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Recognized as an innovator in the field of mindfulness-based psychology, Dr. Arnie Kozak is northern New England's leading expert in the field. Dr. Kozak's ability to translate ancient healing traditions into pragmatic applications suitable for modern lifestyles through the use of metaphors have made him a strong voice in healthcare and business.

Beginning with a journey to India in the 80’s where he took the Bodhisattva vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Arnie Dr. Kozak began his lifelong practice in mindfulness meditation. Intent on finding a way to bring the practical healing attributes of mindfulness he began incorporating these techniques in his private practice. In 2002 Dr. Kozak created Exquisite Mind in Burlington, Vermont as a vehicle that could expand his wisdom to larger audiences beyond individual psychotherapy to professionals and corporations, health care providers, public groups and, most recently with Exquisite Mind Golf, amateur and professional golfers. His award-winning new book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness (Wisdom Publications, 2009) is a thoughtful, funny, and inspiring translation of mindfulness practice through the inventive use of metaphor applicable to our daily lives.

In addition to his work with Exquisite Mind, Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist—Doctorate has been a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Vermont and is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has studied and practiced clinical psychology, meditation, and yoga for more than 25 years. He has studied with several meditation masters, including S. N. Goenka, Larry Rosenberg, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After receiving his bachelors degree with honors from Tufts University, he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to get his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo. He completed his training as a Psychological Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. Prior to founding the Exquisite Mind in 2002, Arnie worked ten years in the private sector for the PKC Corporation consulting on mental health content for this revolutionary software company.

Teachers and Talks: Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Meditation doesn’t just make us feel good; it changes our brains. Studies show that meditation changes both structure and function of our brains (in beneficial ways) beyond the period of meditation. Recent advances in neuroimaging along with encouragement from His […]

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Wisdom Wednesday :: Don’t Be an Asshole

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’m reading the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller, and provocatively titled, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert Sutton reveals some harrowing statistics of bullying and abuse in the […]

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TED Tuesday :: Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

“I cook therefore I am” Watzke suggests. Did you know there are 500 million neurons in your gut. That pales in comparison to the brain (100 billion) but is certainly enough to qualify as a “second brain.” This fascinating talk […]

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Metaphor Monday :: Playing a Violin with Three Strings?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Urban legend has it that Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman once played through a violin concerto after having broken one of his strings. Perlman was afflicted by polio as a child so walking is difficult for him. The story goes that he made […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Working Ourselves to Death :: Mindfulness May Save Your Life

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry Working Ourselves to Death :: Mindfulness May Save Your Life ABC News did a recent feature on workplace stress and the increased mortality associated with chronic job […]

Meditate Now! (Free)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In the spirit of making mindfulness more accessible i am posting CDs worth of my guided meditations to my website, Exquisitemind.com.  The tracks from the first CD are now available to listen to and to download as mp3 to your […]

Freeform Friday :: Talking to Yourself

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Welcome the new technological age! Today, I’d like to discuss some on our relationship to technology.  Having spent many years working in mental hospitals, I am accustomed to people talking to themselves. Not long ago, if you overheard someone talking to […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: Short Sleeves in Late October

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday was an unexpected pleasure here in Northern Vermont. At at time when there can be snow on the ground, it was 70 degrees and sunny. A gentle breeze came off Lake Champlain and the world seemed to slow down. […]

Metaphor Monday :: Running Stitch

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

According to Wikipedia, “the running stitch or straight stitch is the basic stitch in hand-sewing and embroidery, on which all other forms of sewing are based. The stitch is worked by passing the needle in and out of the fabric.”  Sounds like the breath, no? Our breath […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Sleep-Deprived Society: Getting A Better Sleep, Part 2

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Sleep-Deprived Society: Getting A Better Sleep, Part 2 In last week’s entry, we started talking about “sleep hygiene.” We’ll continue with some general and specific guidance on getting […]

