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The Essence of Meditation

This is the art of meditation—paying close attention to what is actually going on. Lewis Richmond gives us practical steps to find the essence of meditation.  Part I: Turning the Light of Awareness Inward Every religious tradition espouses some form of meditation or prayer, but because these...

Your Secret Life: Why Every Life Needs Secrets for Awakening

Every Life Holds Secrets   Every life is a patchwork of secrets, half-truths, evasions, shams and disguises. The most authentic among us have hidden compartments, shadowy corners, and taboo behaviors we keep under wraps for fear of destroying our public image.   I know a wonderful Buddhist teacher who...

A Sacred Story: From Violence to Love

“True healing of violence begins with our personal story.  When we gather the courage to tell our story, we come out of the closet.  We break the shackles of shame not only for ourselves, but for the world we live in.  This is Freedom.  This...

Teaching Buddhism Inside Prison – Part I: Compassion

Jacoby Ballard will share three articles in the month of March about his work teaching Buddhism inside prisons in New York. Read Part I here…   The Importance of Compassion Towards Inmates “I think that if I’m not right internally with my own suffering, then I can’t genuinely share...