Brief Torah, Genesis 2

In many Jewish traditions, the annual cycle of reading the complete Torah (Old Testament) begins this week with the holiday of Simchat Torah, and the communal reading of the opening chapters of Genesis. This blog entry introduces the observation that the Torah teaches a spirituality of intentionality. In other words, the idea that our intentionsRead More

Not 1, Not 2, Not 3 (Part 3)

If you ask a non-Buddhist to say a few words about Buddhism, you may hear something about meditation, being a vegetarian, or The Dalai Lama. If you make the same request of a person in the West who has studied Buddhism, you may hear about different traditions within Buddhism, styles of meditation, or the FourRead More

Not 1, Not 2, Not 3 (Part 2)

The practice of the path taught by the Buddha can look very different in the various traditions around the world. In the Theravada tradition, religious texts and chanting are in the Pali language, and temples and rituals are fairly simple. If you walk into a temple in one of these countries, you will probably hearRead More

Not 1, Not 2, Not 3 (part 1)

We are told that the Buddha gave us 84,000 different types of teachings, to meet the needs of different types of students. We are also told that all of these ways point to the same true path, or dharma. Zen teachers often remind us that we should look carefully and deeply at things that appearRead More

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, structured instructional program that teaches a meditative practice that can be used for a wide range of life-problems. Click here to read the research that supports the effectiveness of MBSR; and here are some life-problems that can be helped through regular MBSR practice ~   You canRead More

How Long Will It Take?

How long does therapy last? For how many sessions should you plan to meet with a therapist? There is a fair amount of research that has been done. For this blog entry, I am citing research that is freely available on the U.S National Library of Medicine website. A research paper published in 2013, entitledRead More