The Architecture of Bliss: Devoting a Day to Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I led a mini-mindfulness meditation retreat at the new Exquisite Mind Studio. The Studio was drenched with sun the entire day. We spent the day doing sitting and walking meditation in alternating fashion with two hours of practice in the […]

Freeform Friday :: Poetry

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Fall is an easy reminder of impermanence — anicca— in Pali or anitya in Sanskrit. Change is the rep of autumn. We expect it; we relish it. The changing season can be a great teacher, and metaphor, to the moment-by-moment […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Larry Rosenberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Larry Rosenberg is a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and the founder of the Cambridge Insight Medication Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I have had the great fortune to receive teachings from many teachers over the past 27 years […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: Silence-Containment-Engagement

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu said yesterday, “Not answering an email in 10 minutes used to mean you’re dead, but now 10 seconds is enough. After 10 minutes, they’ve already filed away your obituary.” We’ve come to the nanosecond availability of […]

TED Tuesday :: Sherwin Nuland on Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Surgeon, author, and inspirational speaker, Sherwin Nuland discusses hope. He mentions that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 14 definitions of hope and none of them are particularly satisfying.  His remarks on hope are consistent with mine from yesterday and take […]

Metaphor Monday :: Kill Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

According the Random House Dictionary, hope is the feeling that what is desired is also possible; or that events may turn out for the best. These seem to be very different senses of the word. The first suggest confidence; the […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Sleep-Deprived Society: Getting A Better Sleep, Part 1

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Sleep-Deprived Society: Getting A Better Sleep, Part 1 In last week’s entry, we touched on the dangers of sleep-deprivation. Today we’ll begin to focus on how to […]

Mindfulness Revolution at Home

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness has been taught, practiced, and lived in medical settings for over 30 years now. Jon Kabat-Zinn started the revolution and now his students and colleagues Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein are taking the revolution to your living room. While Mindfulness-Based Stress […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Noah Levine

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One of the freshest voices in the community of Buddha, Noah Levine, provides a brief meditation tutorial. He eschews Buddhism in favor of Buddha and recommends a revolutionary path. He suggests that we: •• Defy the lies •• Serve the […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: Is Your Dog a Pessimist?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A British veterinary study reported in the New York Times finds that dogs who have separation anxiety can demonstrate what the researchers call “pessimism” — a more enduring state of negative emotion. We’ve known for a long time that dogs […]

TED Tuesday :: Martin Seligman on positive psychology

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Martin Seligman is one of the biggest names in the field of psychology. He did the original research ont he concept of learned helplessness and has now helped to found the field of positive psychology with concepts like learned optimism. […]

Metaphor Monday :: Plow Your Own Field

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A recent Tricycle Daily Dharma (click here to receive these daily emails with brief excerpts of writing from Tricycle Magazine) the great Thai teacher Ajahn Chah gave the metaphor of plowing your own field.  When people genuinely meet the dharma, […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Sleep-Deprived Society :: The Critical Importance of Sleep for Managing Stress

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Sleep-Deprived Society :: The Critical Importance for Sleep in Managing Stress In previous entries we’ve explored the nature of stress and how paying attention to the […]

Pali Canon

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This past summer I stood in the reference library at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies staring at the Pali Canon. It occupies an entire bookshelf, standing 2.5 by 8 feet tall, comprised of 140 volumes on six and one […]

TED Tuesday :: Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A life that doesn’t provide radiant happiness may not be worth living according to Skrikumar Rao. Happiness is not from what we have or what we do. He claims that happiness is in our DNA. That claim may seem counterintuitive. […]

Fireworks and Foliage

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s foliage season in Northern Vermont. Fabulous displays of color across the Green Mountains. As their name implies, they are covered with trees that are throwing off color; wild screaming death throes. I love foliage time and I also love […]

The Mindfulness Revolution Continues

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Naomi Morris wrote an article for the L. A. Times entitled “Fully experiencing the present: a practice for everyone, religious or not.” The article focuses on the pioneering mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn (featured here on Mindfulness Matters a couple of […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: Dismantling the Work-Life Balance Myth

