Double MIrror - Anish Kapoor - 1998

Mirror of the Divine

In light of my research, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the relationship between the self and the Other (with a capital “O”). Western philosophical thinking draws a ...

Kālī Pūjā Murti

Contemporary Kālī

That’s it, Mother! The play is done. It’s over, my Happy One. I came into this world To play, took the dust Of this world and played, And now, Daughter ...

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Śakti: The Performance of Gendered Roles at Kamakhya, Assam

Every woman is born into the family of the great goddess “She exists inside, not outside… I look at myself as a goddess, so that she is with me.”


Chinnamastā by Sunday Sinkhwal

Chinnamastā: An Artistic Exploration

“Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain, ...
The Face of Kālī 
© William Clark 2015

Maa Kālī: The Great Mother

Why is Mother Kali so radiantly black? Because she is so powerful, ...
Detail of Chinnamasta Thangka (Tibet)

Chinnamastā: The Goddess Who Decapitates Herself

A simple online catalogue of images for researching Mahāvidyā Chinnamastā—seemingly gruesome, but ...

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Spiritual Practice for a New Generation: Part Two

Reposted from The Slender Thread, by David Ulrich & Laura Dunn The Path of the Ronin We can look to the teachings themselves as a means of shedding light on our exploration of spiritual practice for a new generation. Certain standards or measures exist to insure fidelity of transmission from one person to another. Most […]

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Spiritual Practice for a New Generation

(From The Slender Thread, by David Ulrich & Laura Dunn) Part One As a spiritual seeker, and as a guide and mentor for some, I hold many questions about the state of spiritual practice in today’s world. Many authors and teachers have shared acute observations about the “flatlining” of modern society — that many don’t […]

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10 Books for Yoga and Beyond

People frequently ask for book recommendations, and they ask mostly for ones on the topic of yoga. Yet, I’ve found that some of the most profound teachings come in a myriad of unexpected ways. It’s said that there is truth underlying any authentic spiritual tradition and teaching. Sometimes (rarely), we are lucky enough to find […]

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© Laura Dunn 2013

Staying Open to the Mystery

“I am learning to see. I don’t know why it is, but everything enters me more deeply and doesn’t stop where it used to. I have an interior that I never knew of. Everything passes into it now. I don’t know what happens there.” —Ranier Maria Rilke Each turn of my spiritual work has left […]

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Sacred Heart

Loving What Is

You see, I want a lot Perhaps I want everything: The darkness that comes with every infinite fall And the shivering blaze of every step up.   So many live on and want nothing, And are raised to the rank of prince by the slippery ease of their light judgments.   But what you love […]

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Tibetan Om

Toward the Within: A Contemplative Approach to Asana

If one were to take a survey of the many people involved in yoga today about what brought them into yoga, we would find a huge variety of reasons running the gamut from inner awareness to physical and emotional health and well being. Many arguments ensue over what’s right in terms of why we should […]

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© David Ulrich

Desire and Freedom

“Clad in black robes I should have no attractions to The shapes and scents of this world: But how can I keep my vows Gazing at today’s crimson maple leaves?” -Otagaki Rengetsu Several years ago, I spent time in Southern Thailand conducting research at a Buddhist monastery that specializes in drug rehabilitation. My intention was […]

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The Dance of Opposites

Contemplating Dualism in Yoga “Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” ~Rumi My interest in yoga began more than 15 years ago, when yoga was beginning to get quite popular. Bikram Chodhury had already hit the scene, but had yet to gain international acclaim. Yoga […]

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Creativity & Yoga: New Classes at Pacific New Media

Satya: The Yoga of Truth

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”  —William Blake Growing up in Hawai‘i is an experience that can’t be compared to growing up in many other places. The weather is mild and balmy nearly all the time, the air is clean, people smile often, and for the […]

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black earth

The Missing Peace

Practicing nonviolence in a fractured world This breathtaking image of the Earth is a compilation of photographs taken by NASA satellites over several cloudless nights. Looking upon what NASA calls the “Black Marble Earth” one is awestruck by the immense beauty of the planet. We instantly see our collective wholeness and interrelatedness. In moments of […]

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