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  • Dock

    Why Turning Tension Into a Problem To Be Solved Doesn’t Work (and What Does)

    Often our immediate response to tension and other emotional complexes is to view them as problems that we need to solve…immediately! Critical thinking and problem solving are specialties of the rational mind. However, research indicates there are a number of reasons why approaching tension with critical thinking backfires on us, leaving us feeling more tense rather than less. In this post, I look at why our usual problem solving strategies can’t resolve tension and what does.

  • Terracotta Warriors

    The Shambhala Warrior’s Aspirations to Perceive Goodness & Establish a Wholesome Society for the Benefit of All

    Shambhala Warriorship was first introduced in the West by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the late 1970s. It represents his desire to teach the basic principles of meditation within a secular training program. These same principles are carried forward today within Shambhala Buddhism. Learn more about the Shambhala Path here. This post acts as a statement of the Shambhala Warrior’s aspirations.

  • The Meaning of Emptiness in Buddhism

    Emptiness is a translation of the Sanskrit term shunyata. For Westerners, this term can create a lot of confusion. We tend to think of emptiness in negative terms. For instance, when we lose a loved one we might say we feel empty inside. In this short post, I explain what emptiness really is according to Buddhist philosophy and touch on its experiential aspect.

  • A Brief Introduction to Nature of Mind Meditation

    Natural Meditation is an effortless practice that’s quite suited to a Western audience. Traditionally, it has even been called non-meditation. In this short post, I consider the unique method of Natural Meditation and contrast ordinary awareness with pure awareness.

  • How Mindfulness Meditation Helps Relieve Chronic Pain

    In this post, I present the entire map of how mindfulness meditation practice helps us in our quest to resolve chronic pain. We will look at these aspects of the journey: the basic problem, the mindfulness solution, the method used, the essence of the practice, the primary purpose of practice, the envisioned goal, and expected results.