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Why do we do seva or selfless service?

Most people get the reason why we meditate. They can understand it’s relevance to the spiritual path – going deeper into one’s own being.

Also, with the practice of Mantra repetition, once they understand how these spiritual sounds effect us, they can easily see how important Mantra repetition is to our spiritual sadhana or path.

But when it comes to seva - 

Happy Maha Shivaratri!

Today is Maha Shivaratri and the crescent moon that appears on this the 14th day after the New moon in February/ March every year is especially powerful to those who chant Mantras. The crescent moon is so identified with Shiva and so this morning I got up at 4:00 a.m. to shoot the waning moon.

Any Mantra you perform on Maha

Abundance is yours….

Some people come to the spiritual path through working with Sanskrit Mantras to change their relationship with and experience of Abundance. So for that reason, I love working with people that wish to transform this part of their lives, and to see the changes that can happen in their lives if they are willing to do some work.

Often when they see

Easy Does It….. Be Gentle with Your Self.

Our true nature is to be. Be human.

Simply. Free.

Our natural essence is that of oneness with all. One with Nature and all living beings. Somewhere, most of us lost that. It is in this lifetime we need to uncover that again. This is our calling. The only really important thing to do in this life.

How do we do that? How do we

Claiming Your Centeredness During the Holidays

The holidays are a crazy time of year for many. All the hustle and bustle of office parties and buying gifts, the dread or excitement of spending time with family members. We sometimes can get caught up in thinking, yet again, that our source of happiness lies outside of ourselves and so we get slack and lazy with our spiritual practice. Ah!

Daily Practice – The Unstoppable Power

I remember the first time I stood in awe looking at the majesty of the Grand Canyon. I was mesmerized by it’s beauty, the rich red rock and the stillness in the air. I marveled at the steep stone walls and saw way down below the Colorado River as it snaked it’s way through it’s cliffs.

As I was standing

Protection of your Meditation Space

Our space in which we live and meditate is very important to our spiritual path. It’s our nest in many ways – the safe place were we can be honest with ourselves and just let go and go deep.

Sometimes though spaces have their own ‘Karma’ – whether it be good or bad – and when we find that is

Opening the Heart through Compassion for Oneself

Compassion is one of the main teachings in Buddhism. Compassion for other beings and for oneself.

We can be so hard on ourselves which makes it difficult for our heart to open.

When we show ourselves compassion in the face of the startling clarity of self introspection, when we love all that stuff inside us that disappoints.

When we truly have patience

Dismantling the Debris

Our true nature is that of perfection. In Buddhism it is called Buddha Nature – the primordial bases for everything.

But as human beings most of us suffer from dualistic views of our experiences. Our ego twists and warps the energy of our life until it is a barely recognizable form of the reality of things.

Our job on the spiritual

Milarepa – The Singin Yogin

Just back from my travels in India. Had an extraordinary time. Was in Dharamsala for teachings by His Holiness the Karmapa, and in Mirik for teachings by Khenpo Rinpoche and His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Was very fortunate to get a Milarepa empowerment from His Eminence, which was one of the highlights of my trip in India. So I thought