Yoga

Harried By Rest

Sometimes I’m so busy that I feel guilty about taking rest or finding pleasure in quiet moments by myself.  以閑為楽 means, to find pleasure in leisure, or to find pleasure in a quiet place removed from the concerns of the world.  On the surface it seems obvious that we should find joy in leisure time, but I find the statement to be a personal challenge from the universe to wake up to the joys of life all around us, even when we are totally stressed out.

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Sharing Power in TCTSY

At the end of a TCTSY class a participant asked me, “So you are a yoga teacher, right?  What should we call you?  Sensei?” I

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When Yoga Meets Zen Meditation

In the United States there is a cultural idea born in part by early commentators, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, on the Bhagavad Gita and the Buddhist Sutras that meditation is about control, that this control requires one’s own individual efforts alone, and one will eventually experience peace if practiced for long enough.  These ideas are fine but can be misleading when taken out of context. 

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“Improving” Zazen with Yoga

Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking meditation is going to do something for them, make them calmer or happier. There has been loads of research on how meditation does that.  But without adequate preparation it really just gets us in touch with our own misery.  This is why I suggest asking not what your meditation practice can do for you, but what you can do for your meditation practice.

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What is real Yoga?

People were suffering long ago.  People are suffering today.  Old age is suffering.  Sickness, the loss of loved ones, our own impending death – these

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Yoga of the Mind: A Key to unlocking the grip of prejudice

A prejudice mind is one that is experiencing fluctuations. It is the opposite of steady. When our mind is not steady, we know we are not seeing reality as it is. But this insight into our fluctuating mind only comes if we have a practice well established. Otherwise, we filter what we perceive through our confused senses as reality. We think what we are seeing is real, when in fact we are mistaking a distortion for reality.

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A Dharma Doorway

Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them. Children have been by far my best teachers.  Jesus said that if we can learn to have

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