Buddhist Psychology: Langri Thangpa’s Mind Training

In 2002 I was first introduced to Buddhist Psychology. At the time, the practice and study was little known in colleges, and usually only within the Jungian tradition, or through Erich Fromm, D.T. Suzuki, and Richard De Martino's groundbreaking, 1970 text, Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis. Undergraduate courses on the subject were not common, and the idea of the…Read more Buddhist Psychology: Langri Thangpa’s Mind Training

A Parent Asks, "How often should my child be practicing?"

I received an E-mail from a parent in Warren County, New Jersey who was inquiring into piano lessons for their 13 year old. "How many hours per week should they be practicing?" they asked. This is a great question, and one that many people have. I would like to share my response for others who…Read more A Parent Asks, "How often should my child be practicing?"

You Are Your Child’s First Music Teacher

How old were you when you started taking music lessons? Most people begin weekly, private music lessons at around the age of six years. Six years old is a good age to begin private lessons, and it is typically the age that I will begin to see students. However, your child's music education should begin…Read more You Are Your Child’s First Music Teacher

Fear, Anxiety, Self-Confidence & Singing

Have you ever noticed that people who sing are often happier, less anxious, and have a greater sense of who they are? It turns out that singing is one of the most effective ways of transforming even the most timid person into an autonomous, self-assured, and confident person. The Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler proposed that we…Read more Fear, Anxiety, Self-Confidence & Singing

Pretty in Pinko: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marxism but Were Afraid to Ask Molly Ringwald

Imagine this. It's just a decade after the U.S. is withdrawing the last troops from the war in Viet Nam. The nation is mourning the loss of school teacher/astronaut Christa McAuliffe and 6 fellow astronauts who died on the Space Shuttle Challenger. And an actor and former FBI informant on communist sympathizers is serving his…Read more Pretty in Pinko: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marxism but Were Afraid to Ask Molly Ringwald