I died. Then I went to Starbucks.

“He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”  ― Franz Kafka On Saturday, March 2, Kadam Morten Clausen, Resident Teacher at at Kadampa Meditation Center New York City taught a couple hundred people, including yours truly, how to die. Oh, yeah! Those Buddhists sure know how to have a good time! As if …

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I’m giving my new book away for free!

I am delighted to announce that my book, Faith without Labels: a Guide to Eclectic Spirituality, is now available as a Kindle ebook! Faith without Labels: a Guide to Eclectic Spirituality is a self-help book and workbook designed to introduce spiritual “Seekers” to eclectic spirituality, "A highly individualized spiritual belief system composed of selected elements …

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2017 Post-Mortem Review

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. -- Neil Gaiman Last year, instead of …

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Mudita — Joy for Others

He who dies with the most toys wins. -- Malcolm Forbes If you're one of my loyal readers, you have undoubtedly heard me refer to metta -- or lovingkindness -- many times. I generally think of metta in terms of the meditation practice, but the word itself refers to one of the four Brahma Viharas, the highest, most divine …

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“My” Meditation Teacher: Bart van Melik

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. -- Anonymous Several years ago, I attended a Chinese-speaking temple for several months with our dear neighbor Melissa. The abbess and congregants went out of their way to ensure that I always knew what was going on by providing a translator for me, and they couldn't …

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