Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

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Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

How to Escape a Lazy Society, shared by Koi Fresco

I’d be frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.

-Denzel Washington-

Do you feel surrounded by lazy people? Do you feel unmotivated and lazy but cannot overcome it? Today’s video, shared by Koi Fresco is an inquiry into the state of laziness. Keep reading and let’s learn how to be a bit more motivated!

Koi has also released his first book! Check it out here: A (Not So) Enlightened Youth: My Uneasy Road to Awareness: A Guide to Finding Yourself from Within

Koi argues our attraction to a lazy lifestyle here in the West is due to a couple simple factors. First, the mix of technology and culture allows us to expect instantaneous results, rather than commitment to long-term projects and mastery. Second, he quotes the late Terence McKenna, arguing that we have lost sight of the possibilities we have as humans; therefore limiting our minds to repeating the same unfulfilling actions. Koi gives great examples of these two limiting factors at work.

Koi Fresco is an author, YouTube creator and Etsy craftsman. Koi began his channel in 2014 after recovering from addiction and spending a year in jail. Koi has just released a new book, titled A (Not So) Enlightened Youth,  documenting how the decisions in his youth shaped his life. Having been brought down from an egotistical youth to a teacher suits Koi well. His channel is inspiring and positive, exploring areas from Buddhism to Body Language.

Please check out this well done video and connect with Koi via his Channel, Twitter or Instrgram.

Have a great day!

Jack Kornfield on “Inner Strength and Kindness: Practices for a Wise Life”

“The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.”

Jack Kornfield

How do we let each moment die without attachment to it? Can seeing each moment anew minimize the suffering our minds create for us? Why are these seemingly simple exercises so challenging? This Weekend’s Wisdom shared by Jack Kornfield at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center holds a few tips from people who have lived each moment without expectations.

Jack teaches us the ancient tradition of letting go and allowing each moment to unfold into the next. He concedes that through letting go of our beliefs for a moment, we begin to see people and experiences “anew”; with respect and dignity for what or who they are. Jack Kornfield is an author, teacher and Buddhist Practitioner. Check out my 3 favorite books by Jack:

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path

Meditation for Beginners

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Jack began his journey in the 1960’s when he joined the Peace Corps and began to study in Asia under Venerable Ajahn Chah. After understanding the power of the mind and our ability to shape it, Jack came back to the U.S. and co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts as well as Spirit Rock in Woodacre, California.

Jack has a gentle tone and often uses humorous anecdotes to move us to action. Jack’s work can be found all over the web, my favorite places are the Spirit Rock YouTube channel and Jack’s personal YouTube channel. Both of those hold countless hours of awesome talks worth a look. As a person who is often under self-inflicted pressure to succeed while remaining content, I find Jack’s work very relatable and balanced.

Many thanks to you Jack, may you be happy and wise for many more years to come.

Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

I’m Suffering Too! shared by Tara Brach

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

-Bob Marley-

Why can we easily sympathize with others but remain closed when our own suffering comes to the surface? Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that our sorrows and joys are one, therefore we can open our awareness to both with equal effort.

Today’s Daily Dose shared by Author and Spiritual Teacher Tara Brach is part story and part poetry. Tara tells us of an experience she had teaching meditation in a prison setting. Tara shared Thich Nhat Hanh’s poem titled, Please Call Me by My True Name, which resonated with one of the most closed and hardened inmates. The awareness of suffering encouraged in the poem assisted the inmate to recognize the root of her hardened heart. Please spend a few moments with Tara’s story and Thich Nhat Hanh’s wonderful poem. You may emerge with a deeper awareness of your own humanity.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist. He lives in Plum Village, a meditation center which he founded in Southern France in 1982. Thich Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Every year Plum Village hosts a summer retreat, which has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Learn more about his dedicated work and wonderful Buddhists writings here.

Enjoy the great work of Tara Brach and Thich Nhat Hanh today.

And remember, Stay Wise.