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.
One of my favorite podcasts on the subjects of Zen, Buddhism, or Meditation is The Zen Studies Podcast. Here’s my review.
It’s hard enough meditating without beating ourselves up for not doing it good enough!