Something that stymied me when I first started doing zazen was meditating with my eyes partially open. Here are some thoughts on why we do this and some things that have helped me.
Harold and Maude with turn 50 this year (2021) on December 20. The “flower scene” with Maude’s observation that she would, “like to change into a sunflower” most of all. is one of the best-loved scenes in Hal Ashby’s 1971 cult classic about a young man obsesses with death and an elderly woman who encourages him to L-I-V-E.
When starting metta — lovingkindness — meditation practice, it’s helpful to start with someone easy to practice on first. A puppy fits this requirement perfectly! Here’s a story about a perfect first metta practice subject and a look at the question of whether lovingkindness practice actually works.
The five lay precepts of Buddhism are given more or less emphasis depending on one’s tradition. But how strictly should they be followed? A few thoughts on the value of precepts.