Posted in February 2013

Simply Stop

“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary—put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.” —Master Linji, Teaching 18 “Buddhist teachings are not exalted words and scriptures existing outside us on a high shelf in the temple, but are medicine for our ills. Buddhist teachings … Continue reading

Karen Maezen Miller: Heroes

“I am amazed by the extraordinary power we have to do good when we have the courage to do nothing.” The blog post alone is great. But it’s the quotation in the right column that I needed to see today: “Attention is love.” Source:  

Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

“My middle way and your middle way are not the same middle way. For instance, my style is to be casual and soft-edged and laid-back. For me to do what usually would be called a strict practice is still pretty relaxed, because I do it in a relaxed way. So strict practice is good for … Continue reading

Daily Affirmations for Kids

I’ve been experimenting with affirmation cards for my toddler. The free printable cards available via the link below are my favorite so far. I printed them on white card stock, laminated them with 9 x 12 inch self-adhesive laminating sheets, and cut them out. She likes to find them and stack them up. And I like … Continue reading

Words of Wisdom chosen by Lama Surya Das

“The practice of moral ethics should be entirely voluntary and implemented on a personal level. I often tell Buddhists, when I’m teaching, unless you practice with sincerity, there is a risk of religion becoming a cover for hypocrisy. There are people who pay lip service to religion, but seem to be praying, ‘Please bless me … Continue reading

Loving Kindness Meditation

May I be well. May I be happy and content. May I be free from danger and suffering. May I be filled with loving-kindness. May you be well. May you be happy and content. May you be free from danger and suffering. May you be filled with loving-kindness. May all beings be well. May all … Continue reading

Move With Warmth and Gentleness

“In sitting practice, there’s no way you can go wrong, wherever you find yourself. Just relax. Relax your shoulders, relax your stomach, relax your heart, relax your mind. Bring in as much gentleness as you can. The technique is already quite precise. It has a structure, it has a form. So within that form, move … Continue reading