Self-Compassion’s Core Questions

The quintessential question of Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is, “What do I need right now?”  That is, mindfully checking in with yourself, and if stress or struggle are present, showing up for yourself as you would a friend – maybe offering some so... Read more

Steadiness Amidst the Waves

  Tomorrow morning, I’m offering teachings on “Steadiness Amidst The Waves.” How does what I notice or miss in any moment affect the steadiness of my heart? As I drive, I see a man at the approaching intersection selling flowers, his weatherbea... Read more


  A brilliant Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher was famous for pointing to an image of a bird flying in a clear blue sky and asking, “What do you see?”. The answer would usually be, “A bird”. The teacher would then point to the sky and ask, “W... Read more

Too Busy Is A Lie

[caption id=attachment_60812 align=aligncenter width=900] Photo Credit: Trudy Goodman[/caption]   Today I was interviewed by Vince Horn*. Vince is starting an oral history project called, “My Beloved Teachers,” a loving way to capture teachings... Read more

Freedom on a Windowsill

[caption id=attachment_60686 align=aligncenter width=700] “Even in detention I could find joyful moments.” – Ai Weiwei[/caption]   Ahhhh...holidays! Just hearing that word has such nostalgic power. I dream of freedom from routines, time to medi... Read more

Let Your Love Light Shine

[caption id=attachment_59052 align=aligncenter width=900] Photo Credit: Trudy Goodman[/caption] When I sat down to write to you this week, I asked myself, “What do Juneteenth, Father’s Day the summer solstice and Pride month have to do with one ano... Read more

One Life Ends, Another Life Continues

[caption id=attachment_58037 align=aligncenter width=276] Beverly Berg Wry 1956 - 2021[/caption] On Sunday, during the closing talk of the retreat I was teaching with Anam Thubten and Norman Fischer, my dear friend Beverly Berg Wry passed away. A ... Read more

Vesak, Full Moon in May

The upcoming full moon in May is Vesak, a special Buddhist  holiday observed around the world, inspired by the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, peace and goodwill. Vesak honors his birth, enlightenment and death, all together. Vesak is joyful, celebr... Read more

Love & Rest

[caption id=attachment_55355 align=aligncenter width=640] Reclining Buddha Wat Put Thai Sa Wan Temple,Ayuttaya Thailand[/caption]   When overwhelm and exhaustion are present, it is challenging to discover new and creative ways of responding to ... Read more