"If people don't like the word meditation, then they can talk about it as awareness, or paying attention, or learning to see, or however they want to think about it. . .As long as we're just trapped in that endless conversation inside the head we're just doomed.  And meditation-- stepping back, paying attention, bringing expanded awareness--that's the way we can see beyond that little tiny world of suffering.

--Cheri Huber, Zen teacher      (www.cherihuber.com)



This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

It is my belief, for the world in general, that compassion is more important than "religion."

Converting other people to Buddhism is not my concern.

Regrettably, religion is frequently used solely as an instrument of power in order to force one's will upon others.  In such cases there are certainly not religious motives, but very selfish ones at work.

For a meditator who has a certain degree of inner stability and realization, every experience comes as a teaching; every experience one is exposed to comes as a kind of learning experience.

In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.

You do not have to intentionally stop the various thoughts and feelings that dawn in the mind; rather, do not get caught up in them.