A New Home

Even after decades of teaching about the dead-end of hatred, I confess: I hate moving. Even when Im moving to a more spacious and suitable situation, there is a hazy aura of loss, a premature nostalgia for the place Im choosing to leave. Our Los ... Read more

A Note From Spring Washman: A Fierce Heart

AN EXCERPT FROM SPRING WASHAMS NEW BOOK, A FIERCE HEART: In Buddhist tradition, humanity is sometimes described as being lost in a vast ocean. I always imagine all seven billion of us, dog paddling and flailing around desperately, looking for sec... Read more

We depend on mutual caring

Dear Friends, Ram Dass, speaking from his wheelchair, said: Its easier to go around the world to help cure blindness and build hospitals than to need someone to pick me up and put me to bed. Even when were able-bodied, we know what he means. Its ... Read more

It’s Not Too Late

This year is coming to an end. We celebrate having made it through 2017, thanks to our practice of mindfulness, the loving awareness that helps smooth out the lumps and bumps of life. We celebrate a blank slate of fresh possibilities and new ways to... Read more

Year End Giving

Dear friends, This year marks InsightLA’s 15th Anniversary and we have much to celebrate. Thanks to your loyal support, InsightLA has taught thousands of people skills that bring compassion and joy to the forefront of life. Over the past year, am... Read more

Courage, Strength, Bone

The Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn, my first teacher, spoke to us about the importance of having what he called “bone”. We intuitively understood what he meant: the inner strength that comes from having the courage to be fully present with experience ... Read more

Trusting Teachers

When I was 26, I fell in love with Buddhist psychology and meditation teachings. I needed a “safe and reliable refuge”. At first, I looked up in awe at my Asian teachers. I was perplexed by life and searching for answers outside of myself. I hoped t... Read more