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...
Three Downsides of the Mindfulness Revolution

Three Downsides of the Mindfulness Revolution

The benefits of mindfulness are legion. However, I do believe there are downsides of the mindfulness revolution, because wherever you find light, you find the near enemies.   1. Scientism As potent as mindfulness is, it is not a panacea. Just like one can stray in the...
The Evolution of Abuse

The Evolution of Abuse

It’s happened again, most recently in the Shambhala community. And it is heartbreaking. Scandals in spiritual organizations will never end until we understand the processes that give rise to them. The wisdom traditions maintain that if we can relate to them properly,...
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,...