Sometimes when the going gets hard I hear Sylvia Boortstein whisper in my ear, “it’s easier than you think”.
Sylvia’s the renowned buddhist teacher and one of the pillars of western Buddhism. If you make your way anywhere near the infamous Spirit Rock Meditation Center on a Wednesday morning, stopping to drink in a little of her brand of dharma is altering and holy.spirit-rock

She has taken ancient teachings and unwrapped them from the cloaks of culture and re-presented them in a pure, clean and practical way that very few others can. Sitting with her for just a simple two hours I was again reminded why she is owed the merits we garner from practicing her wisdom in all our affairs.

You can find her podcast dharma talks HERE and if you get the chance to curl up and binge read pure and simple wisdom at it’s finest, Sylvia has given us a treasure chest of wisdom in her books:

Bhante Sujatha, Sylvia Boorstein and Tyler Lewke at Spirit Rock Meditation Center September, 2016
Bhante Sujatha, Sylvia Boorstein and Tyler Lewke at Spirit Rock Meditation Center September, 2016

1) Happiness is an inside job: Practicing for a joyful life
2) It’s easier than you think: The Buddhist way to happiness
3) Pay attention, for goodness sake! The Buddhist path to kindness
4) Solid Ground: Buddhist wisdom for difficult times
5) That’s funny, you don’t look like a Buddhist
6) Don’t just do something, sit there! A mindfulness retreat

“Becoming aware of fragility, of temporality, of the fact that we will surely all be lost to one another, sooner or later, mandates a clear imperative to be totally kind and loving to each other always.”
Sylvia Boorstein, It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

 

“The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in.”
Sylvia Boorstein

 

… life is difficult and painful, just by its very nature, not because we’re doing it wrong.”
Sylvia Boorstein, It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

 

“I love the phrase ‘I am not afraid!’ Maybe it’s the best phrase we can say, other than ‘I have everything I need.’ Maybe they are the same.”
Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

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The new Dharma hall at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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