Submitted by alistairappleton on Sat, 18/05/2013 - 11:23am.
Mindsprings is not a specifically Buddhist organisation but I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the paramount debt we have to the Buddhist tradition in our work. Mindfulness, in its modern manifestation, is a direct descendent of the practice carried out by the Buddha 2556 years ago.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Mon, 21/01/2013 - 11:08am.
The Buddha met a woman whose life was made miserable by her compulsive miserliness.
He gave her a carrot and taught her to give it from her left hand to her right and back again.
In this way she became familiar with generosity.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Mon, 14/01/2013 - 9:05am.
A keen monks asks the master:
"How long will it take me to get enlightened?"
"Oh, ten years", says the Master.
"But what if I study twice as hard, meditate twice as long? How long then?"asks the student.
"Twenty years", answers the Master.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Thu, 27/12/2012 - 1:30pm.
In the current climate of wrong-headed intolerance and muddled debate over gay marriage, I'm really excited to be launching a course in 2013 aimed at LGBT men and women who might benefit from bringing a mindful perspective to the muddy waters of gay mental health.
Submitted by alistairappleton on Sat, 24/11/2012 - 9:40pm.
i was sitting on the edge of the garden, watching the clouds darken then lighten then darken
and across the sky i saw words spelling out anxiety
the soil become foreign. distant below my feet
i drifted away from the smell of the approaching rain and rotting leaves