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Mindful America: Are You Part of the Movement?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have just finished reading Jeff Wilson’s Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Wilson is an associate professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College (University of Waterloo). It’s a thought […]

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Protect and renew your energy as seen on Oprah.com from the Awakened Introvert

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am pleased to share that Oprah.com has published an excerpt from The Awakened Introvert. It’s on the “Shift Your Life” section of Oprah that provides interactive ways to make changes in your life. They took an excerpt from the […]

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Love the Inside of Your Own Head and Be Free

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently read Abigail Thomas’s new book, What Comes Next and How to Like It. It’s a poetic reflection on a lifelong friendship and life itself. You can read it, as I did, on the span of an airplane ride. […]

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I Was Born Thirty Years Too Late

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If I had been born in 1933 instead of 1963, I would have largely missed the demands of the Information Age. If I had come of age as a writer thirty years ago in 1985, there would have been no […]

The Colors and Seasons of Introversion and Extroversion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

“Minion Yellow is a custom colour designed to represent the sweet and subversive characters. An extroverted hue, it projects playfulness and warmth and is suggestive of intellectual curiosity and enlightenment.” So says Pantone, makers of Minion Yellow. Interesting copy. Can […]

Three Reasons Why I Wrote the Awakened Introvert

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am excited to announce that my next book, The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills for Maximizing Your Strengths and Thriving in a Loud and Crazy World, is just about to be released! I am happy that this workbook will soon […]

Mindful in Relationship: The Biggest Spiritual Challenge We Face

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Our closest relationships are often the most challenging places to be mindful. We may be prone to feelings of unworthiness, superiority, and fear as well as a host of other feelings that push us around. When we can bring equanimity […]

Visit With an Old Friend: Three Steps to Awakening By Larry Rosenberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Larry Rosenberg’s latest book came out in 2013 and I am just getting to it. I’ve been holding offer, like saving something precious that you know will likely not be replaceable. Larry is now in his 80s, and while he […]

Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend and mindfulness colleague, Elisha Goldstein has a fascinating new book out. It describes the ways that we can harness our own healing power to create natural antidepressants. These five include mindfulness, of course, self-compassion, living in accordance […]

Time to Wake Up: Reading Your Way to Awakening

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We have been asleep, collectively and individually and there is a growing call to wake up. The Buddha was the first to suggest this change in consciousness 2500 years ago (and as you know the term buddha means one who […]

The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Discovery

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Polly Young-Eisendrath has a new book out, her fourteenth. This is a book like no other that I’ve ever read. It is a memoir and it recounts events that I lived through as dharma friends of Polly and the love […]

Drive by Shooting: Mindfulness on NPR

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s not surprising when a feature on mindfulness appears in a major media outlet. Mindfulness is popular. This time it is a sub-four minute interview on NPR. Tamara Keith spoke with Sharon Salzberg, one of the co-founders of the Insight […]

10 Percent Happier Courtesy of Mindfulness, Of Course

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings faithful readers. I have been busy finishing up the final draft of my forthcoming book The Awakened Introvert: A Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help you Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World (New Harbinger, Spring 2015). […]

Turtles Don’t Surf is Now Available!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  Jamial Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha (SWB) and The Fear Project, has written his first children’s book, Turtles Don’t Surf (a sort of SWB for little ones) I read an advanced copy of this book last summer and it […]

The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge: Available Now!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Greetings faithful readers. I wanted to let you know that my latest book is now available! I gave a reading out our local independent book store the other night. We had a great turnout and people asked great questions about […]

NaNoWriMo

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Late this October, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is known. The goal is to write 50,000 words on a novel and the website provides encouragement, structure, and community to its 297, 479 […]

Eddie Justice: The One-Eyed Compassionate Pit Bull

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend Eddie Justice, the one-eyed pit bull has just published his first book: Eddie’s Tale’s: Stories of Animal Love and Rescue. Eddie is the spokesperson for Justice for Dogs (JFD), a dog rescue organization here in Vermont. My beloved […]

Should is a Red Flag That a Lie is Being Told

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I heard the words in the title to this post uttered by Anne Lamott as she was interviewed for OnPoint. She has a new book: Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair. She begins, “One rarely knows where to […]

Violence is Everywhere … Or is It?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the privilege of seeing Steven Pinker talk at the University of Vermont the other day. Pinker is the author of How The Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Language Instinct, The Stuff of Thought, and most recently, The […]

Living Buddha, Goenka, Dead at 90

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was surprised by the news of S. N. Goenka’s death this past Saturday. He was almost 90 years old. In the summer of 1989, I sat my first vipassana meditation retreat with Goenka at the Vipassana Meditation Center in […]

