Buddhist Studies

How Much Should I Meditate to See Results?

How Much Should I Meditate to See Results?

I'm often asked, "How much should I meditate to see results?" Before offering more specific guidelines for meditation, to help gain perspective, I like to point out the importance of repetition in mastering anything. We also need to take into account what masters we...

My First Month Long Silent Meditation Retreat

My First Month Long Silent Meditation Retreat

In 1988, in an effort to explore the Buddhist path, I decided to do a month long silent meditation retreat in the forests of Vermont.  It was a stretch.  Outside of a few weekends of meditation I had never tried to practice for so long. I walked up the road to the...

Amazing Meditation Experiences: What Do They Mean?

Amazing Meditation Experiences: What Do They Mean?

Sooner or later a meditator will encounter a meditative experience – which is a time of rejoicing, and a time for concern. Meditative absorption, as coveted as it may be, is not the point of the path, for we are not trying to create a state of mind that we then label as “spiritual.” These meditative experiences can range from simple tranquility to radiant ecstasy. They can manifest as an out-of-body experience, total cessation of thought, or simply sensations of clarity and bliss.

Know the Three Shadows of the Mindfulness Revolution

Know the Three Shadows of the Mindfulness Revolution

The Three Shadows of the Mindfulness Revolution The benefits of mindfulness are legion. However, I do believe there is a dark side of the mindfulness revolution, because wherever you find light, you find the near enemies. I see three shadows of the Mindfulness...

Shamatha Meditation Instruction

Shamatha Meditation Instruction

In this audio program,  I offer meditation instruction on Shamatha, or calm abiding meditation. This is a fundamental form of mindfulness meditation. This is excerpted from my audio learning course (available through Soundstrue.com) Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of...

The Power of Perspective: The Straw Effect

The Power of Perspective: The Straw Effect

Take a look at your own experience and see if it’s not true: when the mind gets small, problems get big; when the mind gets big, problems get small. That is where the power of perspective can help. One of the biggest problems we have in life is loss of perspective,...

Kagyu Lineage Supplication Chant

Kagyu Lineage Supplication Chant

Kagyu lineage supplication chant is the invocation for the practice of mahamudra in the Kagyu tradition. Kagyu is one of the four lineages in Tibetan Buddhism. The principal teaching of the Kagyu is mahamudra, which is the main meditative transmission handed down from...

Four Dharmas of Gampopa

Four Dharmas of Gampopa

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is an important set of teachings that were made available to us by the great master, Lord Gampopa. (or the man from Gampo) He was one of the great fathers of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and was the most famous disciple of...

The Importance of View on the Buddhist Path

The Importance of View on the Buddhist Path

The Importance of View on the Buddhist Path A great deal of confusion along the path is born from misunderstanding its stages, and the larger context in which it always takes place.  It's easy to underestimate the importance of view on the Buddhist path - proper...

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