You Do Not Have To Be Good ~ Tim Burnett

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Right. Remembering these lines I feel something in my gut unclench a bit. I find...

The Calm Within the Storm ~ Michael Kelberer

By all accounts the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of equanimity. In the face of persecution, a lifetime of exile, the responsibility of both an entire nation and an entire religion, he has always seemed grounded, open-eyed and to be acting from a base of strength....

Meeting a Challenging Moment ~ Tim Burnett

Dear Friends, We finally kissed 2020 goodbye a few weeks ago, hoping for more peaceful, healthy, and productive times ahead. And yet as I write this, the U.S. is breaking tragic records for deaths from Covid-19 and Congress is debating whether to impeach President...

On Walking Meditation (instructions)

by Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart Select a quiet place where you can walk comfortably back and forth, indoors or out, about ten to thirty paces in length. Begin by standing at one end of this “walking path,” with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Let your...

An Exploration of Forgiveness ~ Tim Burnett

To Forgive: (1) to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) (2) to give up any claim to requital (compensation or retaliation) (3) to grant relief from debt. [Merriam-Webster] “To forgive is to abandon all hope of a better past.” – author...

Contemplative Self-Care ~ Tim Burnett

Dear Friends, Lately I’ve been thinking about how I can support myself better in living more deeply in the way I intend: to be more grounded and deliberate in my choices at home, especially. And since I’m home so much more, this matters. Work, play, rest,...

Roots of Mindfulness 2020 – The Three Marks of Existence

by Tim Burnett & Robin Boudette, October 2020 THE BUDDHIST ROOTS OF MINDFULNESS 2020 In October 2020, Mindfulness Northwest Executive Director and Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett co-led a 7-day retreat on the teachings on the foundational Buddhist teaching of the...

Love in a Time of Turmoil ~ Michael Kelberer

With my serenity, sense of well-being, and actual well-being assaulted on many fronts lately, I’ve been feeling desperate to make things better. At the same time, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the size and number of crises in our world right now. Maybe you can...

Roots of Compassion 2020 – Deep Teachings on Patience

by Tim Burnett, September 2020 THE BUDDHIST ROOTS OF MINDFULNESS 2020 In August 2020, Mindfulness Northwest Executive Director and Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett co-led a 5-day retreat on the Buddhist teachings on patience with reference to the 8th Century Indian teacher...

The Thread You Follow ~ Tim Burnett

Dear Friends, There’s a poem by William Stafford called “The Way It Is” that we share in class sometimes: There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You...