Daily Doses of Wisdom; A Year of Buddhist Inspiration

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was excited to see the release of this new book from Wisdom Publications. It is edited by Josh Bartok who edited my first book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness. I was looking forward to it […]

Turtles Can’t Ride (or can they?) Wonderful New Children’s Book by Jaimal Yogis

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Jamial Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha (SWB) and The Fear Project, has written his first children’s book, Turtles Don’t Surf (a sort of SWB for little ones) and the school he’s trying to build with the proceeds. The book is available […]

Grief is the Admission Price to the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am back from teaching Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. One insight that arose during the week was that “grief is the admission price to the present moment.” We are often […]

Introverts Revolt

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have been deep into researching introversion for my forthcoming book, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge (Adams Media). It’s been fascinating, revelatory, and liberating. I have enjoyed reading Susan Cain’s Quiet, Laurie Helgoe’s Introvert Power, and many others. […]

Polly Young-Eisendrath: Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend and sister, Polly Young-Eisendrath presented at the TEDx Conference at Middlebury College. The theme of the conference was “The Road not Taken.” Polly is a world renown author, Jungian analyst, and integrator of Western psychology and Buddhist […]

Manhunt

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was running my morning vigil with the dogs on the back trails of a public park near my home. When I stepped outside the house, I could hear the helicopter droning above in the foggy sky. As we headed […]

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have just finished Susan Cain’s powerful book, Quiet. It has become a bestseller and it is not hard to see why. The book speaks to a need that introverts like myself have been aware of implicitly and articulates it […]

Mindful Eating

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have been teaching a new course at the University of Vermont in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. It is called Conscious Eating: Mindfulness for Wellbeing. We have been exploring mindful eating by reading Jan Chozen Bays wonderful […]

True Refuge: The New Book from Tara Brach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We had to wait ten years and now the wait is over. Following her bestselling book, Radical Acceptance, Tara has written True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. True Refuge starts on a highly personal note […]

What is the Role of Positivity in Mindfulness?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Author Oliver Burkeman was interviewed about his book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. His thoughts are a helpful antidote the tyranny of positive thinking as reflected in my recent review of the movie, “The Cure […]

The Fear Project–Now Available for Pre-Order

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The latest book from Jaimal Yogis, author of the precious Saltwater Buddha, is now available for pre-order. “Like a mammoth wave moving across the ocean, The Fear Project takes us on a wild ride into the heart of our deepest […]

The Fear Project–HEY SHAME AND DEATH — “GO F&#@ YOURSELF”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend and fellow Wisdom author of Saltwater Buddha (one of my favorite books and a forthcoming film), Jaimal Yogis, has created the Fear Project. It’s a blog and a soon forthcoming book that explores all dimensions of fear from athletics, adventures, […]

Integration is Better Than Rigidity or Chaos

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Last Friday morning, I had the pleasure of being in a audience for the two Dan’s or Dan Squared, as they joked. First, Dan Goleman–author of Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Ecological Intelligence, and others. The second–Dan Siegal– author of Mindsight, […]

Happy Mindfulness Day 2012!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today, 12 September, is Mindfulness Day. According to Wisdom Publications: “Mindfulness Day was created to share the power and benefits of mindfulness. So many people, in so many ways, have benefited from the techniques of mindfulness, it made sense to […]

Rilke Knew a Thing or Two About Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am reading the lovely volume of excerpts from Rilke’s voluminous letters, Letters on Life, edited and translated by Ulrich Baer. Rilke wrote thousands of letters during his lifetime and seven thousand were reviewed for this volume. Rilke was a […]

The Fear Project

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Jaimal Yogis is the author of the compelling, endearing, and enlightening memoir–Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea. If you haven’t read this already, you should. It’s one of my favorite books. Jaimal has just launched […]

The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life (MW) is a beautiful little book. It is hard-bound without a dust jacket. A slim volume that you can slip into your coat pocket. I’ve been carrying with me almost everywhere I […]

The Color Blue

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In How to Train a Wild Elephant, Jan Chozen Bays suggests an exercise: notice the color blue as you move through the world. Of course, you could pick any color. I tried this mindfulness exercise one day walking from my […]

In Praise of Editors and Editing

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you think you’ve got a lock on reality, think again. We are constantly commercing in impressions, approximations, and constructions. What can you do with this glimpse of reality, especially if you are trying to write about it?  A good […]

Religious Education in the Age of Fundamentalism and Political Correctness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently contacted by a courageous Minnesota high school teacher, James Morrison. He has been teaching a world religion course. Over the years he has been accused of “polluting the minds of children with false Ideas” and “doing the devil’s […]

