Cultivating my mama bear energy

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you to all of you who are mothers — birth mothers, adoptive mothers, step-mothers, foster mothers, mothers-in-law, and to all who bring forth loving protective energy in the care of what you love. Of course I am remembering my own mother. Lately I have been thinking most about her passion for […]

What gets in the way of loving-kindness?

When we see how loving-kindness (metta in the Pali language) makes all the difference in our lives and in our relationships, why is it sometimes so difficult to muster? Believing that metta is finiteWhen we practice sending metta we are activating our natural sense of generosity. This generosity comes in part from understanding the nature […]

What keeps us from awakening?

At the very center of the graphic chart of all the Buddhist teachings are the Three Marks of Existence: anicca, the impermanence of all life; anatta, no separate self; and dhukka, suffering that comes from our ongoing argument against the truth of the first two Marks. Hmm, they must be super important to be at […]

Clock Time :: Both convenience and delusion

We are beginning our exploration of Delusion, one of The Three Poisons that keep us from awakening. (The other two are Greed and Aversion.) As we count down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, the concept of calendar and clock time seems a perfect place to start our investigation — not because we are beginning […]

It’s so easy to see other people’s delusions!

The definition of awakening (or enlightenment) is ending greed, aversion and delusion — The Three Poisons. It’s pretty easy to recognize greed: ‘If I just had fill in the blank I would be happy.’ It’s even easier to recognize aversion, finding fault and making an enemy of people, things, situations and aspects of ourselves. But, […]

More than just coping with it all

Doesn’t it seem like just when things can’t get any worse, they do? This week in the United States has been marked by violence born out of such senseless hatred, it feels unbearable. In case you are reading this at a later date, and wonder which of the many senseless acts of violence I might be […]