A Generosity of Presence: Guided Meditation

When we remember to empty out all the distraction, all the movement, all the roughness of life, nameless, formless, without identity – we touch the shore of truth as waves touch the shores of the ocean, reaching our true home in the fullness of…

What Will Heal Us

Discover the riches of the Noble Eightfold Path again and again. See into the depths of the mind by rightly remembering and using the Buddha’s guidance not only in formal meditation practice but in every waking hour of daily life. Begin, sustain, and deepen…

The Novice With An Empty Bowl

A humble novice with his bowl empty exemplifies where true riches lie in this world. Meditating deep in the unchartered borders within, gain those riches by giving up worldly pursuits. See the value of what is true and what reveals the truth to us….

We Are Stronger Than We Know: The Truth About Trauma

Practice wise attention, train in right view, and see things as they are. Touch the fires of trauma and rise from their ashes. Attend to ancient hurts with conscious full-hearted forgiveness. As we disown these old karmas, we augment the higher frequency and pure…

Opinions

Are you watching your breath or watching your opinions? It is not enough to just watch the breath; you must reflect closely on what is arising. Come to the truth of the way things are by identifying and letting go of your opinions. Reflect…

An Island Beyond Which We Cannot Go

The Buddha gives us lessons in emptiness. We are compelled to trust so completely to be able to truly receive these teachings, surrendering to the Dhamma, offering everything. We bless each step, harvesting wisdom with a brave heart. And in this remarkable learning, we…

Gatekeeper Mindfulness

When we clear the mind of obstacles, we gain a special skill in developing samadhi. Mindfulness is the gatekeeper enabling the burning away of the defilements. There in the clear, stilled, stabilized mind of unfabricated, primordial purity, the factors of awakening arise. No where…

Fictitious Noodles: The Fake News of Old Fears

What are we doing on this planet? How do we cope with feelings of fear? Can we observe wisely and penetrate through the fictions of the mind?  To abandon them, we must understand them. Ayyā Medhānandī coaches us to investigate emotions like fear and…

Holding the Lotus to the Rock

Sariputta said (SN 21.1): “There is nothing in the world with whose change there would arise in me sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair.” It is hard to remember the Buddha’s teachings when the mind is beset with fear and anxiety. But we can…

Noble Friendship, Noble Warming

As we come to understand the wisdom of this Path, death becomes the least frightening thing in this world. The more we purify from within, the more we abide with a clarity of mind that bestows the ultimate seeing, our cosmic ordination, our unburdening…