Coming to Ground: Science and Buddha Suggest Humility

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I spent this past weekend at the Barre Center for Buddhist studies leading a workshop on metaphors and the Buddha’s teachings. We shared poems, conversation, and meditation practice. We contemplated the ubiquity of metaphors, their power to inspire and influence, […]

You are HOW You Eat: Mindful Eating in the Age of Gluttony

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The adage goes, “You are what you eat.” And this may be the case. It is also the case that, “You are how you eat.” This is the message of mindful eating. You can eat anything mindfully Mindful eating is […]

Right View: One Thing Leads to Another

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In a recent post I mentioned “mistaken views” as a source of all dissatisfaction, anguish, and suffering. In this post, I’ll expand on Right View — one of the Noble Eightfold Path. “Right” is, perhaps, a misleading translation because it […]

Shambhala Book Shelf: What Really Helps: Using Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence to Help, Support and Encourage Others

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  Today I’m reading What Really Helps by Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D. It’s an approachable, well-written text on how to help others. Simple enough you might think. However, not so simple. She highlights our tendency to want either want to […]

Shambhala Book Shelf: The Power of an Open Question by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As I’ve mentioned before, I love the look and feel of books. I have yet to buy my first ebook, although that can’t be too far in my future. I am reading the Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s […]

Shambhala Book Shelf: Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness Into Our Relationships

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This week, I’m reading Right Here With You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into our Relationships (Shambhala). It’s a wonderful collection of essays from mindfulness and Buddhist teachers, from Thich Nhat Hanh to Tara Brach on the value of relationships for the […]

Book Shelf: Your True Home by Thich Nhat Hanh

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Tich Nhat Hanh (Shambhala 2011) arrived in the mail the other day. It’s a lovely book, and I mean the physicality of “book.” It’s a thick 5 by 7 inch volume that you know […]

Meditation Made Simple: Seven Considerations to Get You Going :: Part Six: You Have Everything You Need To Start Right Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

You can meditate anytime anywhere. You don’t need any special conditions. Wherever you are right now is just fine. You can be in a crowded train, or waiting for a bus, or in a quiet cloister. All of these geographies […]

How To Train A Wild Elephant

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Do we really need yet another book on mindfulness? In this case, yes. Jan Chozen Bays, M.D., author of Mindful Eating, has written How To Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness (Shambhala 2011) a collection of mindfulness […]

Boredom and Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I caught some of On Point today and the topic was boredom and the book by Peter Toohey, entitled, Boredom: A Lively History. Here is an excerpt: Predictability, monotony and confinement are all key. Any situation that stays the same […]

The Mindfulness Revolution: Coming to a Moment Near You Soon … In Fact, Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There is talk about a revolution, a “mindfulness revolution.” And the evidence for this revolution is mounting and coming from many corners of the world. My “Dictionary” app on my iPhone offers multiple definitions of revolution: An overthrow or repudiation […]

One Metaphor Every 10 to 25 Words: The Poetry of Everyday Life by David Brooks

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

New York Times columnist David Brooks, recently opined on the ubiquity of metaphors mentioning the work of Lakoff and Johnson as well as what sounds like an intriguing book entitled “I is An Other” by James Geary (soon to be […]

Make the Impossible Possible: The Heart Opening Work of Bill Strickland

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the privilege, the honor, and the experience of hearing Bill Strickland talk. If you don’t know about Bill, finding out about him just might change your life. He’s on a mission to save our country from the cancer […]

The Good Thing About Mindfulness is that it’s Always Now!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Hello Everyone! I’ve missed you and suspect you’ve missed me too. A few things have conspired to keep me from writing Mindfulness Matters, including the migration from Moveable Type to WordPress. Beliefnet is still working out the kinks and everything […]

Book Review: The Book of Mu: Essential Writings on Zen’s Most Important Koan edited by James Ishmael Ford & Melissa Moyzen Blacker

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mu is Zen’s most famous and challenging koan.  The Book of Mu (Wisdom Publications) is a collection of essays, contemporary and classic on this ancient mind puzzle and a wonderful introduction to the practice of Zen. I have had little […]

Book Review: Sex and the Spiritual Teacher by Scott Edelstein

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Sexual scandals have given spiritual communities a bad name. And no tradition has been immune from their occurrence.  Many websites document the sobering and continuing incidents of sexual involvement, as well as other abuses of power (google spiritual teacher and […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: If You Hadn’t Noticed, Things Change

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This may be stating the obvious, but things change and they often change in ways that we’d prefer they not. It’s raining today instead of snowing. I’d prefer snow, or at least not rain. Too bad. This is what we’ve […]

