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Sangha is a key part of any meditation practice

In Tibetan Buddhist practice, the word “Sangha” refers to the community of people that surround and support you in your contemplative and spiritual journey. Why does it matter that you have a community? Why can’t you just meditate on your own? Yes, a person can get tremendous benefit from an individual practice. But coming together in community...

Why meditate?

Meditation helps our brains to develop the right “muscles” that allow us to pause before that habitual knee-jerk reaction. When you learn how to pause a bit, how to return to the present moment, and return to your truer self, you ultimately benefit yourself, your community, and everyone around you. You can bring peace—other people are not the...

What makes a meaningful life?

Each of us has a unique gift to bring the world, and we aren’t going to be satisfied if we can’t bring it forth. And what brings us the most satisfaction is not to offer just one gift– we probably all have a wonderful combination of gifts that we can bring. We want to bring those, and that’s the most satisfying thing. This is what makes a...

Understanding the Importance of Community

Creating authentic community can be incredibly challenging. Even though we can connect with people from around the world almost instantaneously, those relationships can be superficial and unfulfilling. Below we’ve gathered resources to help you cultivate healthy relationships. True connections. Creating genuine relationships in a world that is...

It’s a Process and a Privilege

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung We live in a fast-paced world where distractions abound and opportunities to overcommit are endless. Under the pressure to keep up and balance more, it can be easy to lose or never fully know yourself. Try setting aside some time to turn the lens inward and check on whether...

Summer Self-Care: 5 Ways to Fit It In

Once summer hits, it can almost feel like there is no stopping the gnawing feeling that you must take advantage of every moment of the sun, long days, and non-stop socializing while they are here. Making the most of these moments is important, but it should also include time to check in and take of yourself. Here are 5 ways you can fit self-care...

Finding the Leader Within

Each of us has a unique gift to bring the world, and we aren't going to be satisfied if we can't bring it forth. And what brings us the most satisfaction is not to offer just one gift-- we probably all have a wonderful combination of gifts that we can bring. We want to bring those, and that's the most satisfying thing. This is what makes a...

Meditation 101

Meditation is simple, it’s just paying attention and seeing what is. Through meditation, we begin to recognize how incessantly we make movies in the mind. It’s constant! Even while we’re sleeping, we’re dreaming. Let’s be honest, at this point if we can be present for one whole breath, we’re doing great. As we develop these new abilities, we...

Starting a Learning Circle

Here are a few ideas to help you find fellow adventurers, and to help you all begin and continue the exploration of meditation practice together. Of course, you can all use the Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? book as part of that exploration. You can read a bit during the week, then gather in someone’s living room to discuss that bit,...