Life at it's finest (my meditation blog)

Ying Yang bonsai with rock supports.


Ying Yang bonsai with rock supports.

Practice is my mantra, the progress will come as one goes on practicing. Practice, practice, practice alone makes the intelligence to be humble.
BKS Iyengar (via yogachocolatelove)
Meditation is not concentration. It is simple awareness. You simply relax and watch the breathing. In that watching, nothing is excluded. The car is humming — perfectly okay, accept it. The traffic is passing — that’s okay, part of life. The fellow passenger snoring by your side, accept it. Nothing is rejected. You are not to narrow down your consciousness.
Osho (via yogachocolatelove)
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.
Bill Bullard (via unconditionedconsciousness)
I’m strong because I’m weak.I’m beautiful because I know my flaws.I’m a lover because I’m a fighter.I’m fearless because I have been afraid.I’m wise because I have been foolish & I can laugh because I’ve known sadness.
Now may be a good time for you to find some good simple Buddhist reading material.  Give it a try! 

Now may be a good time for you to find some good simple Buddhist reading material.  Give it a try! 



This week Vessantara is giving daily talks on The Buddhist Centre Online for the Urban Retreat. His talks are all on metta (loving-kindness), which is also the focus of his book, The Heart. If you’d like to find out more about the book, here are some excerpts from our interview with

But why is it that we don’t just drop our clinging and the suffering that goes along with it? The harsh reality is that we prefer the familiar, no matter how much hurt we are hanging onto, when the only other option is letting go into the unknown. Rather than face the enormity of there being no substantial self, we quickly opt for distraction.

Take two minutes to listen to and reflect on Sensei’s new podcast, extracted from a talk given on Dec. 10, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan: All Suffering is Self-Created

The transcript is built in to the mp3 file in “Lyrics”. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. Or find the transcript at: