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    The Heart’s Intention

    Becoming aware of intention is the key to awakening in moment-to-moment practice. In each situation that calls for our engagement, some inner intention will precede our response.…

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    Rumi’s Teacher

    The great Persian poet Rumi had an extraordinary teacher named Shams. Even as a child Shams seemed different. His own parents struggled with whether to send him to a monastery of…

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    Boredom

    Another form of aversion that we can learn to be mindful of is boredom. Usually we are afraid of boredom and will do anything to avoid it. So we go to the refrigerator, pick up…

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    Equanimity vs Indifference

    The near enemy of equanimity is indifference or callousness. We may appear serene if we say, “I’m not attached. It doesn’t matter what happens anyway, because…

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    Cultivating Compassion

    There are many levels on which we can strengthen and awaken compassion in our lives. We can practice it in silence as we sit. When thoughts or images of the suffering of other…

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    Heaven & Hell

    A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk. “Monk,” he said, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience, “teach me about heaven and hell!” The…

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    A Meditation on Lovingkindness

    This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an…

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    Water Into Wine

    A century ago, a young student at the great Oxford University in England was taking an important examination in religious studies. The examination question for this day was to…

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    A Meditation on Grief

    “When after heavy rain the storm clouds disperse, is it not that they’ve wept themselves clear to the end?” ~Ghalib Grief is one of the heart’s natural…

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    Skillful Service is Born of a Quiet Heart

    Wise intention and skillful service need to be nourished by periods of quiet and prayer. Every great tradition includes some from of the Sabbath. In the West we inherited the…

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    A Full Awareness of the Feelings

    This is a second principle for releasing repeated patterns-Open to a Full Awareness of the Feelings. It is the feeling level that controls most of our inner life, yet often we are…

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    Forgiveness & Kind Intention

    In the mandala of wholeness we are called to the practice of forgiveness. We must especially find a forgiving heart with family and those close to us. Only then can we bring it…

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    Healthy Desire

    Buddhist psychology teaches us to distinguish between the painful desire of addiction and driven ambition and the healthy energies of dedication and commitment. A dream or…

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    Immediacy

    Spiritual Awakening is found in the here and now. In the Zen tradition they say, “After the ecstasy, the laundry.” Spiritual maturity manifests itself in the immanent…

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    Turning Difficulties into Healing

    In the Arthurian legends, the young knight Parsifal joins the Knights of the Round Table to seek the Holy Grail. His mentor, Gournamond, tells him that to remain honorable, he…

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    Spiritual Life Takes Courage

    Equanimity is not indifference, and compassion is not pity. True spirituality  requires us to be fully present for life. For us to begin to look directly at the world situation…

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    Awareness of the Dance

    The third principle in working with altered states can be called Awareness of the Dance. When such experiences arise, the practitioner’s primary responsibility is to open to…

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    The Fruits of Non-Identification

    Buddhist psychology calls non-identification the abode of awakening, the end of clinging, true peace, nirvana. Without identification, we can respectfully care for ourselves and…

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    Forgiving Ourselves

    Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we…

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    Healing The Mind

    Just as we heal the body and the heart through awareness, so can we heal the mind. Just as we learn about the nature and rhythm of sensations and feelings, so can we learn about…

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    Remembering Who You Are

    “How amazing. All living beings have the Buddha nature of awakening and freedom, yet they do not realize this. Unknowingly they wander on the ocean of suffering for…

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    The Gates of Awakening

    Every spiritual tradition has stories of those who have awakened from their usual dreamlike state to a sacred way of being. Through initiation, purification, or prayer, or by a…

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    Big Sky Bell Meditation

    Jack leads a Big Sky Bell Meditation. Taken from a talk originally recorded October 24, 2013.

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    A Shining Web of Good Hearts & Goodwill In Israel & Palestine

    In a recent visit to the peacemaking communities of Holy land, I found an astonishing (and hardly reported) web of hundreds of organizations fostering reconciliation and peace…

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    “Buddhists Betray the Teachings” – Jack Kornfield

     “A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist…

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    Nelson Mandela – Freedom of Spirit

    A magnificent light of human spirit was carried by Nelson Mandela to us all. When he walked out of Robben Island prison after 27 years with such dignity, magnanimity and…

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    “Make this body dance”

    - African Proverb Greetings! I happily just celebrated a 68th birthday week and part of the celebration was watching some amazing dancers. It happened at the celebration of a…

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    Dedication and Grace

    Recently I received an invitation from good friends at Pillars of Peace to hear Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Honolulu. Daw Suu has been an inspiration to me and millions of others…

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    Karma & Habit

    In the ancient texts, karma is written as a compound word, karma-vipaka. Karma-vipaka means “action and result,” or what we call cause and effect. This is…