Sally Keys

A Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment — dogs embody many Buddhist principles and have Buddha Nature

Can dogs walk with us on the path to enlightenment? In 2018, about 85 million families in the U.S. owned a pet, 60.2% of which were dogs. Faithful, kind, forgiving; compassionate words associated with dogs. They are the ...

Buddhism 108: Much more than the number of beads on a mala

There are 108 beads on a mala; in yoga, the 12 postures of the sun salutations are often completed in rounds of nine; and pranayamic breathing is often practiced in cycles of 108. Several eastern spiritual paths, including ...

The secular Buddhist approach to managing money wisely — as taught in Sutra

“We need to have some kind of system for measuring how we consume, produce, and share. So there will always be money in any complex society. And any human who wants to pay the rent has to learn ...

Buddha’s advice on diet can be healthy — losing weight and earning merit with a vegan or vegetarian diet

Buddha once said, “eating meat has countless offences” and is the "root of great suffering." [Lankavatara Sutra] Buddha also taught moderation and to abstain from taking life. Today, one of the most popular of diets, both for weight-loss ...

Long distance relationship as Buddhist practice? How to cope with missing a loved one from a Buddhist perspective.

For people who are in love, or who have their very best friend living miles away, it can feel like a little piece is missing from their lives. If you are involved with someone who lives far away, ...

Transcendental Meditation: insight and stress relief. Buddha: “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”

Twenty-six centuries ago (or so) Buddha is attributed with saying (see note): “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” Seven-hundred years later, philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, “The Happiness of Your ...

Meditation for children: Peer-reviewed studies support structured meditation in classrooms and homes to help children deal with depression, negative coping and self-hostility

Meditation is an essential component of Buddhism that enables us to settle, concentrate, and connect body and mind. Study after study has shown the many benefits it can bring us, including a greater sense of calm, understanding, and ...

Technology and apps for Buddhist meditation: useful in modern life — especially with between 500 million and 1.6 billion Buddhists worldwide

There are between 500 million and 1.6 Billion Buddhists worldwide — depending on which study you cite — an impressive percentage of the population. Many are business people, medical professionals, office workers and others who use technology on a ...

Having trouble focusing during meditation? Lack of sleep may be the issue; 70 million US adults suffer a sleep disorder

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. This doesn't just result in poor performance at work, drowsy and dangerous driving, and major health issues — it may be preventing you from ...

Quiet and space for your practice: ultimately, we need only our minds — but a quiet, dedicated meditation space at home can enhance Buddhist practice.

According to Sutra, after Buddha was Enlightened under the Bodhi tree, on a full moon day in May, he — kept silent. For an entire week he didn't speak a single word. According to the most colorful stories ...

Reconnecting with nature to reboot our “spiritual self” activates a feeling of self-transcendence

Today’s modern world demands that we race along, doing things too quickly without taking into consideration the world around us. To make matters worse, wars, conflicts, pollution and other global concerns are all contributing to the imbalance of ...