is a powerful technique for developing compassion and going beyond ego. Tonglen is a well-known method originating from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The name Tonglen means “giving and receiving” – it is a process of taking in suffering and replacing it with love. Tonglen is not the same as praying for another person. It is feeling another’s suffering and transforming it. [Read more…]
This [Read more…]is an instrument to change something we do every day into an act of consciousness. It is a way of increasing awareness and living in the present moment. There is no destination, as every step becomes the destination.
Year after year I would dread the approach of the holiday season. The stress and chaos that accompanies this time of year always overwhelmed me and I began to see as a materialistic, wasteful, over-indulgent event that I did not want to take part in. Although I always respected that many people see Christmas as a time for connecting with family, or for getting into the spirit of giving, I always felt that there was much more to Christmas than that. This year rather than spend another Christmas over-eating and over-purchasing, I sought to meditate on the original significance of this time of year. [Read more…]