The Great Bliss Festival and Benefit with Lama Sumati Marut

The Great Bliss Festival and Benefit with Lama Sumati MarutJoin us for the 2nd Annual Great Bliss Festival and Benefit at the Mahasukha Center. Nov. 3-5Living the Perfect Life Here &Tues. and Wed. Nov. 3 and 4 from 7:30-9:30p...more

She is green, compassionate, and a goddess.

Tara is the Goddess of Compassion in Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism. Tara was quite a surprise to me. I had not expected to find a such a feminist among the early goddesses. Tara appeared in Buddhist writings after she had also been a part of Hinduism, after about the year 500. ...more

What a super comment! Thanks for the added information and the lovelty image of Tara. ~~ ...more

Let's change the world this week -- in our spare time.

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. --Thich Nhat Hanh This quote by the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, really touched me. I found myself coming back to it over and again this week. ...more

Your phrase "mindful that we are all connected" really says it. It is impossible to be less ...more

Lama Christie McNally - The Tibetan Book of Meditation

BOOK SIGNING & SPECIAL TEACHING - OCT 2-3, 7:30-9:30 PM                           Meet renowned spiritual teacher and author Lama Christie McNally as she returns to Los Angeles to introduce her newest book, The Tibetan Book of Meditation, and shares two days of rare and beautiful teachings on how these profound practices can transform the mind and open the  heart. ...more

A Different Kind of Send-Off

Yesterday I attended the funeral of an elegant Japanese lady at a Shinto Shrine here in Washington state.  I was going to pay my respects to the lovely lady,but I was also very interested in witnessing a funeral service that was not of a Western religion.  ...more

Even the prospect of being threatened is usually enough to get me moving :-)more

But I Don't Want to Raise a Perfect Son. I Want to Raise My Son!

It starts the instant you see two pink lines, or a plus sign, or however you learn you’re carrying the Hope of the Free World; and I haven’t yet figured out when it stops. It has always been around in some form or another, but now its institutionalized,big business. It doesn’t just come from your Mama or her Aunt Garnette, it now comes in the form of “expert advice” from doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and God help, me, the old lady who smells like lilacs and Bengay sitting next to you on the airplane. ...more

Cracked Open - Part 3

Having a couple days off in Banff. Have been reading blogs all morning - oh, my sisters, my heart is always with you! ...more

A wander along the paths being made by women Buddhist bloggers

I decided to take a stroll down the blog paths of Buddhist women today, just to enjoy some of the fine spiritual writing and insights to be found there. I encourage you to take this journey with me. It is helpful to see through the eyes and hearts of others who believe differently. There is value to be found in understanding. If you are Buddhist and/or you know of other women Buddhist bloggers of note, please add them in comments to this entry. ...more

For me someone's spirit defines or determines who they are...but I see what you mean regarding ...more

Mindfulness and the Psychologist

Those of you who know me know I try to practice and encourage Mindfulness, the exercise of allowing ourselves to fully be in the moment. A Thich Nhat Hanh book for the novice lead me to the joy of embracing those everyday tasks that make up so much of life, like cooking dinner or washing the dishes. ...more


I think the reason so many IF bloggers write about their past so much, how they grew up and their old dreams because it's a way of making sense out of their expectations for the future. Where am I going now? That's what we all want to know. ...more