Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.” -Mattieu Ricard When most of us think of happiness, we imagine fulfilling and pleasant experiences: being with a loved one, getting a promotion, or taking that spectacular vacation. But what if true and lasting happiness is bigger than theContinue reading

Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality. -Suzuki Roshi Sometimes we miss what is right in front of us, because we are looking for something better, bigger, prettier, happier. Suzuki Roshi’s beautiful statement is an invitation to mindfulness. We are asked not to seek perfection, butContinue reading

And as long as space endures, As long as there are beings to be found, May I continue likewise to remain To drive away the sorrows of the world. -Shantideva Pema Chodron often concludes her talks with this beautiful excerpt from Shantideva, the 8th century Buddhist monk. Pema Chodron also speaks frequently about seeing one’sContinue reading

Why, when we know that there’s no such thing as perfect, do most of us spend an incredible amount of time and energy trying to be everything to everyone? Is it that we really admire perfection? No – the truth is that we are actually drawn to people who are real and down-to-earth. We loveContinue reading