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December 7, 2022
It’s Your Soul That’s Hungry (pt. 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 2,500 years ago, in […]

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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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August 10, 2022
The Smokey Mirror

Our preconditioned views often distort reality. I’ve been doing a little reading on some of the Shamanic and Toltec traditions recently and I came across a concept they refer to as “the Smokey Mirror.”  The Smokey Mirror refers to the filter we all have when we view reality. When we see the world through a […]

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August 4, 2022
Nature is a Restorative Drug

I thought I was pretty relaxed, chill, easy-going and relaxed on a normal day-to-day basis. That was until I returned this week from my first weeklong vacation since prior to the pandemic feeling completely drugged by nature's effects. Nature is a restorative drug. I spent six nights whitewater rafting down the Middle Fork of the […]

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March 28, 2022
Investigating Our Perception

If we walk around believing everything we think without question, particularly the not so pleasant self-doubting thoughts, it’s pretty hard to see any other viewpoint than our own. If we tell ourselves certain things about ourselves long enough, it may never even occur to us to question our own thinking.

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March 15, 2022
Meditation Is Unmanufactured Awareness

Meditation isn’t about trying to stop thinking. Instead it’s about noticing the thoughts as they arise and allowing them to be. To be able to have access again to our ground state of being which is already whole and complete, we must recognize how we’ve allowed ourselves to be hooked by the stories and conversations we tell ourselves in our own minds. Most times, we don’t even question the thoughts, perceptions, judgments or beliefs and instead believe our own thinking.

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March 8, 2022
Making Positive Changes

What if your happiness, joy, peace and fulfillment is just covered over by an old mindset of limiting beliefs and assumptions? Making positive changes starts with a shift in mindset. Once that takes place, the rest will follow.

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February 1, 2022
Awakening: Permanent or Fleeting? PART 2

he truth involves letting go of those long-held perceptions that keep us imprisoned in patterns of behavior and ways of being which prevent us from living a life of freedom, peace, and joy. Letting go of those beliefs involves looking at ourselves deeply. Understand that for any concrete and lasting change to occur, we have to be willing to change. Without this willingness, we may simply be seeking a change that doesn’t actually involve us!

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January 27, 2022
Awakening: Permanent or Fleeting? PART 1

Many people come to spiritual practice or learn meditation in an effort to induce positive emotional states or to at least minimize negative emotional states. But those feelings of happiness and joy are byproducts of awakening, not the actual awakening itself. The problem is, as long as we chase the byproducts of awakening, we might miss the real thing.

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January 11, 2022
Happiness is Not Out There

Many of us search for happiness though our achievements, successes, and relationships. But that’s not really where happiness comes from, is it? Genuine happiness comes from healthy states of mind and from your gracious heart. In short, happiness comes from within.

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December 15, 2021
Cultivating Compassion

As humankind is in need of more widespread and global empathy and altruism, we find ourselves desperately cultivating compassion. Learn more about the Dalai Lama and his role in raising awareness of the healing power of compassion.

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December 8, 2021
Striving and Seeking

Many people believe that an awakening will make us blissful, joyful and happy all the time, as if the state of awakening gives you these feelings permanently. But those feelings of happiness and joy are byproducts of awakening, not the actual awakening itself. Learn more about the striving and seeking we all do on our path to spiritual awakening.

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