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Happy Nirvana Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day; today is Nirvana Day or Parinirvana Day. It is the day that celebrates the Buddha’s death or his release into the final state of nirvana. A few years ago, in a post about Nirvana Day, I […]

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Buddhist Icon–Thich Nhat Hanh Recovering in Hospital

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Beloved Buddhist monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) has experienced a severe cerebral hemorrhage and remains in critical condition. He recently had his 88th Birthday. I surmise that he is, along with the Dalai, Lama, one of the two […]

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Equanimity in the Face of Adversity, Controversy, and Memory

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Dalai Lama recently visited with President Obama. Not such an unusual event since they have visited before, but the Chinese Government used this as an opportunity to complain, threaten, and posture. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been through […]

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The Mindful Revolution Comes of Age: Cover Story in Time Magazine

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness made the cover of Time Magazine this week in an article entitled: The Mindful Revolution: The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture. This is not the first time meditation has graced the cover of time. For […]

Enlightenment Meets Enlightenment: Finding the Buddha in the Secular West

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently gave a talk at the University of Vermont College of Medicine called “Beyond Stress Reduction: Mindfulness as a Radical Technology. In this talk, I spoke about the indictment that the healthcare and corporate-related applications of mindfulness are tantamount […]

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 […]

McMindfulness Revisited

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have read Ron Purser and David Loy’s Huffington Post blog entry, Beyond McMindfulness. They write a thoughtful indictment of the popularization of all things mindfulness, especially in the corporate context. There are many important points made in this essay: […]

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 […]

Contemplating How Regret and Perfectionism Keep Us Stuck

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’ve been thinking a lot about regret, stuckness, and perfectionism leading up to my Kripalu workshop that starts on Sunday. Regret is a variant of stuckness. We are locked into the past, replaying a loop of a past event, usually […]

Long Before Mindfulness was a Buzzword …

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Arnie talks about his involvement with mindfulness and meditation spanning the past thirty years.

Mindfulness A–Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

From Sunday August 4 to Friday August 9, I will be presenting this special workshop at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. If you are not familiar, Kripalu is a wonderful place. Nestled in the Berkshire Mountains, it is […]

Military Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The following is a guest blog post by one of the current students in my Mindfulness in Health Care course at the University of Vermont, Melinda Rouille. She is a therapist at a local veteran’s clinic. Something that we all […]

The New Boston Massacre: Marathon Bombing

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I went to college in Boston; I did my internship in Boston and I lived there in between. I’ve watched the finish line of the marathon at the place where the bombs exploded. This event has riveted the attention of […]

Buddhism and Science

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently read the cover articles on the relationship between Buddhism and Science in the penultimate issue of Tricycle Magazine. I was moved to write a letter to the editor. Much to my surprise and delight, they published my letter […]

One Thing I Have in Common with the Buddha: Love of Metaphors: “I, Me, Mine: Untangling the Dharma of “Self” Through Metaphors and Mindfulness at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s that time of year again. I will be teaching my annual workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies entitled: “I, Me, and Mine: Untangling the Dharma of “Self” through Metaphors and Mindfulness. I invite you to join me […]

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 […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Answers Questions from Prayer to Dying

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On Saturday, 13 October, His Holiness (H. H.) gave a thirty minute talk at Middlebury College as part of his Cultivating Hope, Wisdom, and Compassion tour. His simple message, there is “one humanity.” He then sat down, put on his red […]

Dalai Lama Regales Middlebury Crowd with Simple Message: “One Humanity”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama gave his public talk at Middlebury College today to a crowd of a couple thousand or so people. I had the fortune of being in that crowd. It had been a long time since I […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Coming to Middlebury College

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Dalai Lama is coming to Vermont and giving two talks on his current tour. The one for the public is entitled, “Finding Common Ground: Ethics for a Whole World.” I wasn’t planning on going, I did not wake up […]

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, […]

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 […]

