Dharma Teachings, The New Story, wisdom quotes

Buddhism as Religion Versus Philosophy

“At its etymological root, religion is what rebinds or reunites us with the sacred. Many of us long for this return from exile and then discover that it leads us toward existential danger —  the deconstruction and rearrangement of our very sense of self and reality. In common usage, religion often refers to the belief… Continue reading Buddhism as Religion Versus Philosophy

Living from the Heart, The New Story

Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

May is for Metta. Metta is loving kindness. This technique taught by the Buddha is a simple yet transformational practice of well wishing. It is a way of opening our hearts and letting love and kindness pour in for ourselves, our loved ones, our wider community members, the difficult people in our lives and, ultimately,… Continue reading Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

Dharma Teachings, Education, Hatha Yoga Practice, Michelle's Memoir, Writings

Will Yoga Send You Straight to Hell?

Read the original on elephant. “There’s the spiritual health risk. When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to. The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways.” Father Roland Colhoun, a Catholic priest in Londonderry, Northern… Continue reading Will Yoga Send You Straight to Hell?


What Letting Go Isn’t.

It’s been said that the dharma teachings can be summarized in two words: let go.Letting go is the ultimate zen habit we all must master, sooner or later.Letting go has also become somewhat of a cliche and is often misused in spiritual contexts. But it is the single most powerful, simple (not easy) skill we can cultivate… Continue reading What Letting Go Isn’t.

Dharma Teachings, Metta, Mindfulness

Seeking: Healers—Inquire Within.

“Few of us are satisfied with retreating from the world and just working on ourselves. We want our training to manifest and be of benefit. The bodhisattva-warrior, therefore, makes a vow to wake up not just for himself but for the welfare of all beings.” ~ Pema Chodron A Bodhisattva is one whose aspiration is to… Continue reading Seeking: Healers—Inquire Within.

Dharma Teachings, Michelle's Memoir, Relating, Writings

Holy Sh*t: How I Was Captivated by Fundamentalist Christianity

Note to readers: This is the entire story of my summer of Jesus and Buddha. Previously published in five parts on elephant journal, I have revised and consolidated it into one. I am seeking suggestions for a captivating title. If you think of one, please email me or leave it in the comments section. Thank… Continue reading Holy Sh*t: How I Was Captivated by Fundamentalist Christianity