Archive for April 26th, 2012

See…. the universe is hard at work!

Self Blossoming

Are you happy? Is your heart joyful?

Ok. When will you be happy?

What will make you happy?

Achieving? Relationship? Control? Money? Others?

These are all the outward reflections. On the other hand happiness is an inward state.

When you reach the reason for happiness, when you achieve it, are you happy in the same way as you have anticipated?

What changes? Why that happiness is not joyful or fulfilling or lasting?

Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people.

Happiness is a choice not a condition.

Know it and make this choice right this moment.

Keep Smiling. Keep Spreading Smiles 🙂

Be Happy Always!

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Upaya's Zendo Green Tara

Here is a track from Lama Surya DasChants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart with Steven Halpren



I’ve been listening to this MP3 a lot this month.  Mostly listening to the Heart Sutra.

http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara — Click here for an explanation of the chant.

If you have a favorite chant that you use on the cushion, please leave a comment and share with us!

Much happiness and peace,


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Joan Halifax with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dala...

Joan Halifax with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, at the XIVth Mind and Life Institute conference, 2007, Dharamsala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jack Kornfield, Roshi Joan Halifax, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson

Jack Kornfield


I’d love to go back to Seattle but I cannot lie, the Vegas conference carries the biggest bang!

I think if you could make it to any of these conferences you would learn a tremendous amount from these giants in the fields of mindfulness, science, therapy, spirituality, and more…




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“At times like these, when someone’s suffering seems to have no end, when it is too much to bear, we can lose faith in our ability to make any difference at all.  But it is exactly at these times when faith is most needed.  How do we cultivate a faith that enables us to take positive action in the world against even overwhelming odds?  Where can we place our faith that enables us to work to make a difference — especially when it seems that no matter what we do, it’s not enough?”

~~Sharon Salzberg, Faith:  Trusting Our Deepest Experience.

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