Beginner’s Tip of the Week: Watch Your Sexuality

As you may have noticed, I’m covering the Five Precepts. This week I offer you the practice of the third precept: being careful with your sexuality. This precept is taken differently in different communities. For monks and nuns, this means practicing a celibate lifestyle. For many of us in the outside world, this may mean something different. I can’t tell … Read More

Beginner’s Tip of the Week: Dealing with Monkey Mind

One of the most common questions I receive is about dealing with the thinking mind. When we sit down to meditate, the mind continues its normal thinking. Concentration may be difficult, as the mind continually wanders. Often referred to as “monkey mind,” this is an experience which many meditators have. Some people allow it to prevent them from meditating, believing … Read More

Just Observe

When we sit in mindfulness or insight meditation, we are to just observe what is present. We often find ourselves interfering. We dive deeply into investigation, try to solve problems, or seek to figure something out. When you notice yourself doing this, just watch it happen. Is it a craving? Aversion? How does it feel in the body? When we … Read More

Find a Community

Community, or sangha, is very important in Buddhism. As one of the Three Refuges, community is one of the things we turn toward to seek liberation, one of the things we take refuge in. Sitting with a community can be extremely helpful. We’re encouraged by others, learn from shared experience, and can build healthy friendships. Take the time to see … Read More

Time and Place

This week’s tip was inspired by the last line of last week’s tip, “Find a regular time, regular space, and give it a shot!” The importance of finding a place and time to sit regularly cannot be overstated. As we meditate repeatedly in the same location, the mind begins to know that as a place for meditation. When you go … Read More

Daily Practice

One of the greatest things you can do for your practice is sitting every day. It may sound like a tall order, but you can absolutely do it! In my experience, it’s preferable to sit every day for ten minutes than twice a week for thirty minutes. Build up a habit. Even if you can only handle five or ten … Read More