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Free the Mind, Awaken the Heart…

"It’s not life that causes suffering, it’s our story about life—our interpretation—that causes so much distress." Pema Chodron The practice of Mindfulness helps us wake up out of our stories about life. As Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist Nun, tells us, it's not life/what is happening in life that creates suffering, it's our interpretation about it. This is great news! It means...[ read more ]

Freedom Comes When We Shift Our Perspective…

Love and Kindness

Our planet is but a speck in the universe and within that speck, we are like a grain of sand. Yet, when we face challenges, it's as if we are the universe and everything else is a grain of sand. This is not to dismiss the reality that all of us face challenges; gain and loss, pleasure and pain, fame...[ read more ]

The Healing Power of Noble Silence

Healing is always available... all you need to do is pause.... in the stillness of silence. Listen to the quiet... So still, empty...yet so full. The possibility to connect with this moment, this body, this breath, this heart. To sense the feel into this moment. Can you sense the vibrant aliveness that is here? Beyond thoughts, beliefs, and...[ read more ]

Landlocked in Fur…Liberating the Mind and Heart

Stepping out of our limiting beliefs... Why do we sit in meditation practice? I believe we sit in order to see how the mind and heart get contracted and trapped by the thoughts, beliefs, and stories we use to make sense of and navigate life. We are so much more than our thoughts, so much more than this body or...[ read more ]

Meeting Thoughts Wisely

DEAR YOU By Kaveri Patel Dear you, You who always have so many things to do so many places to be your mind spinning like fan blades at high speed each moment always a blur because you’re never still. I know you’re tired. I also know it’s not your fault. The constant brain-buzz is like a swarm of bees threatening...[ read more ]

Meeting Pain with Compassion…

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Compassion is the...[ read more ]

Cultivating Kindness, Awareness and Wisdom as a path Towards Freedom

In this talk we explore this practice and how it helps us move towards freedom of heart/mind through the cultivation of kindness, awareness and wisdom. Dharma Talk - November 10th, 2018 - Sila Samadhi Panna

Awaken Joy and Compassion

“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh [caption id="attachment_1483" align="alignleft" width="201"] A moment of joy can awaken compassion[/caption] One word, one action, one thought can bring us into direct...[ read more ]

Meet Emotional Pain with Compassion

Compassion helps heal wounds

“The cry we hear from deep in our hearts, says Thich Nhat Hanh, comes from the wounded child within. Healing this inner child’s pain will transform negative emotions.” Compassion can help us heal emotional pain… Meeting emotional pain with compassion heals. However, it isn't our first response. When emotional pain arises, we usually try to avoid it, distract ourselves or soothe...[ read more ]

True Refuge – Finding our way home to ourselves

True refuge is a coming home to the wisdom of the awakened heart and mind. Instead of seeking peace, belonging or freedom in the external world, we learn to turn towards our true home; the compassionate heart and the spacious mind. This Dharma Talk  was recorded on Nov 3rd, 2018 and includes a guided meditation at the end.

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