Author: Still Sitting

Who is Bodhidharma?

In Buddhist lore, few figures loom as large and enigmatic as Bodhidharma, a man whose fierce scowl, framed by deep vermillion robes, is pervasive from East to West.  Revered for transmitting the teachings of Chan Buddhism, the predecessor of Zen Buddhism, from India to China and becoming one of the patriarchs of Zen and Shaolin,… Read more »

What is a zafu?

When you meditate, you must, almost invariably, sit on something. Thus the idea of a meditation cushion was born: an inconspicuous accessory that can not only improve posture, but also offer a modicum of comfort. Whether you practice Buddhism or are merely dipping your toes into meditation, you are likely to encounter a squat, circular… Read more »

What are mala beads?

If you do meditation or yoga, you’ve probably seen mala beads before. These beautiful beads, often worn around the wrist, are not just fashion accessories; they can hold  spiritual significance and serve as an aid to mindfulness practice. Mala beads have a rich history deeply rooted in the religions of India, including Buddhism and Hinduism.… Read more »

How to Start Meditating in the New Year

As we enter 2024, turning the page on another year, many will set resolutions for personal growth and well-being. Meditation can help with these goals, so here is no better time to begin your journey. Whether you’re interested in helping with stress, pursuing some mental clarity, or just looking for a bit of calm, meditation is… Read more »

What is Buddhist New Year?

Buddhist New Year is a time of reflection, renewal, and celebration. This auspicious holiday is a reminder of the impermanence of all things and an occasion to make a fresh start. It encourages us to release attachments to the past and embrace the present moment with open hearts and clear minds. In Japan, the new… Read more »

The Dharma of Scrooge

The story of the miserly, old Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Tucked into the holiday story are lessons on generosity, redemption, and greed. Though the story centers on the Christmas holiday, it has become popular to interpret it through a Buddhist lens. We can call… Read more »

Meditation in Winter: Embrace the Cold

As the winter arrives with gusts, sleet, and flurries, greet it as a fresh opportunity to engage with your practice. Meditation often forces us to grapple with our discomfort, both mental and physical. The cold does the same — but it takes a conscious effort to appreciate. Winter meditation gives you the opportunity to push… Read more »

The ’12 Days Of Stillness’ Sale

The holiday season is upon us and we are bringing back our “12 Days of Stillness” sale to highlight some of our favorite products. Find a meaningful gift for yourself or a loved one this year — at a great discount. Each day from December 1-12, we will offer a discount on a different product.… Read more »

A Mindfulness Guide for Holiday Stress

It’s that time of year again, so before things get too hectic, take a moment and slow down. Our mindfulness guide for holiday stress will give you some quick and easy tips to help you survive the madness. The bustling holiday season is upon us, a time for connecting, giving gifts, sharing food, and spreading… Read more »

Meditation Gifts: Holiday Shopping Guide 2023

Looking for meaningful gift for a meditator this holiday season? Our holiday shopping guide for 2023 has meditation gifts for everyone, whether you are just getting into meditation practice or have years of experience. This holiday season, do something different: buy a gift that will last a lifetime and inspire action. Take that first step… Read more »