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In an age when the work week enroaches more and more into the hours of each day and even reaches its hand into weekends, holidays, and vacations the notion arises that we need to have good work-life “balance.” I would […]

TED Tuesday: Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the last installment of the Charter for Compassion talks with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (the Imam at the center of the controversy over the Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero). He gives a brief overview of the Muslim […]

Metaphor Monday :: Stop, Drop, & Roll

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We all learned “Stop, Drop, and Roll” in fire safety. This mnemonic helps to avert panic and the proliferation of the fire. In fact, when done correctly you can put the fire out limiting its destructive impact.  In the Buddha’s […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: How To Interupt Cycles Of Stress Overload

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Mindfulness :: How To Interrupt Cycles of Stress Overload In previous entries we’ve explored the nature of stress and how paying attention to the present moment through […]

Mindful Politics

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As the mid-term elections approach, political rhetoric is ramping up and along with it the usual fervor, apathy, distortion, and promulgation of hope (mostly false hope, I’m afraid). Here is a mindful perspective on politics from renown  Buddhist author and […]

We Are Poetry

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The psychotherapist Connelly turned to William Carlos Williams to elucidate the “poetry” of living. Williams said, “The underlying meaning of all [our patients] want to tell us an have always failed to communicate is the poem, the poem which their […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Jon Kabat-Zinn

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Back by popular demand, here is another video by Jon Kabat-Zinn. If you are on in the LA area you have an opportunity to see Jon speak live and support Breast Cancer Research: Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author and authority onMindfulness […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: “Resistance is Futile”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Trying to explain the potential value of mindfulness to a new patient, someone in prolonged and severe chronic pain, I started by talking about resistance. We have a tendency to develop a relationship based on resistance to chronic pain. But […]

TED Tuesday: Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

After exploring compassion from religious perspectives, today we’ll hear about the science of compassion. Robert Wright provides a natural history of compassion and Golden Rule. Feelings, love, and sympathy are not unique to humanity, but all are built into us by […]

Metaphor Monday :: Marooned by Self-Pity

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

David Balfour, the main character in Robert Louis Stevenon’s Kidnapped gives us a metaphor for the delicacy and power of attention and how self-pity can maroon us, cutting us off from the very things that can save us; the very […]

Stress Reduction Sunday: Mindfulness :: Human Being Versus Doing

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Mindfulness :: Human Being Versus Doing In my last entry, Mindfulness :: Becoming and Dissolving as an Antidote to Stress, I discussed the practical value of focusing on […]

Sport Saturday :: Mindfulness in Sport :: The Embodiment of Awakening (Part Four)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Sport, like life, can be joyful, and some of this joy comes from the quality of attention we bring to the sport, in addition to the activity being fun.  However, sometimes we can get caught in a trap of trying […]

Freeform Friday :: Poetry

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Soul is one of those words that is used quite frequently in different ways without being clearly defined. We can mean it in the metaphysical sense of some quality of being that transcends the body after death and transmigrates to […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday: Susan Woods and Miv London

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a research demonstrated effective treatment for depression, especially for preventing future recurrences of depressive episodes. It is built upon the foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and was founded by the cognitive psychologists, Zindel Segal, Mark […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: FOGWINE: Fear of Getting What is Not Enjoyed

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In a previous entry we explored FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. Today we’ll explore its counterpart, FOGWINE: Fear of Getting What is not Enjoyed.  FOGWINE explains much of the Second Noble Truth — the cause of suffering, anguish, and pervasive […]

TED Tuesday: Rabbi Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

More on compassion from the Charter for Compassion. Today, Rabbi Jackie Tabick. From Snoopy to compassion fatigue, Rabbi Jacky reflects on compassion and the Golden Rule. 

