Jizo Bodhisattva has many names. The original was Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha. It’s translation to English is roughly Earth Womb or Earth Treasury. As the Bodhisattva who promised Buddha he would remain on the earth until everyone was finished suffering, his role is like that of Mother Earth. The earth holds each plant, each seedling and each [...]
I don’t like noise. That is putting it mildly. So is saying I’m sensitive to noise. I’ve been this way my entire life. So I went looking for a solution. In my meditation, I am encouraged to welcome my anger toward noise, note it and breathe it out. That hasn’t helped. I’ve tried it hundreds [...]
Practicing meditation with Jizo has allowed me to listen to nature and practice lovingkindness with an earthworm
We wait to be perfect. In meditation, we can see that there is no place to get to where everything will be better or different. So, we wake up and live now.
Jizo Therapy is in its infancy: an eclectic set of theories I have strung together since 1988 when I started graduate studies to become a psychotherapist. The therapeutic qualities of Buddhism were only spoken of by Thich Nhat Hanh and a few others. The brain-imaging of Tibetan monks was decades away and weekend workshops with [...]
It’s easy to get inside your head and stay there. But so much anxiety and depression is governed by our thoughts. This is the paradox of living in a fast-moving world. We need to slow down to break out of the cycle of anxiety and depression. […]
In this meditation, you will learn to practice circum-respiration, breathing in a circle. While this may be just a breathing practice, it is enhanced immeasurably if you focus your heart on Jizo Bodhisattva, the Buddhist protector, holding a safe place within you for Chibi, the little one; your inner child. […]
While it seems that barbecues, picnics and traffic are what Memorial Day has become, it is a opportunity for grieving. Jizo Bodhisattva is known for his compassion and wish for all suffering to end. […]