Today’s Topic

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Human Values Institute With the sudden rise of the #MeToo movement, my heart goes out to not only the women who have already experienced sexual harassment, and certainly there are many, but also to those yet to come. Some will unfortunately experience the same pain, fear, humiliation, and stigma of sexual harassment as the stories being brought to light by the brave women who have been reporting [...]

Happy New Year and Upcoming Programs for 2019

Very Happy New Year to everyone, filled with health, joy and friendship. Please come and join for our activities as Human Values Institute and support us in any way that you can. Happy new year! – Barry Kerzin Schedule  Dr. Barry Kerzin will return to Japan to teach in March. Below are our upcoming programs from January till March in 2019. Jan 24, Thurs,  19:00-20:30 Meditation Practice Group with Human [...]

Latest Message From Dr. Barry

How do we get rid of our destructive negative emotions?

We are on an Easter egg treasure hunt searching for treasures. The treasures are not painted Easter eggs. Rather they are our destructive negative emotions, often lurking just under the surface. You might think, “these are not treasure, they are painful and unwanted emotions, far from being treasures.” Yes, this is true. Let’s look a little closer. If anger, jealousy, pride, selfishness, and greed are not wanted, how can we get rid of them? Does ignoring them make them go [...]

How do we forgive ourself?

We often forget to forgive ourself. Hurts build up inside of us again and again. These hurts cause deep pain. They can fester, and wall off like an abscess. It is imperative that we clear these hurts in order to feel well before they become too ingrained. Forgiveness is the way to do this. Usually forgiveness is a “solo” activity that we do ourself. We can tell the other person, but this is often not necessary. How do we forgive [...]

Seize the moment

Days pass one after another without much reflection and adjustment. We can easily become complacent. We get older, and one day the doctor informs us of a series disease. We start ruminating about our impending death. But we haven’t adequately prepared ourselves for death while we were young and healthy. So, “seize the moment.” Be mindful, and observe the present state of our mind and heart. When we notice negativity, work with it. Sit in meditation with it, accept it. [...]

We tend to judge ourselves and compare ourselves with others

We tend to judge ourselves and compare ourselves with others. Sometimes we feel we are not as good as others. At other times we feel better than others. This is all the tricky mischievous ego. Please do not buy into it. Each of us is like a diamond with very special facets shining with 5-colored lights. We may not always recognize this fact, but it is true. Please do not be side-tracked by the tricky mischievous ego. When it is [...]


Our thoughts and feelings

By being mindful and observing our thoughts and feelings we begin to notice our inner world. This is the first big step towards changing our reality. […]


The courage to be honest yet kind and respectful helps us face difficult situations. Just being brutally honest harming others is narrow-minded and shortsighted. Finding the courage to be motivated by genuinely caring for others and from that motivation being honest, breeds courage — a deep inner courage of love. Then whatever my come our way we can handle gracefully.