Yoga on the Mountain a Benefit for the Center for Mindful Learning

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend, Soryu Forall, has founded the Center for Mindful Learning. “The Center for Mindful Learning (CML) is a non-profit organization devoted to improving lives and strengthening communities by offering mindfulness training that cultivates happiness, compassion, and success for […]

Dharma Day: Today and Every Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

3 July marks “Dharma Day” a commemoration of the day when the Buddha initiated his teaching career–a tenure that lasted for over forty years. According to legend, he hesitated at first to teach what he had experienced under the Bodhi […]

Happy Birthday Buddha

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Around this time and around the world, the Buddha’s birthday is celebrated. I’ll take this occasion to reflect on the Buddha and what he means to me. Archeological evidence suggests he was an actual person. The year’s of his existence […]

Public Meditation: MedMob at the University of Vermont

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

27 April 2012: I enter the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. I’m heading for the meditation flash mob scheduled for noon. I enter on the second floor and pass by throngs of students getting their lunch in the […]

The Dharma of Tiger Woods: Humiliation and Redemption

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Yesterday, I was critical of Tiger’s public demeanor; today I’ll congratulate his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Perhaps no other athlete has been scrutinized as much as Tiger. Before his scandal, he was bigger than life […]

The Mindfulness Revolution Carries On

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I missed this Newsweek article when it came out on January 1, but I’ve heard a bunch of mentions of it just recently. It’s another high profile exposure for mindfulness. The article is entitled, “Mindfulness Meditation Rediscovered.” A curious title, […]

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 […]

Is the Self a Metaphor? Come to the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Find Out

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I will be conducting my annual workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies the weekend of 17-19 February 2012. I’ll be teaching the Buddha’s dharma through metaphors. This summer I wrote an article for the BCBS online publication Full […]

Teaching Doctors to be Mindful

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There is a basic irony in our health care system (well, probably more than one!). Our doctors, nurses, and physician assistants are some of the most stressed professionals. Medical resident training only recently instituted a rule limiting the number of […]

MedMob Coming to a City Near You

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

MedMob is a variation on Flash mobs with a bit more organization. It’s an international movement to bring meditation to the people. It’s catchy motto is “Inquire Within.” The concept is simple: get people together in one place, meditate in […]

My Reincarnation Screening at Vermont International Film Festival

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The film I recently reviewed, My Reincarnation, will have two screenings at the upcoming Vermont International Film Festival. The first screening will be Tuesday 25 October 2011, 4 PM at the Palace 9 Theater; the second will be Saturday 29 […]

My Reincarnation: A Compelling film by Jennifer Fox

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My Reincarnation is a beautiful documentary film by Jennifer Fox about the dharma, Tibetan Buddhism and culture, family, and living everyday life. Spanning three decades, it is an intimate, almost voyeuristic, look into the lives of the family of a […]

Tibetan Rinpoche Likes Ben & Jerry’s

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is a personal account of a meeting with a remarkable being – a Tibetan Rinpoche. This meeting took place in October of 2003, in the small city of Burlington, in the small state of Vermont. This account is, at […]

Live Webcast from Dharamsala: Mind and Life XXIII, Ecology, Ethics and Interdepence

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In 1984, I attended the Inner Science Conference with the Dalai Lama and Western scientists and clinicians. The Inner Science Conference was the precursor to the Mind and Life Series, that is now in its 23rd incarnation. Amazingly, you can […]

Happy Mindfulness Day!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As I mentioned in a previous recent post, the publisher of my book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, is sponsoring Mindfulness Day, today 12 September 2011. They have invited you to contritbute your experiences with mindfulness […]

Creating a Mindful Society: The Mindfulness Revolution Gathers in New York City

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Omega Institute and the Center for Mindfulness are hosting a conference in New York City called Creating the Mindful Society.The heavy hitters in the field will be there, including Jon Kabat-Zinn and Congressman Tim Ryan who has become an […]

Wisdom Publications Mindfulness Day: 12 September 2011

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Monday, 12 September 2011 has been designated “Mindfulness Day” by Wisdom Publications. For more information click here. While everyday should be a mindfulness day, it is great to see the growing recognition of mindfulness in the public consciousness. If you […]

