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Earthquake in Mexico: how can we help?

I woke up this morning and found my iPhone full of messages from my family and friends, first I began to see some photos of disasters and then I saw a building collapsed in the center of the city where I grew up, in that moment I realized that something horrible had...

Shamatha Course and Retreat

Recently I taught a course on Shamatha meditation at Yamantaka FPMT center in Bogotá, Colombia. Shamatha means calm-abiding and attentional training through meditation. At the end of several weeks of teaching and practice, we had a meditation retreat to put all the...

What projects are worthwhile?

Have you ever felt motivated to do a project that at the time seemed very significant, or get involved in a job or activity that would be of much benefit to others? But as you started to develop it, you started to face the obstacles that come with any type of business...

Cultivating a brave compassion

Friends, here's a great video of Ven. Robina Courtin in which she teaches us how to cultivate a brave compassion. The translation into Spanish was carried out by me during her teaching cycle in Bogotá. Enjoy it and if you have questions, I'll be happy to answer them....

Motivation

Our motivation is what determines whether our meditation practice is a superficial patch to relieve some stress and relax us, or if it is a deeper practice that can lead us to completely free ourselves from dissatisfaction, pain, fear and discover genuine happiness....

Introduction to Meditation

The word meditation is sometimes used to refer to the act of reflection or relaxation. But in the context of contemplative traditions meditation involves habituating the mind, training it to cultivate specific mental states, habituating it to think or to visualize in...