"I knew I had been avoiding my next level of writing as I walked into the funky mountain hideaway near Winter Park in September. And that’s exactly why I went to the Rocky Mountain Contemplative Writing Retreat." Read more
“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” AnaÃƒÂ¯s Nin
It’s easy to think of a spiritual life as being somehow “elsewhere” or as being something that we can only aspire to in the future. But a true sense of spirituality comes from looking deeply into our present-moment experience and seeing more truly than we currently do.
When we sit to meditate we don’t try to escape who we are, rather we learn to be comfortable with being who we are. Living deeply, in the context of meditation, means unlearning our habits of craving, aversion, and delusion: habits which prevent us from acknowledging our experience fully.
In practical terms, this means opening …
Conference addresses western medicine and society’s embrace of meditation. Read more
Dalai Lama will join acclaimed speakers from the scientific and contemplative communities to discuss science and clinical applications of meditation. Read more
Those practising spiritual meditation were more relaxed and better able to withstand pain than people performing secular meditation, a new study finds Read more
The curious title of this book comes from a Zen Koan set the author by the Korean Zen master Seung Sahn: “You’ll understand what I am thinking when you can swallow the River Ganges.” The koan, in case you’re wondering (and I’m sure you are) seems to point to the arbitrary way in which we divide our experience into “inner” and ” outer.” So that’s the title.
The rest of the book is concerned with Theravadin rather than Zen meditation practice, and is a presentation of material from the 5th century Buddhist scholar-monk Buddhaghosa’s guide to practice, The Path of Purity (Vissudhimagga).
This book is an excellent, and very …
I’m no sports fan, but that didn’t stop me from being fascinated by Phil Jackson’s book about spirituality and basketball. Jackson was coach of the famous Chicago Bulls, and Sacred Hoops is not only the biography of a spiritual seeker, but details how Jackson introduced the Bulls to Buddhist meditation practices so that the players could quiet their minds and concentrate on the game, and to practice non-reactivity in response to on-court violence. The team even developed a playing strategy based on Taoist principles!
How did it work out? Some of the players found it hard to get into meditation, but under Jackson’s leadership the Bulls won three NBA …