Metaphor Monday :: Topple a Nant’an with a Cow

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Back to the Starfish and the Spider. The starfish represents the decentralized organization and provides a fitting metaphor for the Buddha’s notion of self. There is no “person” at the top, no executive, no CEO in control of self. The […]

Stress Reduction Sunday: Mindfulness :: Becoming and Dissolving as an Antidote to Stress

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Mindfulness :: Becoming and Dissolving as an Antidote to Stress In my last entry, Mindfulness: The Art of Living in the Present, I discussed how to start […]

Freeform Friday :: Meditate Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you missed this live guided meditation on Friday morning, you can watch it here now. This video and the meditation classroom is brought to you everyday by eMindful.com. It’s an opportunity to start your day with 45 minutes of […]

Teachers and Talks :: Jon Kabat-Zinn

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

No one, perhaps, has done more for the transmission of the dharma in the West than Jon Kabat-Zinn and he has done so without ever mentioning the word dharma.  Anyone who teaches mindfulness in a secular, healthcare setting would probably […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: “Am I OK now? How ’bout now? And now?”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Perhaps my mind is singular in its craziness, but my experience with others tells me that I’m not alone. Our minds are constantly asking the question: “Am I OK?” To answer this question, there must be an “I” that is […]

TED Tuesday :: Robert Thurman :: Expanding your circle of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

TED Tuesday returns with Robert Thurman. More on compassion and the story of Asanga and his search for Maitreya in the form of a mangy dog. It’s a story of compassion through the vehicle of patience and open mind.  He […]

Metaphor Monday :: Welcome to the Starfish Revolution

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In the compelling book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom present the case for decentralization as an agent of profit and social good.  Many entities are decentralized, including our brains. […]

Stress Reduction Sunday: Mindfulness: The Art of Being in the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, The Art of Being in the Present Moment: In my last entry, Mindfulness: An Ancient Remedy for a Modern Problem, I discussed the importance of mindfulness and gave […]

Mindfulness in Sport: The Embodiment of Awakening (Part Three)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Sport Saturday. This entry continues an essay on using sport to awaken. Click here to read part one and part two here.  Mindfulness and sport-samadhi can also impact how we deal with exertion and the limits of our body. I have […]

Site/Sight :: The Mindful Art of Ellen Kozak

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Over Labor Day Weekend I visited the gallery opening for my cousin, the artist Ellen Kozak at  Argazzi Art in Lakeville Connecticut.  Ellen’s work Site/Sight is a reflection on the impermanence of nature from the perspective of the surface of […]

Teachers and Talks: Pema Chodron

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Ani Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and author whose teachings and writings on meditation have helped make Buddhism accessible to a broad Western audience. She currently directs the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, the first Tibetan monastery […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Waiting for a Train and the Beauty of Persistence

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Over Labor Day Weekend, I found myself waiting for a train at Newark Airport. I arrived about 15 minutes late for the train I wanted to catch, the 9:30. I grumbled to myself with a complaint about having to wait. […]

TED Tuesday: Rev. James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Continuing with the Charter for Compassion talks. Rev. Jams Forbes presents a refreshing and everyday perspective on compassion, including sympathetic joy — rejoicing in successes of others. He grew up in a family asking, “Are all the children in?”

Metaphor Monday: Change the Gravitational Constant of the Universe

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This metaphor comes from the Star Trek Next Generation (STNG) episode, “Deja Q.” In this episode Q arrives freshly kicked out of the “Q Continuum” stripped of his omnipotent powers. He’s now merely human. He’s reluctantly trying to help the […]

Stress Reduction Sunday: Mindfulness: An Ancient Remedy for a Modern Problem

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry, Mindfulness: An Ancient Remedy for a Modern Problem: Mindfulness is an ancient technology that has relevance to today’s problem of chronic stress overload. Part of the […]

Mindfulness in Sport: The Embodiment of Awakening (Part Two)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Sport Saturday. This entry continues an essay on using sport to awaken. Click here to read part one. Non-gravity sports such as road running, road biking, and swimming offer a ready opportunity to full body awareness. Instead of a […]

