Dharma

Memories Lie

I forget who it was who said something along the following: “We spend most of our time thinking about sex, except for act itself, when our minds tend to wander.” When we really pay attention to the moment by moment rising phenomena, what is true and real?  The following, as stated so well by Tracy,
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Oh, Death

This week’s class was on “The Heavenly Messengers.” When sickness, old age and death touch us, our lives can be transformed.  As a great sage once said when asked of the greatest wonder of the world, he replied, “That everyone dies … and no one thinks they will.” I thought I’d share a few of
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Mindfulness and Trauma

I had a wonderful opportunity to present a daylong seminar at Marymount University this last Friday on “Focusing and Mindfulness to Treat Trauma and PTSD.” We had a wonderful collection of graduate students, clinicians and hard core meditators in attendance. I was excited and a bit enthralled to be able to speak to this convergence
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Skillful Means vs. Manipulation

There is a fine line between skillfully directing the mind and trying to manipulate the mind toward ‘feeling better.’ Here are a few things I found helpful during my month-long retreat – for a while.  Once I ‘lost the buzz’ I found myself struggling to ‘get back there.’ Eventually I realized that the ‘there’ I
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Tending Two Shops

A number of folks have requested the poem I read last week in class.  It speaks beautifully to the relative and absolute worlds we navigate. Tending Two Shops Don’t run around this world looking for a hole to hide in. There are wild beasts in every cave ! If you live with mice, the cat
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