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Make Jizo Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day. A day for heart-shaped boxes, long-stemmed roses, and cute quips contained within colorful Hallmark cards. Every February 14th, we flock to florists and chocolatiers like ducks to water in order to engage in what has become the almost ritualistic practice of honoring an individual (or individuals) we romantically admire. But what do really [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Education, Holidays, News|0 Comments

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

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

Jizo and Trauma Recovery for Chibi

It is uncanny how many people I meet who had early childhood trauma.  It's not just patients in my office, it's people I meet in casual conversation. I mention Jizo & Chibi, and the moment I start telling them about Chibi — the inner child, the infant self — they open up and tell me how their mother became ill when they were 6 weeks old, how they were separated from mom due to jaundice or other health issues, how they were premature and lived life in an incubator and struggle with attaching to people. I am not saying everyone who had early separation is suffering as a result of it.  I don't think we are all living on a level playing field.  Some of us are more sensitive to life's challenges, more fragile.  [...]
By |October 28th, 2013|Inner Child, Psychology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Being Jizo’s Mother

I had a remarkable exchange recently with a Canadian woman who bid on one of my Noble Jizo's during Shambhala Sun's auction, Bidding for Good.  It made me wonder what each of us is giving birth to at the present moment... and what may be gestating within us that would like to be born. [...]
By |December 21st, 2012|All|1 Comment

Teaching Children Walking Meditation

Teaching children to meditate is easier than teaching adults.  Children like consistency.  We are the ones who usually introduce inconsistency to them at a very early age.  Nobody is perfect, right? Rather than sitting and breathing in a circle, start the meditation process with a child by walking back and forth through a hallway or on a sidewalk.  Ask the child to close his or her eyes and stand still, to feel the ground beneath her feet.  You feel the ground beneath your feet while you do this.  Feel the air on your face.  Hear the sounds around you.  [...]
By |October 23rd, 2012|All, Meditation|1 Comment
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