Kalyanamitra: The Spiritual Friend

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Kalyanamitra (Sanskrit) or kalyanamitta (Pali) refers to the “spiritual friend.” This friend can be a spiritual teacher that guides on the path and also refers to peers that travel the path along with you. The sangha (community of people who follow […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Thursdays will be a day to feature teachers and talks that I have sat with or are familiar with through their writings. As I think back over my 27 years of spiritual practice I’ve had the honor, pleasure, and good […]

Does a Tiger Have Buddhanature?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Wisdom Wednesday. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant recounts the story of a wounded Siberian tiger that tracks and kills the poacher, Vladimir Markov who had previously wounded him. After being shot in […]

TED Tuesday: Swami Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Starting with Karen Armstrong’s introduction of the Charter for Compassion, TED presents a series of talks from multiple religious perspectives on the issue of compassion. Watch Swami Dayananda Saraswati here speak about compassion from a developmental perspective. Be big, be […]

Metaphor Monday: Mushroom Circle Sangha

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On a recent Thursday our meditation group gathered in the Exquisite Mind Studio for one of our weekly meditation practices. We sit in a rectangular “circle” around the perimeter of the room. The energy was particularly strong that day. One […]

Stress Reduction Sunday: Know Your “Stress Signatures” and other Tips for Managing Stress

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings everyone. With the start of my weekly column on Connecticut Watchdog, Sundays will be “Stress Reduction Sundays.” Read my posts on how to manage stress effectively in your life. Here is my initial post: The first principle to handling stress […]

Sport Saturday: The Buddha’s Sport :: Kabaddi

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If golf had been around in the time of the Buddha, he probably would have been a great golfer. The Buddha was known for his athletic prowess and powers of concentration. Tiger woods would have nothing on him. Kabaddi was […]

Living in Vermont

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Let me tell you a thing or two about the place where I live in Northern Vermont. Vermont has a population of approximately 600,000 people and 300,000 cows. It is one of the least populated states. Our shining metropolis, Burlington, […]

Morning Meditation: Fridays

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings everyone. A reminder and invitation to join me live online for Morning Meditation,  sponsored by eMindful.com. I’m in the video classroom (see below) every Friday morning. Other instructors lead the practice on the other days of the week. These […]

Teachers & Talks: Tara Brach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Tara Brach, Ph.D.,  is a beloved dharma teacher and the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and teaches Buddhist meditation at centers in the United States and Canada (such as Kripalu and Omega). A clinical psychologist […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Mindfulness and the Metaphors We Live By

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Wisdom Wednesday! In a previous entry, I discussed how the Buddha loved to teach with metaphors. Each Monday I present a new metaphor for your enjoyment, education, and inspiration. For previous metaphors see the entries on Teach a Horse […]

TED Tuesday :: Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman asks, “What is the currency of life?” The answer shouldn’t surprise you, it’s the present moment! In this talk he explores the perils of happiness and how memory plays a role versus direct experience. The experiencing […]

Metaphor Monday: Teach a Horse to Sing

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In The Stuff of Thought, Harvard psychologist and author extraordinaire, Steven Pinker relates the story of teaching a horse to sing.  According to an old story, a man sentenced to be hanged fro offending the sultan, offered a deal to […]

Stress Reduction Blog on CT Watchdog

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings everyone. With the start of my weekly column on Connecticut Watchdog, Sundays will be “Stress Reduction Sundays.” Read my posts on how to manage stress effectively in your life. Here is my initial post: Stress seems to be a […]

Is Tiger Woods Giving Buddhism a Bad Name?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Tiger Woods, the number one ranked golfer in the world, was two shots from last place after the second day of play at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational a tournament he has won seven times in the past. In […]

Powerless

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

About two-thirds the way through online Morning Meditation, I heard what sounded like a gun shot and then complete power failure. A sudden and irrevocable intrusion of reality into the moment. I apologize to those of you in the classroom […]

