17Aug. 2021

When You Can’t Forgive

In an earlier post on Practicing Forgiveness, I spoke about a heated argument I had with a close friend of mine while we were on a trip together.  Although four months had passed since the original incident, we had not discussed what happened and there was still a lot of tension between us. I wanted to talk with her and [...]

27Jul. 2021

Anger is Good Fuel

In my memoir, Finding Venerable Mother, I take a look at the roots of my anger.  I grew up thinking anger was a bad thing and stuffed it inside. Occasionally I would blow up, like a volcano spewing lava. This still happens to me—not nearly as often as it used to—but when it does, I always regret my outburst. Growing [...]

30Jun. 2021

Practicing Meditation

Meditation is a practice that requires patience. I start meditating first thing in the morning because my anxiety is strongest then. Meditation calms my mind and helps me be more present and attentive to what’s going on around me. Yesterday, however, I didn’t take the time to meditate. Big mistake! I spent the day running, literally and physically from one [...]

17Jun. 2021

Practicing Forgiveness

Practicing Forgiveness I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest struggles is forgiving someone near and dear to me, especially when they are angry with me. I had an opportunity to practice forgiveness when a good friend of mine got really angry with me. Her reaction surprised me and seemed to come out of nowhere. Initially I was [...]

2Jun. 2021

Moving Through Anger

Anger is my Achilles heel. In my memoir Finding Venerable Mother, I talked a lot about my struggle with letting go of anger. The first time I heard Venerable Dhammananda speak, she spoke of anger. “We cannot solve anything with anger. Anger doesn’t lead us anywhere. It is much harder to practice loving kindness and compassion. That is the goal [...]

24May. 2021

How Does Hope Happen?

In the kickoff episode of Casual Buddhism, I asked Venerable Dhammananda about how we remain hopeful in the face of ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID, and increased violence towards Blacks and Asians. She surprised me when she said that one hopeful aspect of COVID is that it allows us to think globally. “We cannot be free from COVID alone; we must [...]

16May. 2021

Homage to She Writes Press

I woke up this morning with the words SHE WRITES PRESS emblazoned on my forehead. A year since publishing my spiritual memoir, Finding Venerable Mother I am feeling immense gratitude for Brooke Warner, Lauren Wise Wait, Crystal Patriarche, and the entire team at She Writes Press. It is an honor and a privilege to be published by this all-female [...]

12May. 2021

Welcome to Casual Buddhism!

Divine love is what Casual Buddhism is all about. I’ve always believed in divine love, but it wasn’t until I met the Thai Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, my teacher and spiritual mentor, that I discovered it for myself. Casual Buddhism is a series of ten-minute informal interviews with Venerable Dhammananda about practicing Buddhism in our everyday lives. We all [...]

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