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Buddhism 101: The Bodhisattva and Jizo

Bodhisattva. For the non-Buddhist, it is almost certainly a foreign term.  Maybe you recall the name of an old Steely Dan album, at best. Put simply, bodhisattva is “a Sanskrit term for anyone or anything motivated by great compassion.” It is a combination of two separate Sanskrit concepts: Bodhi—meaning awakening or enlightenment Sattva—meaning existence, reality [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Buddhism, Education, Inner Child, Meditation, Mindfulness, News|0 Comments

Destressing for the Holiday Season, Today

Hi all. As I therapist, I have heard my patients begin to worry about the holidays as early as, well, about the time the lights go up in Bloomingdale's, which is now in September. Even if you are not a worrier, there is a level of Shoulds, of stress, of pressure that our society places on Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Years that creeps up, quietly, when we begin thinking about whether or not to go home for the holidays, who is cooking, are we alone, were we alone last year — the little thoughts are endless. [...]
By |November 23rd, 2013|All, Holidays, Mindfulness, Shopping|0 Comments

Upon Enlightenment Every Human Becomes Wonderful

This was supposed to be a blog about Suzuki Roshi's quote about making mistake after mistake after mistake.  As often happens, wonderful mistakes occur when I search the Internet.  First, I found this -- a quote from Winston Churchill, "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." He was a Zen Master. And then I found a teisho, a Dharma talk, by Soen Nakagawa Roshi. [...]
By |April 30th, 2013|Buddhism, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meditation Using Jizo Therapy

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 dozens of speakers were unheard of. [...]
By |July 10th, 2011|All, Meditation, Therapy|0 Comments
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