Guest Blog on Shambhala SunSpace

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have just authored a guest blog on Shambhala SunSpace, the blog of the Shambhala Sun. Thanks to Rod Meade Sperry and my publicist at Wisdom Publications, Joe Evans, for inviting me to post. The guest blog is entitled: Mindfulness […]

eMindful: A Global Live Mindfulness Community: Morning Meditation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

eMindful.com is a cutting edge leader in online mindfulness education, taking advantage of video conferencing technology to offer mindfulness in unique formats. eMindful brings mindfulness into the Information Age and does so in a way that represents skillful means or […]

TED Tuesday: Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Former Catholic nun, Karen Armstrong authored the brilliant book on the Buddha’s life, entitled, simply enough, Buddha. She has also published many fine books on the history of religion. Listen to her TED Prize Talk and her invitation to compassion, […]

Metaphor Monday: Being Comfortable Being Out of Balance, Performance Art by Janine Antoni

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Performance artist Janine Antoni provides a compelling image for mindfulness in life through acceptance of what is so. Mindfulness does not just magically make everything OK but it shows us, when we can stop resisting. She discovered this lesson while […]

Mindfulness in Sport: The Embodiment of Awakening (Part One)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Meditation. What images does this word bring to mind? It mind be a saffron-robed longhaired Indian swami or a seated and smiling Buddha. While the mention of the word meditation may evoke exotic images, it can also be more accessible […]

Social Networking

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings friends on Beliefnet. Thanks for following my blog. We can also connect through social media. I invite you to link to me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Friend me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter  Link to me on LinkedIn […]

Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art from the Asia Society, New York Times Slideshow

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

View images in a New York Times slideshow from a recent show at the Asia Society entitled, “Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art”

Shinzen Young: Basic Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Shinzen is one of the world’s most unique meditation teachers and he happens to live in Vermont. That’s very fortunate for us here and fortunately for everyone else, Shinzen travels around the country offering retreats and has a YouTube channels […]

How Did the Buddha Use Metaphor?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Buddha used metaphors as upaya, which translate to skillful means. One Buddhist scholar said, “The Buddha’s skill in teaching the Dharma, demonstrated in his ability to adapt his message to the context in which it was delivered. Parables, metaphors, […]

From The Archive: Mind

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mind, in the sense that it is used here, means the totality of our experience of awareness and includes both the intellect (thinking) and the heart (feeling). Becoming familiar with the various aspects of the mind is an important part […]

Stuart Brown Says Play is More Than Fun

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s TED Tuesday! We tend to think of play as something kids do and as frivolous for adults in our work-ethic driven culture. But as Stuart Brown demonstrates in this TED talk, play is anything but frivolous and not just […]

Everybody Needs a Tap Code: The Healing Grace of Social Connection

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There are two things we can safely say about human beings. The first is that we are social creatures. The second is that we are highly resilient, able to withstand the most horrific of circumstances and resume life once the […]

Generosity as an Antidote to Greed: 40 Billionaires Donate Half Their Wealth

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Has the Buddhist revolution begun? This Wall Street Journal headline, “U. S. Superrich Vow to Share Wealth” gives hope that perhaps the revolution has begun. Buddhism doesn’t have a patent on generosity and none of these philanthropists has cited Buddhist […]

Hachi: Dogs, Loyalty, Attachment, and Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently rented and watched “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” starring Richard Gere and an array of Akita’s. The movie is based on the true story of an Akita who waited for his deceased master at the train station everyday for […]

What is Mindfulness Anyway?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Q: Talk a little bit about mindfulness. What is it? What are it’s benefits? How can it be cultivated? A:  A New Yorker cartoon shows a beleaguered looking man clutching the arms of a stuffed chair being addressed by his wife. […]

Cutting Through the Three Poisons to See Reality More Clearly

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Buddha noted three obstacles to seeing reality more clearly: delusion, greed, and hatred (or sometimes translated ignorance, desire, and aversion). These forces bias our perception and the distorted experience does not map onto reality. The results of pursuing such […]

