Training the Mind Is Like Taming a Wild Animal

People come to practice at the monastery in order to attain peace. But for many, the result of the practice is often the opposite and rather disappointing, because all they experience are restlessness, discomfort and a drifting mind. If there is no understanding, we will get confused and despair, Wondering why we are there. Training … Read more »

The Five Mindfulness Trainings

I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from … …harming living beings. …taking things not freely given. …sexual misconduct. …false speech. …intoxicating drinks and drugs causing heedlessness. according to Thich Nhat Hanh First Training Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating compassion and learning ways to … Read more »

Stop Directing The River’s Flow

“Throw everything away, forget about it all! You are learning too much, remembering too much, trying too hard… Relax a little bit, give life a chance to flow its own way, unassisted by your mind and effort. Stop directing the river’s flow.” — Mooji “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by … Read more »

The Most Valuable Thing in the World

A student went to the Zen teacher Ts’ao-shan and asked, “What is the most valuable thing in the world?” Ts’ao-shan replied, “The head of a dead cat.” “Why is the head of a dead cat the most valuable thing in the world?” asked the student. “Because no one can name its price,” said Ts’ao-shan. How … Read more »