How can we become good listeners? What might it mean to really hear and be open to ones own thoughts and feelings, and how is listening related to a spiritual path?
If Rebel Buddha were an American Psychotherapist, what would she have to say? How would she teach and guide her peer psychotherapists? What is truly healing and beneficial for clients?
Special Guest Post by Sharon Salzberg
When asked about self hatred the Dalai Lama said, “Self hatred. What is that? But you have Budddha nature. How could you think of yourself that way?” How can Western Buddhists gain confidence in Buddha nature and nourish our capacity to offer lovingkindness to ourselves?
“When we adopt too many aspects of the culture we are learning from, we can begin to feel pressured by it. We stop relating to situations with any immediacy. Instead, we relate to what is happening in front of us through a filter of rules and regulations.”
If we want to taste the truth about our mind and our world, where should we begin? And what does meditation have in common with a Snickers?
Do you ever sit for meditation, hoping for a peaceful experience? What ‘s your approach when it doesn’t happen? Dennis Hunter suggests it’s possible, and even practical, to forget about meditation completely when you’re sitting.