Use Your Judgment

Have you heard the advice, "Do not judge others?" Did someone call you too judgmental or did you judge someone else as too judgmental? Is judging others a bad thing? Not really! A part of our mind’s job is to interpret and give meaning to what we observe and...

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Time for Home Retreat

The world is in the grip of a pandemic. Many parts of the world including India, where I live, is under lock down. Some of us are working from home. I realized that this is the best time to go into retreat at home. You may go for partial or full time retreat. Here are...

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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...

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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. "Nonsense," says the other. "There is...

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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...

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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...

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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…

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Coming Home

While attending a week long Zazen Sesshin at Bodhi Zendo, on the second night, I had this strange dream. I am in a boat that is moving at high speed. A ship appears on the left and it seems that it will cross our path ahead. To avoid a collision our boat turns left...

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