressed, hurt, lonely, or any number of unpleasant feelings. And when we feel that way, it seems only natural to want to avoid our pain. So we come up with all sorts of ways to try and throw it off – we blame others for our misfortune; wish for a better job, more money, a different partner or what have you; and tell ourselves all sorts of “stories” of how it used to be or could be if only things were different. But really, these approaches aren’t helpful at all. We’re either making things worse by spreading our bad …
Bhikkhu Bodhi stands as one of the foremost and most prolific modern translators of the Pali canon. He has translated The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (the Samyutta Nikaya) and revised Bhikkhu Ãƒâ€˜anamoli’s translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Sayings). Both are published by Wisdom Publications, as is the volume under review.
Bhikkhu Bodhi’s latest tour de force is this indispensible anthology — thematically arranged — of key teachings from each of the five sections, or nikayas, of the Pali discourses. The selected teachings are organized into ten themes such as The Human Condition, The Path to Liberation, and Shining the Light of Wisdom. This arrangement has the advantage of giving a more balanced …
The Nobel Prize-winning poet, Derek Walcott, asks us to imagine a time when we meet ourselves, with elation, at the door, and invite ourselves in to become reacquainted with this “stranger who has loved you / all your life.”
It’s a beautiful image, and one that has strong resonances for those who practice meditation. We are often strangers to ourselves.
Consider this: How often do we, in our lack of integration, tell ourselves that we’re going to do one thing and yet, a day, or perhaps mere seconds later, we find ourselves doing another? The self who made the first decision is in some way a different self from the one who actually caused the …
Meditation was instrumental in bringing a turnaround in hundreds of violence-prone inmates in the Tihar jail, India’s first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi has said. Read more
The biggest – and best – surprise, according to Lee, has been the high level of interest. Read more
UCSF, Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University Medical Center are among a growing number of medical institutions that offer traditional Chinese approaches such as acupuncture, tai chi chuan and meditation. Read more
The Venerable Ban Ruo sees no conflict between his faith’s position of non-violence and ministering to front-line police. Read more