Buddhist Teachings

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness – Meditation Article

The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy. Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh. Purchas a print in the Lion’s Roar store. Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us…

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How to Invoke the Medicine Buddha – Meditation Article

David Michie teaches us a healing meditation to purify karma and cultivate well-being. Artwork courtesy of livingbuddhistart.com It is no coincidence that the words “medication” and “meditation” are only one letter different. They both come from the same Latin root word, medeor, meaning “to heal or to make whole.” In the West, our medical focus is on the external—on the curing of physical symptoms—while Eastern traditions focus more on the internal, that is, addressing the mental causes of illness. It is…

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How Maitri Opens Your Heart – Meditation Article

Maitri means loving-kindness or unconditional friendliness. David Nichtern shows you how to do this heart-opening Buddhist practice, and Cyndi Lee explains how to incorporate it in your yoga practice. Photo by Xevi Casanovas. Our hearts are always fundamentally open. They’re just covered up sometimes by doubt, hesitation, fear, anxiety, and all kinds of self-protective habitual patterns. The practice of opening the heart is based on exploring and reversing some of these patterns. We cultivate openness while noting and dissolving the…

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Sleepy Mind, Monkey Mind – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Anita Feng shares how to stop going back and forth between drowsiness and “monkey mind.” Photo by Andre Mouton. Question: When I’m meditating, I mostly flip-flop between trying not to fall asleep and getting lost in my thoughts and fantasies. How do I stop going back and forth between drowsiness and monkey mind? Anita Feng: Whenever you wander into the stupor of sleepiness or the labyrinth fantasies of the monkey mind, just note this occurrence. There is no need to…

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How to Practice Loving-Kindness – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

JoAnna Hardy teaches us the famed Buddhist practice of metta – offering love to ourselves and others. Illustrations by Tomi Um. When I was introduced to the practice of metta—most often translated as lovingkindness practice—I definitely knew it wasn’t for me. It was too mushy and sentimental for my pragmatic mind. It was reminiscent of the wishful praying that I thought was reserved for the type of faith I had left behind. I didn’t really believe that I—or maybe any living…

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How to Look at a Wall – Meditation Article

Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller explain’s Bodhidharma’s famous practice of wall gazing. Photo by David Gabriel Fischer. “Would you like to learn to meditate now?” I asked this of a student as we neared the end of the meditation class. I was losing my patience. All morning long, she had raised philosophical questions and objections. She wanted to debate Buddhism and not practice it. Time was running out, and we’d barely begun. I kept trying to get back to the point,…

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Meditation is the Key to Knowing Yourself — Pema Chödrön – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Photo by Eniko Kis. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps, says Pema Chödrön, to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps us to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. The reason that…

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