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February 21, 2024
Live A Life You're Proud Of

It’s only when we start to awaken the master within that we can step out of the nightmare we have been living in - that one that we scripted out of fear and a scarcity mind-set that keeps us focused only on “me and mine” in the here and now. 

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December 5, 2023
COMPASSION AND LOVING-KINDNESS

The best way to begin to develop loving-kindness and compassion is to develop an open heart.

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November 7, 2023
Content Over Packaging

If we meditate regularly and we do not take care to pull out the weeds on a regular basis that are rampant in the garden of our minds, the spiritual seeds we are attempting to plant won’t likely thrive. 

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October 31, 2023
Spiritual Rebel

Since we were very young, we’ve been taught to want to achieve fortune, fame, recognition and all of the material riches that might go along with it. But that path doesn't bring lasting fulfillment.

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October 25, 2023
Use Your Life as Your Practice

If meditation becomes something we think we have to DO, we are missing the point of meditation all together. Use your life as your practice.

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October 4, 2023
The Power of Now - A Reflection on My Time with Eckhart Tolle

I recently returned from a life-altering trip to Europe which included a week-long retreat with spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle. I’ve been a student of Eckhart Tolle’s for about a decade now and he, as well as Deepak Chopra, has been the primary reason I now teach meditation and marry my meditation teaching and guidance with […]

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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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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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July 7, 2022
How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply sit down on our little cushion to meditate? Instantly drop into the stillness, our internal chatter quieted, our bodies relaxed, not a care in the world? No doubt it would! But it doesn’t happen like that. But did you know that meditation changes your brain? It takes a bit […]

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June 7, 2022
The Endless Tug of War

One of the greatest benefits of meditation is it allows us to stop the insanity of our daily lives. Have you ever stopped to notice how we are caught up in an endless tug-of-war with the way things are?  Think about how easy it is to be driven out of the present moment by our own […]

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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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