We Are Constructed Through Metaphor: Article in the New Online Publication “Full Moon Insight Journal”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My article, We Are Constructed Through Metaphor just appeared in the the new online Journal, full moon Insight Journal, from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies where I am a faculty member. The article explores the role of language, metaphor, […]

Waking Up is a Revolutionary Act: A Manifesto for Mindful Living, Part Two: Put Yourself In Context

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

As I alluded to in the entry, The Mindfulness Revolution, any good revolution needs a manifesto. So here it is, part one of ten. There is a book out called the Mindfulness Manifesto and I confess that I haven’t read it. […]

Satya Sai Baba, “Miracle Man of Bangalore” Dead at 85: Reflections on Bliss

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Satya Sai Baba, perhaps India’s most popular guru died the other day at 85 years of age. Read more from the Washington Post >> I first became acquainted with the orange-clad and afro-sporting guru from hearing Ram Dass speak of […]

Happy Birthday Buddha!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In Japan, the Buddha’s birthday is being celebrated today. Actually, it is the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama (or Siddhata Gotama in Pali), the man that later became the Buddha — the awakened one. This is a day of gratitude and […]

Zen Brain 2011: Consciousness and the Fundamental Nature of Mind Series :: Part Two

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Want to learn about your brain on meditation? Listen to the podcasts from this recent conference featuring Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, and others. Here the description from the Upaya Institute and Zen Center website: Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice distinguish […]

Zen Brain 2011: Consciousness and the Fundamental Nature of Mind Series :: Part One

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Want to learn about your brain on meditation? Listen to the podcasts from this recent conference featuring Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, and others. Here the description from the Upaya Institute and Zen Center website: Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice distinguish […]

Metaphors, Meaning & Change: Finding Our Way to Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One week from today I will be presenting a workshop at the Barre Center For Buddhist Studies (BCBS). I invite you to join me (25-27 February 2011). Click here to register.  This is an opportunity to spend a weekend at […]

Nirvana Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today, 15 February, marks the Buddhist holiday of “Nirvana Day.” It celebrates the Buddha’s death at the age of 80 and his transition into paranirvana — the ultimate nirvana.  The idea of paranirvana is predicated on the idea of rebirth. […]

TED Tuesday :: His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch His Holiness the Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, talk about his life and philosophy.   

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 […]

New Year’s Eve — Zen Style

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I celebrated the New Year Zen style at a small Zen temple in a rural corner of Vermont. The evening consisted of meditation (zazen) starting at 5 PM. It’s always a good idea to start with meditation to settle into […]

TED Tuesday :: Kiran Bedi: A police chief with a difference

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness meditation in prison? What better place to practice? Kiran Bedi is a visionary Indian civil servant who, among other things, reformed Tihar prison in New Dehli, one of the biggest and most dangerous prisons in the world. Her work […]

International Human Rights Day

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

10 December marks International Human Rights day that has been observed since 1948. It includes the  On the one hand it is necessary and important to promote the cause of human rights. On the other hand, it is a sad […]

Bodhi Day :: December 8 A Day for Awakening

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today is 8 December and Bodhi is being observed around the world. It marks the day of Siddhartha Guatama’s enlightenment sitting under the pipal tree in what is now Bodhgaya India. This event occurred somewhere between 527 BCE and 444 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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The Train's Eye View of the Landscape
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Mindfulness in Corporate America
Two recent articles in two major publications--The New York Times and The Atlantic--focused on the rising trend of mindfulness in corporate settings and both articles feature the recently published book by David Gelles: Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out. Mindfu

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The Other Kind of PDF: Public Displays of Frustration
The world's number one ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy made a spectacle of himself yesterday during the World Golf Championship tournament at Doral. After pulling his long approach shot into the water on hole number 8, he then launched his 3-iron into the lake. It sailed 60 or 70 yards before splashing

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Mindful in Relationship: The Biggest Spiritual Challenge We Face
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 to our relationships we are progressing along the path. When we c

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