Inward Learning is about seeing our life as practice. This page is a home for information about live Inward Learning study, as well as online resources for every day practice.
The resources listed here are discussions that have spurred questions in my own practice of self reflection, and I share them here in the hopes that they can encourage curiosity on your own path.
Read: What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party
In thinking about what I will share for my Art of Contemplative Care workshop, I have been thinking about how we struggle feeling that we know what to say or do for someone we know is suffering. We can get so locked up in doing the right thing that we end up doing nothing at all. I love Sheryl Sandberg's suggestion that we not wait for cues but to "just show up." In other words, we don't treat the person like they are broken, we treat them like they are loved. Simply that. This recent article in the New York Times makes the same plea from a woman living with cancer. Rather than people trying to find the right words, she appreciates when friends treat her like herself, like her living self. This kind of care is about holding up another's aliveness, not trying to fix their sickness or grief.
Listen: John O'Donohue
Lately, I've been exploring the intersection of poetry and prayer. This poem is one which I share often in my chaplaincy work.
Remember: Michael Stone
To our dear teacher, friend, father, husband, so much to so many people. We will miss you dearly. Thank you for all the love you gave so freely. May we manifest the love you gave to us in the world you leave behind.
Read here the reflections of the some of the incredible women who are holding up the sangha around Michael and bringing his teachings to life in the light of his death.
May all beings be happy. May all beings be healthy. May all beings be safe and free from danger. May all beings be free from their ancient and twist karma. May all beings be free from every form of suffering.
Watch: Stephen Jenkinson
"What if meaning is not hidden? What if it's not something to find? What if that's not the story?" Teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School Stephen Jenkinson points our attention toward the questions beyond the search for meaning. https://orphanwisdom.com/
Talk: Michael Stone
Michael Stone's podcasts are an endless source for self study and contemplation. Michael puts almost every public talk he does online, and these teachings are not made-for-the-internet quick fixes, they are deep teachings from the heart. This recent talk reflecting on the koan "I saw you fall, so I helped" spoke to the necessity of opening our practice to a more global scale of compassion.
To learn about Michael's workshops, retreats, and online study, please visit www.michaelstoneteaching.com.
Read: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
After the 2016 election, the inspiring Buddhist teacher shared her reflections on why, as practitioners, this is the moment we have been waiting for. Read her reflections here.