Dharma

Our Practice for the Week

Our Practice for the Week

Predisposing the Mind to Happiness First thing in the morning – “I look forward to the simple good things that are already on their way.” X7 “I am grateful for the blessings of this day.” X3    “I am grateful…

Adapt to Reality

Adapt to Reality

“I will adapt to ceaseless change.” paraphrase of old Samurai saying

Do Your Best, Then Let Go

Do Your Best, Then Let Go

“Causes and conditions are vast & unpredictable, my power and understanding limited, therefore I make my best effort and then let go.”  

Working with Difficult Conditions

Working with Difficult Conditions

“I will not (merely) be a victim of circumstance.” “I will transform each difficult condition into a path.” – a path of finding a solution to the problem or adapting to the new circumstances. – a path of discovering insights…

Storing Some Sunshine

Storing Some Sunshine

In the evening, Recite three times: “I am grateful for the good things of this day.”   Then think of three or four examples from the day and say:   “I am grateful for: having a roof over my head…

A Meditation about the Circles of Cause and Effect

Circles of Cause and Effect Prepare for the sit. Open with intention. Calm the mind. Recite 1, 10, 25, 50 or 100 times. “All beings are the creators of circles of cause and effect. Their happiness and unhappiness depend upon…

What We Do Matters

What We Do Matters

What We Do Matters Prepare for the sit. Open with intention. Calm the mind. Recite 1, 10, 25, 50 or 100 times. “Everything is connected, therefore my actions matter.” See clearly, whatever arises. Close with intention.

Things Change…

Impermanence: Prepare for the sit. Calm the mind. Recite one, two or all of the sayings: 1, 10, 25, 50 or 100 times. “Everything changes. Nothing stays the same.” “Everyone changes. No one stays the same.” “Everywhere changes. No place…

A Brief Joy Meditation on Gratitude

A Brief Joy Meditation for the Morning “I look forward to the unknown blessings that are already on their way” X7 A Brief Joy Meditation for the Evening “I am grateful for the blessings of this day.” [Name two or…

A Compassion Meditation

A Compassion Meditation

“May I be free of pain and suffering.” x3 “May (my friend) Sally be free of pain and suffering.” x3 “May ‘the bank teller’ be free of pain and suffering.” x3 “May (my opponent) Mike be free of pain and…