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August 13, 2023
Obon: Japan’s Buddhist Festival of the Dead

Within the Japanese Buddhist community, this week marks a special Zen Buddhist celebration across Japan called Obon.

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April 12, 2023
Can Peace and Suffering Coexist?

Have you experienced times of deep hardship and suffering? It's in those moments that peace can often feel elusive, leaving us asking: can peace and suffering coexist?

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March 29, 2023
The Importance of Retreating

Like most of us, you probably find yourself scrambling to catch up to your life. It doesn’t matter if it’s with your job, the kids and all of their activities or even the laundry. There never seems to be enough time in any given day to feel somewhat accomplished. And then I realized the importance of […]

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March 21, 2023
Let Go of Control

Where in your life are you holding on for dear life thinking that if you let go, somehow things will either fall apart or that you will never obtain whatever it is you are searching for? 

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January 31, 2023
The Importance of Setting Intentions

Some of us mistake setting intentions with goal-setting. There’s no time like the new year where that becomes more glaringly apparent.  As we move further into the year, we may have noticed that those things we wanted to change about ourselves or our habits this year haven’t yet begun to materialize.  Why is that? Goals […]

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January 18, 2023
Mindfulness Practice

Here’s a great practice to incorporate to bring mindfulness into your daily life. Essentially, it’s “meditation in action.” I like to say that when we meditate on the cushion each day, it’s more of our “formal practice” but that the rubber hits the proverbial road when we are out in the world practicing mindfulness and […]

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January 3, 2023
Love and Compassion

How can we access love, compassion and wisdom? I always tell my practitioners and clients that the entry into this is already within us. But what about when we aren’t feeling particularly compassionate, wise, or loving? How can we go about accessing these parts of ourselves that seem distant and somehow “out there” and unattainable? […]

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December 27, 2022
The Path Out Of Suffering

Part 4 of 4 If you’ve been following this series over the past three weeks, we’ve been taking a very rudimentary look into the first three of the most basic and most fundamental of all Buddhist teachings: the Four Noble Truths. This fourth post brings us to Buddha’s prescription for how we embark on the […]

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December 22, 2022
Cease the Suffering

Part 3 of 4 In this third part of the Four Noble Truths, we’ll explore the truth of how to cease suffering. It’s in this third Noble Truth that we can find hope! You might remember from the First and Second Noble Truths that we begin to understand that life involves suffering. It’s only then […]

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December 14, 2022
Suffering Only Occurs in the Present Moment

Part 2 of 4 Last week, we discussed the very foundation of Buddhist teachings, the Four Noble Truths (see Part One of this series to get caught up!). We explored the reality that life includes “suffering.” It’s simply part of what it means to be human. In essence, our suffering can only be caused by […]

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December 7, 2022
It’s Your Soul That’s Hungry

Part 1 of 4 It's your soul that's hungry, not your body. Many of us are curious as to what Buddhism is all about. In my view, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a way of life.  In this four-part blog series, we'll explore the foundation of Buddhist teaching, the Four Noble Truths. Over […]

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December 1, 2022
The Gift of Presence

One of the greatest gifts we could ever give to our family, friends, co-workers, and even our pets is the gift of presence.  What does that mean? The gift of presence? You know the typical scenario we can find ourselves in: emails galore, text messages that need to be returned, kids, work, and family obligations […]

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November 7, 2022
Noticing What’s Right

How many times when we’re feeling a bit “off” does someone ask, “What’s wrong?”. What about instead we ask “What’s good?” and working on noticing what's right? Is it possible for us to begin to notice the actual experiences we're having instead of our thoughts about the experiences? Notice the experience, not our thoughts about […]

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November 2, 2022
What Does It Mean To "Be Present"

You don’t need me to tell you that what is going on around many parts of the world is destructive, chaotic, unkind, and even sinister. All we need to do is turn on the news for five minutes to feel the weight of despair. Disease, war, oppression, discrimination, climate change, violence, intolerance, and unrest. What does […]

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October 27, 2022
Take Your Ego Mind Out of the Equation

Are you feeling stuck, unmotivated and uninspired? Take your ego mind out of the equation! In Buddhism, all of the physical and emotional obstacles can be very powerful teachers.  If we allow ourselves to get caught up in the daily minutiae and stressors in our daily lives, it can almost be impossible for us to […]

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October 18, 2022
Learning How to Stay is a Practice

For a lot of us, we may not be skilled at entering new or unfamiliar social situations or environments. Someone might invite us to a gathering and even though we say we’d like to get out and meet new people or try new things, we simply can’t seem to bring ourselves to break out of […]

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October 13, 2022
How Do You Stay in the Present Moment?

Are you feeling fragmented? Scattered? Sluggish? Are you able to stay in the present moment? I can feel the seasons changing. I sense the onset of a slower, more sluggish time of year descending as the weather changes to fall.  But for some of us, this sense of sluggishness and feeling scattered isn’t merely seasonal. Instead, […]

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September 27, 2022
The Art of Mandala

We are excited to welcome honored Tibetan Buddhist monk the Venerable Zawa Tulku Rinpoche back to Satsang House! In addition to teaching and performing empowerment ceremonies, Rinpoche is also a master of the construction of sand mandalas and ritual arts. Rinpoche will be hand-designing and bringing to life a special mandala during his stay. For […]

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August 30, 2022
What is a Third Eye?

There are seven energy centers or chakras in our body where nerve points meet. The third eye chakra, or ajna chakra in Sanskrit, is known as “the seat of intuition.” Translated from Sanskrit, ajna means to “perceive beyond wisdom.” Located in the center of the forehead in the pineal gland, it acts as your center […]

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August 24, 2022
The Union of Body, Mind and Spirit

Oftentimes, people come to learn how to meditate because their lives have been overtaken by stress, they can’t focus, they can’t sleep, they feel anxious or depressed. These are wonderful reasons to begin a meditation practice. But meditation is much more than a good feeling. It is the union of body, mind, and spirit. Most […]

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