Is the West Ready for Tantra?

Is the West Ready for Tantra?

Tantric methods of transformation are among the most powerful means of spiritual practice ever devised. Tantra has the ability to radically transform a practitioner, and even bring about enlightenment in one lifetime. But anything that has this much power to help has...
The Lost Art of Contemplation

The Lost Art of Contemplation

This article was originally published in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (February 1, 2021). tricycle.org. Learning the art of contemplation will transform you from within. However, in the breakneck speed of this modern age, slowing down to contemplate and meditate is...
Emergency Meditations: Easy Short Meditations

Emergency Meditations: Easy Short Meditations

Many people have a limited sense of meditation. One unexpected aspect of expanding our sense of meditation is learning how to shrink it, so to speak, into what I refer to as “Emergency Meditations.” People often think that meditation only works when you...
Meditation is Not Enough

Meditation is Not Enough

Many meditators think that meditation is capable of handling all your issues. People often swing the pendulum too far back in the other direction, from an initially dismissive attitude towards meditation, to one that views it as a panacea. They swing from one extreme...
Amazing Meditation Experiences: What Do They Mean?

Amazing Meditation Experiences: What Do They Mean?

If you have been meditating for some time, sooner or later you may find that you have some amazing meditation experiences – 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...
How Much Should I Meditate to See Results?

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...