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Editor's Note: Dharma is one of my teachers in NY City, and his sun salutes have evolved to include forearm balance and splits since his classes draws advanced practitioners. Here is a nice presentation of the basic sun salutations. ~Donna





Editor's Note: Christopher Titmuss, a former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, teaches Awakening and Insight Meditation around the world. He is the founder and director of the Dharma Facilitators Programme and the Living Dharma programme, an online mentor programme for Dharma practitioners. He gives retreats, participates in pilgrimages (yatras) and leads Dharma gatherings. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in Bodh Gaya, India since 1975 and leads an annual Dharma Gathering in Sarnath since 1999...



by Janya Wongspa RYT, CAS, PKS

Actually, it is very helpful to look outside and dream. I did a lot of it growing up. I still do. But now I make sure that I look inside as much if not more often.  I listen to Dharma talk as much as I listen to NPR. Buddhist teachings help me relate to external things internally. If I see a misery out there I need to recognize it inside my heart...

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A true self-reflection is worth its weight in gold. Ayurveda and Yoga teacher Janya Wongspa offers some insight into our deepest inspiration in her personal reflection, "Secrets of a Charmed Life." Since 2013 offers new light and opportunities for us to grow, learn and share, take a moment to reflect on your life, your goals and the people that surround you. Namaste & Happy New Year



"When you become enlightened, you personify goodness."

~ Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya




by Geshe Rabten

Concentration is important in both Dharma practice and ordinary life. The Tibetan word for the practice of concentration is shi-nä (zhi-gNas). Shi means peace and nä means to dwell; shi-nä, then, is dwelling in peace or being without busyness.


Editor’s Note: Geshe Rabten was a great Buddhist scholar, debater and meditation master. He escaped to India in 1959 where he was the teacher of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In the mid-1960s he was appointed as a spiritual assistant to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And, to make this easy for those who aren’t as familiar with Buddhism...Dharma is the teachings of Buddha. “Dharma” means “protection.”




by Cynthia Kneen

No one is maturing solo. No one is a turquoise flower blossoming exquisitely in the air without the help of dirt, water, sunshine and roots that came from seeds that were cared for and produced an effect. We blossom because others help us...


Editor's Note from Diane Renz: How to come into your full human potential with a brave, strong, yet tender heart. From a longtime Dharma teacher, words to support and inspire your journey.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What are our goals in life? How do we explain that which we are meant to do? In this unique TED talk from Ayurvedic and Chinese Practitioner Jonathan Glass, 5 goals of Ayurveda are explored. Dharma, artha, kama, moksha and the overarching goal of love. Sanskrit has at least 96 words for love, as it the most important gift we can give ourselves and others. Enjoy Jonathan's Glass discussion of these goals and how they can be applied to your personal world. Namaste.



by David G Arenson ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living

We are born of the Earth, neither of the East nor of the West.

Wisdom is everlasting, never-ending and always changing. The wisdom of the ages is to be cherished and venerated, yet if we cannot filter it through our own internal resources, then we can be easily misled...

Editor's Note from David Arenson: What did the Buddha mean by the “middle path” and how is it relevant to our living philosophy? How can we incorporate "balance" into the rhythms of daily life? How can we understand and reframe the Eastern versus the Western approaches for spiritual evolution in a modern context? What is the purpose of our life within a framework of "dharma?" If every person sang their song as Divine particles and instruments of God, the universe would vibrate ecstatically. Imagine this world – or better, create it.


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