Metaphor Monday :: Whirlpool Self

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The other day I discussed metaphors for the self, how the idea of a self-contained individual is misleading (see the entry called “The Self is not and Island: Finding Our Place in the Natural World.” Carl Safina offered the metaphor […]

The Self is not an Island: Finding Our Place in the Natural World

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was captivated listening to the NPR program, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, yesterday. His guest was Carl Safina, ecologist and author of The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World. You can read excerpts and […]

Metaphors for Mindfulness on the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was very happy to be interviewed by Elisha Goldstein, co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook on his blog Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. When it comes to trying to understand almost anything, I have found metaphors to be extremely useful. […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Diligent Joy: Cultivating the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog. Here is my CT Watchdog posts from last week: Diligent Joy: Cultivating the Present Moment In Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about “diligent joy,” suggesting that joy is an […]

Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you are one of the 29 million people in the United States touched by Alzheimer’s you will want to read this book, Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle. It […]

Eight Good Things to Keep in Mind: Exploring the Noble Eight-Fold Path: Effort

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Thank you to everyone who reads Mindfulness Matters and thinks deeply about the issues and participates in the commentary and discussion. I truly appreciate that. The Noble Eight-Fold Path is integral to the Buddha’s teachings and I’ll present a series […]

The Everything Buddhism Book

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am pleased to announce the publication of my next book, The Everything Buddhism Book. You can look “inside” the book on Amazon and read the first couple of chapters. It is available in both a print version and is […]

From the Archive :: Best of 2010 :: Mindful Politics

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It snowed 30 inches in parts of New Jersey yesterday and I’m enjoying being stranded. An unexpected and welcome extension of the holiday weekend. I’ll be back in Vermont tomorrow and we’ll resume our regular meditation schedule at the Exquisite […]

Metaphor Monday: Full Circle

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s the end of the calendar year and we’ve traveled “full circle” from the beginning to the end of this year. As if by magic, on January 1 we’ll be starting anew (even though we are really just continuing, one […]

Give the Gift of Mindfulness This Holiday Season

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There’s still time for last minute Christmas and Holiday gifts. Give your loved ones, or yourself, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, the gift of mindfulness. This book has been well-received by the mindfulness community and is a […]

MBCT versus Medication

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We’ve known for some time that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is an effective treatment for preventing further episodes of depression for people who have mad multiple episodes of depression.  The pioneering work of Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale has […]

Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow wisdom author, Pilar Jennings on the release of her recent book, Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism. PilarJennings was exposed to Buddhist meditation early in life. Her mother took […]

Metaphor Monday :: Squid Eye

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Squid Eye metaphor comes from business consultant and coach Susan Scott in her book Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today. It refers to the ability of squid hunters to detect their prey […]

Metaphor Monday :: Guardian of Solitude

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend and fellow author, Laurel Saville, just wrote an interesting piece on solitude for Single Minded Women entitled Stay, Fetch, Lick: Love Me, Love My Dog. Literally.  Her musings on gender-based perceptions of solitude got me thinking about one of […]

Book Shelf: Be Love Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Thank you Ram Dass. It’s good to hear from you again. For many of us, Ram Dass has been an integral part of our spiritual path. I first became aware of him while in college. I read The Only Dance […]

Teachers and Talks: Sharon Salzberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Sharon Salzberg is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Societyand the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Barre, Massachusetts. Shehas studied and practiced Buddhist meditation since 1970 and has been teachingworldwide since 1974. She is a guiding teacher at […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Dealing with Difficult Bosses and Other Problem People

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry Dealing with Difficult Bosses and Other Problem People.  Relationships can be our greatest source of both consternation and joy. Humans are social creatures and social support has […]

Metaphors for Mindfulness: The Interview

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Q: “Your book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants, is about mindfulness and you studied with the Dalai Lama. You’re also a practicing psychologist. Can you tell us how your Buddhist background comes into play in your work as a psychologist?” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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 […]

9 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

posted by exquisitemind

Mindfulness can bring our brains into an integrated state of harmony, balancing chaos on the one hand and rigidity on the other. This scientific wisdom is brought to us by neuroscientist, Dan Siegel, author of several important books, including the […]

“Life in an Awkward Position”

posted by exquisitemind

Is the title of the Wall Street Journal article reviewing the book, The Great Oom by Robert Love (Viking) that chronicles the early history of yoga in the United States. Today there are 20 million practitioners of yoga, but at […]

The Heart of the Universe

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The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra, by Mu Soeng. This thin volume from fellow Wisdom author and resident scholar at the Barre Institute for Buddhist Studies is thick in wisdom. As the title suggests it explores the […]

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