Category: Guest Post

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 3: The Sacred Siddham Script

While performing the shakyo exercise, if the concentration is on the accurate copying of a sacred text, and the entire body is functioning as one, the strokes just flow through you. It is almost as though you were not the creator, only the conduit through which they form. This continues one step further in Siddham, …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 2: Shakyo Calligraphy Exercise

When Buddhism first began in India, its adherents passed along its teachings orally. Eventually, scribes recorded them in Pali and Sanskrit, and when travelers brought the faith to China by means of the Silk Road, the Chinese translated texts and copied sutras. John Stevens wrote the following in his book Sacred Calligraphy of the East: …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 1: Nirvana Means Extinction

The Bhagavad Gita lists three paths to enlightenment: karma yoga (the way of action), jnana yoga (the way of knowledge), and bhakti yoga (the way of devotion). These have been adopted by other faiths, including Buddhism, and the first path, karma yoga, influenced Zen. According to its precepts, humans can attain enlightenment through seated Zen …continue

Liz Cunningham: True Hope is Like True Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about hope this past week. Like so many, I’ve been asking, Where is the hope in this? And asking myself if the hope I write and speak about still holds. My answer to both questions is yes. I’ve been realizing something though—slowly, like the roots of potato plants growing underground, …continue

Recipe Monday: Sacred Medicine Cupboard’s Potassium Broth

Guest Post: Practical Potions with Sacred Medicine Cupboard By Jessica Booth and Jessica Smithson Oh, it’s that time of year again… when the sniffles, coughs, and general winter ailments begin. Everyone is a little run down, their shine slightly dull, thanks in part to the change of seasons, the busy Autumnal schedules of school and …continue

Mark Stephens’ Top 10 Yoga Tips

  There is a wide world of yoga arising from many different streams of thought and practice; be wary of the idea that it’s just this or that. Yoga should feel good, especially the next day. It’s not about force but exploration, appreciation, acceptance, and openness to gradual change. This is santosa, or contentment. Breathing …continue