To continue our exploration of healing meditations, I want to touch on the art of remembering as another aspect of mindfulness. Here, we train ourselves to be mindful of some basic facts of life. This, in Buddhism, comes under the cultivation of the correct view. The point is that if we can remember and stay [...]
Dusting can be said to be an endless and, probably, thankless job, in my opinion. I think that’s why it is considered to be a good spiritual practice to keep one’s shrine with all its Buddha statues, pictures and offerings dust-free at all times. Yet, in the history of Tibetan Buddhism, there was one [...]
In my brief survey of the different mental factors presented in the Buddhist teachings, I have arrived at a famous one: mindfulness (Skt., smrti; Tib., dran pa). A casual search on Google should easily return 13 millions entries related to this term. In a way, it is wonderful that something so closely connected to [...]
Sometimes it takes an outrageous statement to shock us out of our old habits and make us take another look at familiar things and experiences.
I came across this one-liner while reading the biography of a contemporary Theravada teacher, Dipa Ma. She remarked that our mind is only stories in response to a student’s observation [...]
As promised, I want to finish what I have started when I introduced the meditation advice from Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah: Keep it simple and stick it to the present.
Why stick our mind and attention to the present? It is best not to misinterpret this to mean that we must never think about [...]
In the meditation practice of mindfulness of breathing, we bring our attention to the tactile sensations of the breath. And as we pay careful and gentle attention to it, we will notice that natural sense of relaxation and release that comes along with each out-breath.
As we breathe out, the muscles of our chest and [...]
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