Poonam Srivastava


Poonam Srivastava has published a book of Zen poetry titled, A Moment for the Mind, which expounds on the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. She is also involved in popularising new ideas of change in the social sector. She can be contacted at m4moment@gmail.com

Dharma in daily life

After attaining enlightenment, Buddha was inspired to share his learning with the five monks who were his fellow seekers prior to his awakening.

Blame won’t bring change

“There can be no peace as long as there is grinding poverty, social injustice, inequality, oppression, environmental degradation, and as long as the weak and small continue to be trodden by the mighty and powerful. The world’s spiritual and religious leaders need to address these real and pressing issues.”
— The Dalai Lama

Let your light shine

Buddha Purnima is the most important annual Buddhist festival. It is also a unique event as the same day represents three significant milestones in the life of the Buddha. It is a belief that Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and passed away from this world all on this same date.

The Zen of cricket

It has been the season for cricket. Nothing can beat the high of the World Cup mania that gripped us as a nation. It is encore now for another round of play through the Indian Premier League (IPL). I am not an expert or die-hard enthusiast of the game, but even I have been quite hooked on to the passion and euphoria generated by the

Get power in a blink

Let us play a game. Quickly close and open your eyes, just the way you blink. Close and open your eyes again. What did you see when your eyes were closed? Nothing? That is how proximate the meditative experience is to us. You can just blink your eyes for a second and immerse in the emptiness within your self. This can be considered symbolic of the Buddha’s famous teaching of taking refuge in the island of yourself:

Connect with life

In this age of instant coffee, if one was asked the recipe of making coffee, would you be surprised with this answer: Begin with tilling some land and milking cows! If not, then you have a seeker’s mind that discovers depth in the visible but taken for granted facets of life all around us.

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