In the crowd of streetwise San Franciscans lining up for needle exchange, he stands out: a 52-year-old gay Buddhist monk, lean and sinewy in his bright yellow and red robes, chatting amicably with the men and women in line while swapping clean syringes for the dirty ones he collects. Read more
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"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.” Anais 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