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…

We are Only Our Thoughts

[rev_slider alias="home-1"][/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…

When Our World Breaks Apart…

When our world breaks apart, it is hard to remember what a privilege it is to be a human being with desire and motivation for understanding, reflection, and meditation practice. It is an advantage,…

What is Meditation?

Sitting with breathing with body aches with pillows, bright lights with wondering if you can really call this meditation, it feels like driving on the 405. Sitting and sleeping Sitting and ruminating Sitting and waiting not moving, not running, not doing…