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April 2017

The Guided Meditation that Opened My Heart {Video}

By | 2017-04-07T09:10:55+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Normally Vajrayana practices seem silly to me. When people are sitting and visualizing elaborate mandalas, I often wonder if they're really doing it.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   When I reflect on my practice, I realize that I've been on at least a dozen retreats with Vajrayana Buddhist teachers, but there are really three [...]

March 2017

February 2017

December 2016

Shamatha Meditation: How (& Why) to Begin a Simple Practice.

By | 2016-12-20T09:54:31+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Meditation is about training our minds to experience reality directly.   By Daniel Scharpenburg   Shamatha is a style of meditation that is simple. The point of it is to free ourselves from delusion. We dwell in delusion all the time, but as long as we understand that and cultivate discipline, shamatha can [...]

November 2016

Buddha Tells Us to Calm The F*ck Down & Sh*t.

By | 2016-11-17T08:37:30+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured, The Ramblings of a Tattooed Buddhist|

I was a little shocked, but probably no more than the average person that meets me and finds out that I am Buddhist. I don't fit the stereotypical, white, hippie, vegan image that most people imagine. By Ty H. Phillips   The job I was working last month quickly dried up. His recent hires, [...]

October 2016

September 2016

Confession: I Don’t Do Visualization Meditation.

By | 2016-10-14T07:47:36+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Striding Through The Universe|

By Daniel Scharpenburg I attend a local Rime (nonsectarian) Vajrayana Buddhist Temple and I love it. I go to as many events and retreats as I can, and I volunteer for a few duties, including teaching classes. My community means a lot to me. This means I’ve been on retreats with Vajrayana teachers multiple times [...]

August 2016

March 2016

In Honor of Food.

By | 2016-10-14T07:48:29+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Beginner Meditation, blog, Environment, Wellness|

By Peter Schaller Last Tuesday was a long, exhausting day. I spent the entire day in the field, working with small farmers to identify areas on their dusty properties for reforestation. The day was full of climbing and descending the mountains in this arid region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. At lunchtime, I had managed to sneak [...]