The Four Mantras

Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh gives four mantras to practice Mindful Love. “Darling, I’m here for you” When you love someone the best thing you can offer them is your presence. How can you love when you are not there? Look into the other’s eyes and say this mantra and be...

Life After Delivery

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replies, “Yes there has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later....

The Accuser

The Accuser is the inner voice that tells us that we have failed, that we are inadequate, that we have made the wrong choices, that we are unworthy, or that we are not attractive enough. Freud called this the superego. This voice is also called the inner critic. When...

Zen Practice

I have been practicing Zen for a year now. The only Zen Center in India, Bodhi Zendo, is located near Kodaikanal. I have been there a couple of times to attend Sesshins (an intensive Zazen retreat). Recently I spent ten days at the Zendo in October. The Master Bodhi...

Does Illusion Affect Reality?

Have you ever had a bad dream? When you dream, the mind perceives it as real. If you wake up in the middle of a scary or bad dream, you find that you are perspiring, your heart beat is faster and you are scared. Even though the dream is illusory the body and mind...