Bob Thurman on happiness and becoming Buddha — on TED.com

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The first time I heard of Bob Thurman it was 1984. I was in the small audience of the Amherst College Chapel for the first Inner Science Meeting. The Inner Science Meeting was the predecessor to the Mind and Life […]

Mindfulness Matters: The First Month

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dear Readers, It’s been nearly a month since I started writing Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Living Now, and I thought I would take a moment to say thanks to those of you who have discovered the blog and have been […]

Forgiveness, Stress, and Living in the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Some time ago, m good friend and colleague, Dr. Sam Standard, lectured in both my Health Psychology course and Introduction to Clinical Psychology course at UVM. We heard about his dissertation research conducted while obtaining his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology […]

“Her belly may be full, but her spirit will be empty”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As those of you who have read my book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 MEtaphors for Mindfulness, already know, I am quite fond of Star Trek (Original Series and Next Generation) and have plumbed these episodes for metaphors. Star […]

Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters Grace Schireson tells the untold story of women in Zen. The unfortunate truth is that the history of Buddhism is not one of gender equality. While the Buddha did finally […]

Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness (TED talks)

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“Buddha in Glory” by Rainer Marie Rilke

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

You will find the poet Rainer Maria Rilke showing up on mindfulness teaching poetry lists. Here is his poem, “Buddha in Glory” Center of all centers, core of cores, almond self-enclosed and growing sweet — all this universe, to the […]

Metaphors for Mindfulness: Why do you think metaphor is such a powerful tool for clarifying and encouraging mindfulness?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Robert Frost warned, “Unless you are at home in the metaphor, unless you have had your proper poetical education in the metaphor, you are not safe anywhere.” And it’s not just poetic metaphors; metaphors are everywhere in our language in […]

Mindfully Green: Can Buddhism Save the Planet?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Thich Nhat Hanh warns, “If we continue to live as we have been living, consuming without a thought of the future, destroying our forests and emitting greenhouse gases, then devastating climate change in inevitable. Much of our ecosystem will be […]

Mindfulness of Breath: The Buddha’s Path to Awakening (Part Three)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Another distraction that might arise is feelings of impatience, restlessness, or boredom. Typically, this happens when the mind projects itself into the future or tries to make this practice into something other than this simple looking at the breath. You […]

Mindfulness of Breath: The Buddha’s Path to Awakening (Part Two)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Why pay attention to breathing? Well, you could pay attention to whatever you like, but breathing confers certain advantages over other objects of attention. First, the breath is always with you and always available to you as an object of […]

Mindfulness of Breath: The Buddha’s Path to Awakening (Part One)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

To get started with mindfulness practice, just start where you are. Posture is important and is secondary to the cultivation of awareness. If you can sit cross-legged on the floor this will provide a stable posture for practice. But if […]

Dukkha: The Buddha’s Metaphor for All That Ails You

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dukkha is a Pali term central to the Buddha’s teaching. It’s difficult to translate. “Suffering” captures some but not all of its aspects. Dissatisfaction captures another portion of is variance. Even if were to speak Pali as the Buddha did, the […]

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Sunday 18 July was the 92nd birthday of Nelson Mandela and fittingly the British Open Championship was one by a South African, Louis Oosthuizen (pronounced “woost-hazen”). He walked down the 18th fairway, accompanied by his caddie of seven years, Zack […]

Dharma Punx: Going “Against the Stream” by Noah Levine

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In his latest book, Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries, Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, tells us just how radical the Buddha’s teachings are in a refreshing new way. He starts, “Against the Stream is more than just […]

The 8 Hooks: How Mindfulness Can Get You Off the Hook

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In the Pathamalokadhamma Sutta, the Buddha said, Among humans, these things, namely,Gain, loss, status, disrepute, blame, praise, pleasure, and painNaturally are impermanent, uncertain, and liable to change,The wise, ever mindful, understand these things,And contemplate them as always shifting and changingThus, delightful […]

