Is Secular Mindfulness for the Better?

Mindfulness has hit the big time. It's in schools, it's in hospitals, it's even at Google and Facebook and General Motors. Many of our friends are delighted by this development. Others are dismayed and disturbed. Here are some thoughts about the situation, written with my friend and fellow meditation teacher, Scott Tusa.

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Craig Hase
Why Shave Your Head?

Three blogs back I mentioned that Devon and I plan to shave our heads before we step into meditation retreat for a few months in September.

Which made some folks ask: why the heck would anyone shave their head?

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Craig Hase
Thoughts on Where We're Headed

I have never in my life wanted a job. I have never wanted a career. I have never wanted, for any minute that I can recall, to be settled, have children, buy a house, mend gutters, go to cocktail parties, or talk about what's on TV.

When I was young, people told me this was a phase. They said I would regret my flagrant disregard for our culture's norms. Now I'm forty-one years old. And, if anything, I have only clarified my intention to walk away from it all.

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Craig Hase
Conversations with Joseph (Emptiness)

Ah yes, emptiness. The cornerstone of the Buddha's teaching—the realization of which leads to absolute non-clinging, the total end of suffering, and something we sometimes call "enlightenment" or "awakening."

The problem, of course, is that while emptiness is actually a non-conceptual experience, to train in it, we need teachings and methods.

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Craig Hase
Conversations with Joseph (2)

I don't really feel like I'm a dharma teacher. I mean, sometimes people put a microphone in front of me and I say something. Sometimes I write something and send it out to a few friends. But mostly I just feel like a dharma student who likes to have conversations with other dharma students about the dharma.

Still, when I told my friend Cortland about this a month ago, he laughed at me.

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Craig Hase
Conversations with Joseph

This weekend I had the chance to speak with my teacher and mentor Joseph Goldstein on the phone. I try to check in with Joseph every few months about my meditation practice, my dharma study, and especially my developing role as somebody who shares these things with others.

In this conversation Joseph and I talked about:

1. Being a dharma mutt
2. The role of dharma teacher
3. Emptiness

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Craig Hase