Community is the Heart of Mindfulness

In his teachings, the Buddha emphasized what are called the Three Gems of the Eight-Fold Path, the path to enlightenment. Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has said that of the three, Sangha, which can be translated as the “community of practitioners”, is the most important in the Western world right now. Why do the Buddha … Continue reading

Working with Boredom in Meditation

One of the first things we encounter in meditation practice is boredom. It’s an uncomfortable feeling that can lead to doubt about ourselves and/or the practice. Even experienced practitioners often face the problem on long retreats or after years of dedicated practice, reaching a point where they wonder, among other things, am I wasting my … Continue reading