Razor Wire Dharma

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What could be a better place to practice meditation than prison? Many have discovered the transformative potential of doing time and exploited that opportunity to do important work on themselves. The documentary film, Doing Vipassana, Doing Time depicts the remarkable work of […]

Spiritual Materialism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The 20% richest of the world’s population consume 60% of its resources. We in American do more than our fair share of the damage whether it is oil, food, or narcotics. After the economic downturn that followed the terrorist attacks […]

Yoga Sanga: The Yoga Online Magazine for Texas on Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Rocio Morales the founder and director of Yoga Sanga: The Yoga Online Magazine for Texas. My book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants was also reviewed (you can read it here).  You can […]

Money Sex War Karma Series (Money)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

David Loy graces us with a book of essays, provocatively titled with a compelling cover design presenting the four big human hang ups: money, sex, war, karma. (Money, War, Sex, Karma: Notes for Buddhist Revolution, 2008, Wisdom Publications). In his […]

Amor Fati: Deep Acceptance

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

From The Onion: “Life Unfair” “EARTH–For the 50 billionth consecutive week since its inception, life was revealed to be unfair Monday. Death and suffering continued to be dispersed randomly among the planet’s life forms, with such potentially mitigating factors as solid […]

Dining at the Trough: Mindful Eating in an Age of Gluttony

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

New Jersey (or anywhere in the United States), I am returning from a meal at a Japanese Sushi buffet. All you can eat sushi? This sounds too good to be true. The restaurant is as big as a supermarket and […]

Dalai Lama Op-Ed in New York Times: “Many Faiths, One Truth”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

His Holiness The Dalia Lama wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Monday 24 May 2010. He begins by saying, “WHEN I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion must be the best […]

Hot Buddha Sweats; Cold Buddha Shivers

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s been record-breaking temperatures in New York and elsewhere on the East Coast this week. Oppressive heat and humidity. Record demands on electricity as everyone seeks to cool off. It’s a real challenge in acceptance and one not easily met. […]

FOMO: The Cost of Being Permeated by Desire

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently heard a new acronym: FOMO (fear of missing out). This is a panic that runs through our culture. It permeates, if we are not mindful, every bit of our psyche. FOMO account for one large portion of the […]

Welcome to Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Living Now with Dr. Arnie Kozak

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I am very happy to be here writing my blog on Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Living Now with Dr. Arnie Kozak. This blog will cover a range of mindfulness-related topics. It will present and comment on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist […]

Mud Season: The Way Beyond is Through

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mud season has arrived early in mid-march. Warm days and sunshine are melting the snowpack and the ground is thawing, partially in places and yielding to soft pools of mud in many spots. A sign at the nature preserve near […]

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Everything Essential Buddhism Book
I was recently on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV in Vermont. We spoke about the Buddha and Buddhism themes that are covered in my new book, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. It's always a pleasure to talk with mark and a touch of sadness to ...

posted 10:05:58am Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Don't Own Your Mind
Our brains are little factories. Their chief product is, of course, thoughts. They also manufacture images, memories, and emotions. Best of all, they fabricate stories. Our brains can do this unbidden, without any direction from us. Given the ...

posted 6:36:24pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Relationships 2.0 Interview August 11
Tune in Tuesday August 11 at 6 PM (3 PM PST) for my radio conversation with Dr. Michelle Skeen, host of Relationships 2.0. We'll be discussing relationship challenges for introverts and guidance from my book, The Awakened Introvert. If you ...

posted 9:00:13pm Aug. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Coming Soon: Mindfulness A to Z
2015 has been a busy year for me publishing books. In May, The Awakened Introvert came out (New Harbinger). In July, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book came out (Adams Media). Soon, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (Wisdom ...

posted 12:46:02pm Aug. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Life Interrupted
I've been thinking a lot about interruptions lately. When I meditate in the mornings, I prefer to do it at a time when I won't be interrupted by others. Yet, even in the most protected environment, interruptions are inevitable. My mind will ...

posted 4:50:31pm Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

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