NYTimes: A Positive Outlook Life


Here’s a series of two articles from the New York Times about the physical and emotional benefits associated with cultivating a positive outlook on life. The author, Jane Brody, includes advice on how to transform negative thoughts through compassion meditation and other activities. A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health – Actively cultivating positive emotions […]

Geshe Rabten All dharma collects into one intention


All methods of the different traditions of the dharma that were taught by the Buddha Shakyamuni have the same intention and goal — the destruction of both the self-cherishing attitude and self-grasping ignorance. If we approach this goal steadily, our practice is progressing well, but if nothing is bringing these real targets closer to destruction, […]

Lama Yeshe: a skillful approach to distractions when meditating


Here’s an interesting passage from Lama Yeshe’s book, “Life, Death, and After Death” in which he explains how to use distractions that arise during meditation as a way to develop a sense of closeness with others. Lama Yeshe leads students in a meditation using the mantra OM AH HUM and then says: If uncontrollable distracted […]

YouTube Recording Available: Yangsi Rinpoche On The Nature Of Mind


Yangsi Rinpoche gave an interesting talk about the Nature of Mind at the Guhyasamaja Center on January 28, 2015. He emphasized the importance of having a clear motivation underlying our meditation practice as well as our intention during our time off the cushion. The talk is available on the Center’s YouTube channel. Be sure to […]

Scientific American Article About Meditation and Neuroscience


Scientific American has published an article by Ven Mattieu Ricard, Richard Davidson and Antoine Lutz titled “Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits”.  The article describes the benefits associated with meditation. The issue is available for download for $5.99.

Lama Zopa on Bodhicitta LOP 2014


Here are some thoughts that Lama Zopa Rinpoche shared about bodhicitta during the first week of the 2014 Light of the Path retreat (these are my notes, they are not a transcription): “You can’t meditate on bodhicitta and emptiness without first developing true renunciation; this would be like tsampa (roasted barley flour) floating on the […]