Interbeing…

In reading a number of books written by Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh (affectionately called Thay), I was introduced to the perspective of interbeing. This view is based upon the understanding we are inter-connected to all and everything and our existence is...

Judgemental mind…

One of my observations this week has been around judgemental minds. I noticed myself commenting or criticizing myself in my thoughts and words. I have observed that this habit can be particularly dominant during difficult times, which is when our personal demons seem...

Happiness is the way…

“There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way”. I was reminded of this quote while listening to a talk given by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in August 2013. All beings are looking to be happy regardless of their circumstances. I often hear people talk about how...

Rushing a moment…

How precious is a single moment? Sitting still in my morning meditation watching myself breath, I observed within myself the desire to be finished so I can move onto the next thing. It occurred to me how much we look for the next moment instead of being fully present....

Non-violence…

Today’s world is filled with a great deal of violence. One can’t turn on the news or read a newspaper without learning about violent acts being perpetrated around the world. Whether it is in conflicts between nations or violence within our own community, the news is...

Finding happiness…

While revisiting Pema Chodron’s book on Happiness, I was reminded that the key to finding happiness is in studying how we make ourselves suffer. If we are clear how we create suffering it is much easier to generate more happiness in our lives. Everyone wants to...