Hello Friends! I will be doing the 3rd (and final) meditation workshop this Friday night for Coastline Community College Art Gallery. Learn to meditate in an art gallery! And It's Free! On Friday Nov. 14th from 7pm to 8pm Come learn to meditate in Coastline's beautiful new space. We will cover the benefits of a meditation practice, how to get started, resources and will finish with a period of silent meditation. Hope to see you there and please tell your stressed out friends!
Hello Friends- On Sunday March 2nd I will be visiting the Open Door Sitting Group in Claremont and giving a little guest talk titled "Radical Interrelatedness". I am especially excited to visit my Dharma sister Melanie Yetter the guiding teacher at Open Door who will end the class with a Breath Work and Meditation practice. We will be going to lunch after so if you would like to take a field trip with me, please let me know! The FB link can be found HERE
Meditation is associated with a slew of health benefits including
improved mental health, better functional cognition, and even
increased gray matter in the brain. Historically, though, one of the
main purposes of meditation has been to increase the practitioner’s
compassion toward all sentient beings, according to psychology professor David DeSteno.
In a new study led by Condon, DeSteno’s team in the Social Emotions Group
showed that even a brief period of meditation training is indeed
enough to boost one’s compassion toward a suffering stranger more
than fivefold. The results will soon be published in the journal Psychological Science. More HERE
I'm very happy to announce that I will be
opening a Seal Beach office April 1st to better serve my Long Beach/Hunt
Beach and South Bay clients. I now will be seeing clients in both
Irvine and Seal Beach. Please spread the word if you think I can help
someone you know. Thanks!
1. Life is not fair 2. How can I be happy while others suffer 3. How can I not be happy while others suffer 4. Others will suffer whether or not I am happy 5. It is not the suffering of others that causes my happiness 6. It is not the not-suffering of others that causes my unhappiness 8.
I have been attracted to the idea that naming is a form of violence but does that mean we should go around calling everyone Hey You which seems like another sort of violence even though it is a way of recognizing the other as other
What can be said on this point? - Anna Moschovakis You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake
friends. Starting next week on Monday nights at 7:30 I will begin
teaching meditation for Ra Yoga in Costa Mesa. If you have been thinking
about dipping your toes into a meditation practice, want to re-start a
practice or would like to sit with others on a regular basis please join
us. Contact myself or the studio for details. Thanks!
Indeterminacy means, literally: not fixed, not settled, uncertain,
indefinite. It means that you don’t know where you are. How can it be
otherwise, say the Buddhist teachings, since you have no fixed or
inherent identity and are ceaselessly in process?
…Life is filled with uncertainty. Chance events happen to us all. Each
of us must take responsibility and make decisions. None of us should be
imposing our ego image on others.
…there’s another way to live. Accept indeterminacy as a principle, and
you see your life in a new light, as a series of seemingly unrelated
jewel-like stories within a dazzling setting of change and
transformation. Recognize that you don’t know where you stand, and you
will begin to watch where you put your feet. That’s when the path
Heaven and Earth give themselves. Air, water, plants, animals, and
humans give themselves to each other. It is in this
giving-themselves-to-each-other that we actually live. Whether you
appreciate it or not, it is true.
Roshi [his Zen Buddhist teacher] said something nice to me one time. He said that the older you get, the lonelier you become, and the deeper the love you need. Which means that this hero that you’re trying to maintain as the central figure in the drama of your life— this hero is not enjoying the life of a hero. You’re exerting a tremendous maintenance to keep this heroic stance available to you, and the hero is suffering defeat after defeat. And they’re not heroic defeats; they’re ignoble defeats. Finally, one day you say, ‘Let him die— I can’t invest any more in this heroic position.’ From there, you just live your life as if it’s real— as if you have to make decisions even though you have absolutely no guarantee of any of the consequences of your decisions. -Leonard Cohen
"At Ryoan-ji in Kyoto there is a famous rock garden; wherever in it a person stands, one of the fifteen rocks cannot be seen. The garden reminds that always something unknowable is present, just beyond what can be perceived or comprehended - and that something is as much part of the real as any other stone amid the raked gravel." - Jane Hirshfield
Friday I escaped to the Five Mountain Zen Order's winter retreat. It was exactly what was needed, and It was great to connect with my Dharma family. If you're interested in exploring a meditation practice, the HB Meditation/Ocean Eyes Zen sitting group will be meeting on Feb 12th at 5:30. Conact me for details. Here's a few photos from the weekend, we're actually a pretty casual Zen crew, but we do robe up every once and a while. Enjoy!
Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world? Because, properly attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.
Can one be passionate about the just, the ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit to no labor in its cause? I don't think so.
All summations have a beginning, all effect has a story, all kindness begins with the sown seed. Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of light is the crossroads of - indolence, or action.
Be ignited, or be gone. - Mary Oliver
I'm going away this weekend to sit with the Five Mountain crew. But will be back next week ready to reconvene the Sunday night sitting group, aka HB Meditation/Ocean Eyes Zen. If you haven't been we meet at 5:30 at my place and anybody interested in exploring meditation, with a little bit of Zen thrown in for good measure, is welcome. Beginners especially welcome. Contact me for directions. I hope to see you on Sunday Feb. 12th!
If something appears that we cannot explain, that is O.K. Our Zen practice leads us back to become comfortable living inside of questions and not constantly seeking answers. - Rev. Paul Yuanzhi Lynch (my teacher)