Chinnamastā by Sunday Sinkhwal

Chinnamastā: An Artistic Exploration

“Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain, and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, ...

The Face of Kālī 
© William Clark 2015

Maa Kālī: The Great Mother

Why is Mother Kali so radiantly black? Because she is so powerful, that even mentioning her name destroys delusion. Because she is so beautiful, Lord Shiva, Conquerer of death, lies ...

Detail of Chinnamasta Thangka (Tibet)

Chinnamastā: The Goddess Who Decapitates Herself

A simple online catalogue of images for researching Mahāvidyā Chinnamastā—seemingly gruesome, but a possible symbol of self-sacrifice and liberation for the sake of others. One day Pārvatī went to bathe ...



Spiritual Practice for a New Generation: Part Two

Reposted from The Slender Thread, by David Ulrich & Laura Dunn The ...

Spiritual Practice for a New Generation

(From The Slender Thread, by David Ulrich & Laura Dunn) Part One ...

10 Books for Yoga and Beyond

People frequently ask for book recommendations, and they ask mostly for ones ...

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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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A Light in the Darkness: The Journey Towards Wisdom

            A famous Zen parable tells the story of a visiting professor who comes to the home of a tea master for the tea ceremony. With great attention and care, the master prepares the tea —with a seriousness of intent, reverence of attitude, and a joyful, lightness of action. When the […]

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The Yoga of Dying

As I have gotten older the reality of death and dying has started to show itself more and more. Many of my elders have passed, many relationships have ended, and all of my relationships have in some way changed form. As we get older the reality of death becomes constant, both literally and figuratively. In […]

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Coming Together: The Meaning of Satsang

“We obviously cannot confront this tangled world alone…. It takes 
no great insight to realize that we have no choice but to think together, 
ponder together, in groups and communities. The question is how to do this. 
How to come together and think and hear each other in order to touch, 
or be touched by […]

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