Q & A: How Can I Best Do This Practice?

Question: How does one go about dedicating their life to this practice? I’m 25 and don’t have many responsibilities, so I have more flexibility and time to give to it. Answer: It’s like that old Nike slogan: just do it. There are ways of going about...

Q & A: Meditation Techniques

Question: I’ve got a nuts-and-bolts question about meditation.  There are so many varieties:  following the breath, paying attention to whatever arises,  focusing on something particular (like a prayer), Tonglen, etc.  After years of teaching and practice, which...

A Not-So-Full Enlightenment

I got an email recently that was pretty cool. In it the anonymous writer rather pointedly suggested that I was wrong to suggest that Alan Chapman’s self-professed “full” enlightenment, documented over at his site, Open Enlightenment, was at best an...

Norman Fischer writes for the NYT’s Happy Days Blog

Last week’s  NYTimes.com posted a nice piece by Norman Fischer: As most people know, a Zen meditation retreat is not a vacation. Despite the silence and the beauty, despite the respite from the busyness, the experience can be grueling. The meditation practice is...

Stillness In the Face of a Child’s Tantrum

I recently received this in a wonderful letter from one of our virtual sangha members in Germany. It’s a beautiful reminder of how this practice can have profound effects on our families: Kids develop in phases and each jump to the next level seems to bring with...

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