Keep Death Close

This evening we began to bring death into the meditation hall and explored its clarifying power. I find that when I keep death close at hand….I say I love you more often. I take myself a little less seriously and learn to not hold to opinions[...]

Breath & Three Marks

This mornings meditation instruction begins with a careful loving attention to the breath. Breathing is a non-conceptual process, a present time process, like a symphony that can be experienced directly without a need for thought. A living process[...]


Sweet conversation with Ram Dass today exploring the many ways love shows up in the dying process. Love is the holding that enables us to trust and move beyond previous limitations. Love as the aspect of total receptivity that allows us to include[...]

Three Marks

Ran into my friend Lew the other day. He is a longtime Buddhist practitioner who sometimes teaches at the Metta Institute. He shared a short teaching with me which helped in a conversation I had with an injured friend. "Without the misfortune of[...]

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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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