Author: The Tattooed Buddha

Begin Again. {Poetry}

    By Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan New year fresh as fallen snow Layered atop—previous year’s waters seeped into the ground beneath The sky above Expansive and deepened Horizon to center to vanishing point Land of living skies And ground of deepened snow Step lightly, gentle strength, rising up Pressing down No fallen snowflake ever the same. The poem before the page.       Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, MA, MFA, is a writer, SourcePoint Therapy practitioner and SomaYoga teacher. With four young boys, adventure and learning to live well while supporting others in health is a joy. Yoga, writing and...

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Teaching Kids to Meditate: Things I Have Learned.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Some people say meditation isn’t helpful to children. I humbly disagree. A brief back story: I created a meditation for kids from the ages of five to ten at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This is really something I fell into because the people in charge of the children’s program left. While I didn’t create this program, I was in charge of it for several years now and I made plenty of changes to make it my own. I’ve heard that most Buddhist temples don’t have programs for children. I’m not sure if...

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What is Buddha Nature?

By Daniel Scharpenburg   Here is the concept of Buddha nature. You are enlightened. Your true self is luminous and positive and free. Our purpose in spiritual practice is not to become enlightened, but to discover that we already are. If our true nature is that of the Buddha, or awakened being, then the goal of spiritual transformation doesn’t seem remote. So, I don’t feel enlightened. I don’t feel pure and luminous. Why not? Our true nature is obscured by delusion. We live under a kind of mass hypnosis that stops us from unleashing our full potential. This is...

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