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Jizo, Buddha and The Second Step

The integration of The Twelve Steps with Buddhism has become increasingly popular, as mindfulness continues to cross over from "spiritual philosophy" to practical, every day self-care. This morning, it dawned on me that the words Buddha spoke upon his awakening were very much like those of people in 12 Step programs who have taken the 2nd [...]

By |January 29th, 2016|Buddhism, Education|0 Comments

JizoTherapy for children: Overcoming tantrums with awareness

I listen to people.  Often, they tell me they are anxious, afraid of the unknown.  And many don't even know that they are anxious -- just "uncomfortable" and looking for ways to get out of the discomfort. Kids get anxious, too.  And when they do, they usually don't talk about it.  Instead, they rev up and hit a sibling, write on the wall with crayon, melt down when they cannot have candy at the store, crash and burn with "gimme" or sob like they are dying when you leave to run an errand.  They have feelings and they don't know what to DO with them. [...]
By |October 16th, 2012|All, Mindfulness|0 Comments

In Jizo’s safekeeping: Starting your day with meditation

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 old tree alike as they grow. [...]
By |October 2nd, 2012|All, Buddhism, Emotional Self, Meditation|0 Comments

Circum-Respiration Meditation: Breathing in a Circle

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. [...]
By |April 9th, 2011|All, Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness|0 Comments
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