Who’s the Boss? You or Your Ideas?

When we see no daylight between ourselves and our opinions and positions, we become dangerous to ourselves and others, to the fabric of our interdependent web of existence.

The Mel’s Mouth Cookie Meditation

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’d explain my cookie meditation. I’ve done it with children and adults. Adults like it best, but often I think children understand it better. I’ll give you a step-by-step guide, everything you need — except the cookie. Give everyone a cookie and ask them not to eat it yet. Have…

The Buddhist and the Hot Dog Vendor

We all know what the Buddhist said to the hot dog vendor: “Make me one with everything.” And most of us know what happened next. The Buddhist handed a $20 bill to the hot dog vendor, who pocketed it. “Where’s my change?” asked the Buddhist. The hot dog vendor replied: “Change comes from within.” That…

My Epiphany about Impermanence and Emptiness

You and I and everything else in our world are like this web page. We are made of tiny particles that dance and degrade and even hop out of us into the air and water and other things around us.