Five minutes to brain health

Starting in your 20s, your brain starts to wither—but you can change that. Only five minutes a day can do so much to help create the space your active brain needs. Zen space. A healthier brain is good reason to start a meditation practice if you haven’t begun already. So what first steps can you take? Find a meditation style …

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Buddha Standard Time

In a way, Buddhism is a profound study in time and time management, because the better you manage your mind and spirit, the less hold time has on you. Every moment can be lived fully, free and unconditioned, and every moment holds infinite possibilities and opportunities for a fresh start. Every moment of heightened consciousness is precious beyond price, for …


How to find the man who

The purpose of a fishtrap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a …


Dreaming of butterflies

The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamed he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. He had no awareness of his individuality as a person. Suddenly, he awoke and found himself lying there. He thought to himself, “Was I before a man who dreamed about being a butterfly? Or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?”


A meditation for today

May all beings everywhere, with whom we are inseparably interconnected, be fulfilled, awakened, and free. May there be peace in this world and throughout the entire universe, and may we all together complete the spiritual journey.


How do you measure your love for your mother?

If there’s one generality that one can say about every human being it’s this: We all came from a mother. How do you measure your love for your mother? Thich Nhat Hanh may have set the standard for mother love, as he explains in his essay: “A Rose for Every Pocket.” We quote that beautiful work of art here, in toto. …


Why the American Indian sees life as a circle

In this culture we look at life as though it were a straight line. The longer the line the more we imagine we have lived, the wholer we suppose ourselves to be, and the less horrendous we imagine the end point. The death of the young is seen as tragic and shakes the faith of many. But in the American …


7 Ways Zen Buddhism Can Change Your Life

Zen Buddhism caused me to have a mental breakdown of sorts. I understand how that sounds, but let me explain. It wasn’t quite the crazy eyed, hair pulling, stress-induced brain collapse you might envision when hearing the phrase “mental breakdown”, but it was a mental breakdown in the sense that I felt like my entire mind was broken down. Zen …


Zen things I learned from my dog

“My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life.” So begins Charlotte Joko Beck’s classic book Everyday Zen. This simple statement began my fascination with Zen. I had already had direct experience of what Joko was talking about. For roughly 10 years I walked, day and night, with our dog, Bo. During that  period I had suffered a series of setbacks, …


Our mind is like a cluttered garage

Our subconscious is like that garage or that closet or that basement in our house that has become the unspoken storage centre for our life’s possessions: the things that we’ve put away in boxes or that we still haven’t unpacked from a previous move; the stuff that we’ve tucked away until we have the space or the time to open …