Angeles Arrien 1940 ~ 2014

Cultural anthropologist, author, educator, mischief maker and core faculty at Metta Institute ....Angeles often spoke of the four rivers in each of our experiences: Inspiration, Surprise, Challenge and Love. Good questions to ask at the close of[...]

Hands off Meditation

So enjoying today's small group calls with our Meditation & Inquiry sangha. We were exploring the value of a "hands off relationship" in meditation practice. When we relax our efforting we see that awareness knows through the immediacy of sensing,[...]


Writing to a friend this morning about ordinariness I said, "I am in awe not of our capacity to expand but of our ability to shrink the vastness of who we are into such a small[...]

Suzuki Roshi Cancer Diagnosis

December 4th was the anniversary of Suzuki Roshi's death. One of my favorite stories of great zen master centers on his diagnosis. At first it was thought that he had hepatitis. Concerned about contagion his food was prepared separately and he eat[...]

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Discovering What Death
Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.


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