Please remember the ‘8 Verses of Training the Mind (in compassion)’ is meant to be lifelong study and practice. The last verse is particularly tough all about the Buddhist wisdom of reality not being what we think it is. So we go at it slowly, step-by-step. We do not beat ourselves up. That defeats the purpose of becoming happier and more loving with others and ourself. Forgiveness is key here. We must allow ourself to make mistakes, to not understand, and even become a bit frustrated. That is all o.k. In fact, it is essential as part of the process of learning, growing, and experiencing. Please do not expect that you can understand it all in one or two goes. It takes time, in fact a lifetime, or even several! The fact that we are engaging with such a precious text is cause for celebration! Roll out the drums; bring in the horns, and throw the confetti in the air!
Practice feeling kindness and compassion
Being alone with our minds for over a year has driven us crazy, unless we are monastics. We are not used to it. Yet, Covid isolation can catalyze awareness, no longer being pulled by our […]
The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage: Marriage with our Subtle Mind (with Dr. Barry Kerzin in November 2022)
Nov. 19th-23rd Dr. Barry Kerzin will visit Japan in November 2022! Human Values Institute will have a “Retreat” in Shikoku at this time. “The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage: Marriage with our Subtle Mind.” Our last […]
Look inside with mindfulness
We often forget to practice forgiveness and walk around with many hurts that slow us down. These hurts affect us, even though sometimes they are invisible. They can make us reactive and hypersensitive. They can […]