What Is Nirvana?

Nirvana is the calming and the extinction of the afflictions and obstacles of the knowable. Nirvana is sometimes called the truth of extinction and cessation. Extinction is the absence or calming of suffering — it is peace and freedom.


Enjoying the Ultimate
Thich Nhat Hanh

What Is Practice?

Ourself

Our practice is our own selves. It’s not some thing, some formula that you can learn from a book and do it. It’s not a form of calisthenics.

Awareness & Repetition

Practice is the act of placing our awareness on what is occurring in this moment the best we can. It is the attention to this moment. It is the act of being as honest as we can in noticing what is really going on with us in the moment, noticing that we may not like what’s going on, and noticing our thoughts and impulses about what we would prefer to be going on.

Practice is experiencing what all of this is in our body, our being, and resting in that. Practice is doing this over and over, many many times, until it just wears out.

This Moment

We are the joy, love, and compassion of this moment, regardless of what it may look like on the outside.


Ordinary Wonder
Charlotte Joko Beck

Mindfulness, Awareness & Relaxation

Living Mindfully

Paying attention to what you are doing right now is mindfulness. Just breathing — that’s mindfulness! Just walking — that’s mindfulness! Just eating — that’s mindfulness! In mindfulness is relaxation. How many moments in our life have we lived mindfully? The more moments we can count, the more relaxed we will likely feel.


The One-Minute Meditator: Relieving Stress and Finding Meaning in Everyday Life
David Nichol and Bill Birchard