First New England Regional FAC Meditation Teacher Retreat

First New England Regional FAC Meditation Teacher Retreat

Six of us spent the weekend of April 26-28 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine. We explored practice in relation to the insights of Internal Family Systems that were presented by Lama John and Richard Schwartz, IFS founder, at the end of March. Our accommodations were perfect for our small group; a comfortable meeting space with wicker…

Meditations of Innate Love & Wisdom

Meditations of Innate Love & Wisdom

Love here is the power to commune with persons in the goodness of their being, while wishing them deeply well. Your benefactors are those who have quietly extended such love to you, often in little moments long forgotten. A benefactor moment is a moment you can recall when someone was with you in a simple loving way, taking joy in you, in a moment of play, laughter, care, deep listening to you, or quiet caring presence.

Meditations of Sustainable Compassion and Wisdom

Meditations of Sustainable Compassion and Wisdom

Practice the meditations of “Innate Love and Wisdom” for some months before taking up these meditations regularly. Recall the meaning of love – loving care senses beings in their unconditional worth and wishes them deeply well. Recall the meaning of compassion – the power of loving care for persons that empathizes with them in their sufferings and wishes them deeply free from the suffering so they can be deeply well.

Meditation of Offering Practice

Meditation of Offering Practice

This meditation, adapted from the mandala offering ritual of Tibetan Buddhism, provides a profound way to communicate with your Buddha nature. Imaging your Buddha nature before you as the Buddha provides a symbolic way to offer yourself completely to your deepest nature and become more receptive to its qualities—all-pervasive love, compassion, openness and wisdom.

Accessing Our Best Inner Resources for Social Service & Action

Accessing Our Best Inner Resources for Social Service & Action

Content: The meditation training in these retreats and workshops is for all who serve others, whether professionally or in home or community—such as teachers, parents, counselors, social workers, therapists, pastors, health-care providers, hospice workers, community organizers, and volunteers. In these workshops, participants are guided into powerful meditations of compassionate connection and wisdom that have been adapted from the natural ease tradition of Tibet in newly accessible ways for people of all backgrounds and faiths.

How Contemporary Buddhist Practice Meets the Secular World in Its Search for a Deeper Grounding for Service and Social Action

How Contemporary Buddhist Practice Meets the Secular World in Its Search for a Deeper Grounding for Service and Social Action

Many people today who are deeply concerned about the world’s suffering inhabit a secularized worldview in which it is assumed that religious understandings of salvation or spiritual liberation are irrelevant to the material needs and ways of thinking prevalent in our time.

Family Life As Practice

Family Life As Practice

Family can act as a charged arena within which all such ordinary thoughts and feelings, clinging and suffering can arise. And the family is an intimate matrix for the exchange of self and other, the heart of training. Shantideva, the eighth century father of this practice, wrote: “All the joy in the world comes from the wish for others’ happiness… Whoever wants to protect self and others should practice the great mystery: Exchanging self for others.”

Parenting as Path

Parenting as Path

Jonathan (nine years old) reads to us from his favorite comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. First panel: Young Calvin’s teacher gives him a math problem. Next panel: Calvin stares at the problem, dumbfounded. Final panel: Calvin, dressed in private eye’s hat, looking tough, declares: “It was another baffling case. But then, you don’t hire a private eye for the easy ones.”

Tsoknyi Rinpoche in conversation with John Makransky at Wellesly College

Tsoknyi Rinpoche in conversation with John Makransky at Wellesly College

This event was held on the evening of April 9th at Wellesley College, a distinguished womens’ university located about 20 minutes from Boston, through the auspices of the campus’ “Art and Soul” program that serves the greater Boston community with noted speakers and events connected to the arts. It was co-sponsored by the Foundation for Active Compassion in Boston. Rinpoche…