The Practice of Now

The Practice of Now

I recently stumbled across a picture of myself from high school, right around the age when I started meditating. This was around 1990, and you can ...
The Practice of Now

The Practice of Now

I recently stumbled across a picture of myself from high school, right around the age when I started meditating. This was around 1990, and you can ...
All That We Want

All That We Want

What do you want? Right now? There’s a chance, if you’re in a comfortable, quiet spot, maybe holding a cup of coffee in your hand as you read this,...
The Spiritual Practice of Being a Grown-Up

The Spiritual Practice of Being a Grown-Up

It is said that at the end of the Buddha’s life, he gave a teaching about eight awarenesses that are present in “great beings.” The teaching appear...
What is Theravada Buddhism?

What is Theravada Buddhism?

Buddhism is divided into 3 main schools: Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Theravada. The three schools are largely similar and share the same core values o...
How to Create a Sacred Space In Your Own Home

How to Create a Sacred Space In Your Own Home

A sacred space is a place dedicated to connecting with yourself and your inner spirit. It is a place of deep personal significance, and, therefore,...
Avalokiteshvara, The Bodhisattva of Compassion

Avalokiteshvara, The Bodhisattva of Compassion

In Buddhism, Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig, is known as the bodhisattva of compassion. A bodhisattva is a being who has completed their journey tow...
We’re All Trapped

We’re All Trapped

So much of spiritual dialogue is about liberation—as it should be—but a focus on liberation can be a way of turning our gaze away from the other si...
Facial Roller and Gua Sha: Their Spiritual Significance and Instructional Guide

Facial Roller and Gua Sha: Their Spiritual Significance and Instructional Guide

The use of facial rollers and gua shas may seem like only a new trend popularized by beauty influencers and skincare brands, but these unique littl...
DharmaCrafts' Calming Meditation Script - "Blissful Mind"

DharmaCrafts' Calming Meditation Script - "Blissful Mind"

Meditation scripts are a great gateway into meditation for beginners, and can elevate the practice of even the most experienced meditators. A medit...
Invoking the Power of Compassion

Invoking the Power of Compassion

One of the basic liturgical texts in the Zen world is a chapter from the Lotus Sutra titled “Universal Gateway,” or more precisely, “The Universal ...
Breathing Out, I Smile

Breathing Out, I Smile

The Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh died last month, at the age of 95. It’s impossible to overstate his importance in the Buddhist world—he popu...