Pandemic Resources

Do Not Despair

Do Not Despair

Many of us wrestle with our response to the sufferings of the country and the world. What can we do in the face of poverty, disease, war, injustice, and environmental devastation? With the torrent of news, it is easy to despair, to become...

The Bodhisattva’s Path

The Bodhisattva’s Path

  Bodhisattva is the Sanskrit word for a being who is devoted to awakening and to acting for the benefit of all that lives. The way of the bodhisattva is one of the most radical and powerful of all Buddhist forms of practice. It is...

When Fear Arises

When Fear Arises

  Little fears cause anxiety, and big fears cause panic.— Chuang TzuAlthough most of us have been deeply conditioned by fear, for the most part we have avoided directly exploring its nature. Because we are not aware of its workings,...

Video: Timeless Teachings in a Time of Pandemic

Video: Timeless Teachings in a Time of Pandemic

In this dharma talk, we discuss these 7 teachings of Atisha, the eleventh-century Indian sage: Explore the nature of timeless awareness. Don’t be swayed by outer circumstances. Be grateful to everyone. Consider all phenomena to be dreams.

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris – Ep. 243

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris – Ep. 243

On this episode, a bad news / good news situation. Let's start with the bad news: human beings are not wired for uncertainty. It short circuits our system. The mind wants to plan, to work things out - and, in a pandemic, that is basically...

Video: Courage in Our Difficult Time

Video: Courage in Our Difficult Time

The value of our harshest difficulties is how honestly they cause us to question, how they intensify our courage and bring alive our deepest inner purpose, how they reawaken our soul’s task on earth. In willingly facing the unknown, we...

Audio: Worldwide Healing of Love

Audio: Worldwide Healing of Love

This is a guided, healing energy meditation and metta (lovingkindness) practice. However difficult the times, suffering is not the end of the story—love is. May your spirit be strong. May you be safe and protected. May you be filled with...

Audio: The Return Of Joy

Audio: The Return Of Joy

If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? There is an unquenchable human spirit born anew in each child. This spirit which has carried Nelson Mandella and so many others though hardship and...

Navigating Rough Waters

Navigating Rough Waters

  Every morning when the Dalai Lama wakes up, he begins his morning practices with a prayer from Shantideva: “May I be a guard for those who need protection; a guide for those on the path; a boat, a raft, a bridge for those to cross...

FREE Mindfulness Daily Online Course

FREE Mindfulness Daily Online Course

Create a life-changing meditation practice – in less than 15 min a day! Mindfulness Daily is a FREE online guided training, led by Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield, that will help you establish a mindfulness meditation practice.This 40-day...

The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus

The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus

  Dear Friends,We have a choice.Epidemics, like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods, are part of the cycle of life on planet Earth.How will we respond?With greed, hatred, fear and ignorance? This only brings more suffering.Or with...

Audio: Compassion in the Time of Coronavirus

Audio: Compassion in the Time of Coronavirus

This 13-minute practice is a way to hold yourself and all those around you in a heart of compassion.Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other materials.

Audio: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #1

Audio: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #1

Here is a 13-minute practice to steady your heart in the time of coronavirus. You might also like: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #2 Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other...

Video: Calm, Clarity, Compassion

Video: Calm, Clarity, Compassion

This is an excerpt of a talk Jack Kornfield gave with environmentalist Paul Hawken on March 2, 2020 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on how to stay grounded and steady as we navigate the spread of the Coronavirus and other challenges.The...

Freedom Amid Challenging Times

Freedom Amid Challenging Times

  Modern society is periodically rocked by upheavals, whether by pandemics, war, political turmoil, or powerful economic and environmental challenges. When upheavals happen, we can naturally feel angry or frightened. We worry for our...

Audio: Wisdom In The Midst Of Difficulties

Audio: Wisdom In The Midst Of Difficulties

How can we move through our difficult situations with wisdom and graciousness? This meditation, one of my favorites, shows us how to do so in illuminating, empowering ways. It is almost always helpful.Visit the Pandemic Resources page on...

Audio: Transforming Difficult Emotions

Audio: Transforming Difficult Emotions

In this guided meditation, we will explore how to transform the difficult emotions that arise in our lives. Practicing with the power of loving awareness and interested attention to these intense states in body and heart, we can create a...

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

One of the most difficult things about hard times is that we often feel that we are going through them alone. But we are not alone. In fact, your life itself is only possible because of the thousands of generations before you, survivors...

Transforming Anxiety and Difficult Thoughts

Transforming Anxiety and Difficult Thoughts

In Buddhist psychology, the instructions for thought transformation are very explicit. The Buddha instructs his followers, “Like a skilled carpenter who removes a coarse peg by knocking it out with a fine one, so a person removes a...

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