LOVE

I stopped using the word when I started studying Buddhism. Not because anyone told me to explicitly, but because it seemed to belong to Christianity, my religion of birth (Jesus…

2017 July Reflections

by Linda Modaro Like awareness, a photograph can catch a moment in time, say a thousand words, and express a mixture of mood and feeling.  The view co-mingles with clarity, shadows, and…

Self Improvement

[rev_slider alias="home-4"][/rev_slider] welcome Experience Yoga at Our Vihara Ashram Studio We are happy to see newcomers at any of our yoga and meditation classes. Join the community to participate in…

Take Back Monkey Mind

I remember being in the jungle in Guatemala, looking up at the lush canopy of overgrowth and being mesmerized by spider monkeys swinging gracefully from branch to branch. I never…

2017 April – Dharma Query

Simple definitions of teachings in Buddhadharma: Dependent arising or Conditionality Within our experience, nothing arises in isolation; when this arises, so does that, with the arising of this, so that arises, refers…

Sitting with Strong Emotions

By Linda Modaro "Like trusted friends are a safe place to pour out your heart; meditation is, too." In life and in meditation intense emotions may elicit self-diagnoses.  As feelings amp up…

Secret Lists

By Linda Modaro Over the years, I have kept a secret list of what Buddhist meditation teachers do not do. They do not: sing country music and rock themselves during meditation…