I am a father of three and husband living and working in NYC. I (attempt to) maintain a daily practice of formal sitting and walking meditation, pujas and sutta reading/chanting.

In general, I try to maintain the the thread of the brahmaviharas throughout most of my posts as they form the core of my practice but, since this is my practice journal, I do at times stray from the cattari brahmavihara (the Four Divine Abidings). I hope that this blog will be of benefit to anyone who should stumble across it.

If you would like to send me an email please do so at cattari.brahmavihara@gmail.com. Every good blessing!


  1. love it.

  2. This is truly an amazing work. Nowaday people like you are very less and I’m really greateful and thankful on behalf all all buddhists around the world.

    Please keep up the good work. THERUWAN SARANA WEWA!

    • Thank you Sisira. Mettaya!

  3. nice, May Buddha bless you.

  4. Thanks for spreading the message of Buddha.


  5. Thank you for spreading the words of Bhudda.

    With Metta.

  6. I to am working husband and father in a big city, London in my case. A good run for me would be 15 mins anapanasati 5-10 times a week. You serve as an encouragement and inspiration to us all, I hope you have support from others as well.

  7. Hello – I hope you don’t mind me writing this here, but I’m hoping you can help me… this isn’t spam, I promise!

    My name is Richard J. Bartlett and I have my own blog on WordPress, The Last Song I Heard – http://thelastsongiheard.wordpress.com – which I predominantly write for my son.

    I’m in the process of writing a book about personal beliefs (or lack, thereof) and was wondering if you’d be interested in contributing.

    I’m trying to get viewpoints from a broad range of people, representing a broad range of beliefs, including agnostics and atheists. My goal is for the reader to be presented with new and thought-provoking ideas about our place in the universe and, hopefully, to find some common ground that between the different beliefs.

    If you’re interested, you can read more about it here – http://thelastsongiheard.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/the-rivers-of-belief-enigma/

    I hope you can contribute – I’d love to read your responses!

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at thelastsongiheard “at” gmail.com


    Richard J. Bartlett

    • I’m not sure what you’re looking for but I’m game. Let me know and be well!

      • The post explains everything 🙂 I’m basically looking for folks to give responses to the questions… the goal being to produce a book with a broad range of spiritual views 🙂

        If you’re not willing or able, that’s totally fine but I’d very much appreciate any responses you might be able to give 🙂

  8. I’m glad to have found your blog, I follow the Mahayana lineage, so it will allow me to learn from the Way of the Elders (Theravada). Putting the Buddha’s teachings into practice into todays fast paced world is something I have to work at. May you always be my teacher.

    • Keith,

      Sorry for the delay. Thank you for your kindness! It is always a blessing to meet fellow Dhamma-farers. Be well!

  9. Hi,
    I just dropped by to say thank you for following http://www.postsofhypnoticsuggestion.wordpress.com, It’s much appreciated.
    I really like what your doing here, so I’ve followed as well
    Wishing you all the best

    PS I’m also on twitter if you fancy following me there: http://www.twitter.com/tbtalks

  10. Your Dhamma sharing is a great inspiration. There are millions of books, audios and Dvds around…the world is rich of knowledge..but what we need are life examples! Buddhas teachings are fresh, practical and available to learn. Thanks very much to share that it is possible in a very normal allday life. Thats the way to happiness and freedom here and now:)

    I.m german buddhist nun in Theravada tradition
    living in Kandy, Sri Lanka

    • Ayya,

      I’m honored by your comments. It is from bhikkhunis like yourself that I continually find inspiration. Please let me know if you ever need anything and I hope to hear from you again. Mettaya!

  11. Thank you for following goinggoa 🙂

  12. Buddham Saranam Gacchami!

    Hello Sir,

    Your blog is a constant source of inspiration for me ever since I found it. I wish I could write to you a few personal thoughts but I could not find an email button. If I am asking too much, please ignore my request.

    I am grateful for all that you share!

    With the kindest regards for you and your loved ones, from Romania,

    • Veronica,

      Thank You for your kind words and for inspiring me to continue this blogging practice. Please email me at cattari.brahmavihara@gmail.com if you’d like. Every good blessing to you!

      • Hey! Thank you for your reply. Just wanted to tell you that I have sent you an email yesterday. Sometimes my emails arrive in the spam. Do not bother to answer quickly – I know how busy and hectic life can be! I only wanted to warn you – I have written it from the heart…

  13. Very inspiring. May the Noble Triple Gem bless you!
    Much merits for the useful links and information.

  14. Thanks for following. I love the look of your blog. Very cool :]

    • Thanks for the compliment. Your blog’s not so shabby either. Take care!

  15. Let me first congratulate you for a useful and meaningful blog. The teaching of Lord Buddha is for practice and not for study.

    I am a Sri Lankan Buddhist and since my retirement about 10 years ago and have devoted myself to both practice and study. The study relate mainly to study of Pali original sources.

    It is possible for me to give some feedback from our traditional practices. Please do not equate it to present-day Buddhism in Sri Lanka,

    Today is Poya-day here. I am observing Uposatha today. While searching for some Dhamma-topic I came across this site. My mood was the Uposatha mood and wrote this e-m.

    I am not sure whether writing in this fashion is proper. If it is inappropriate please forgive me. However, if you wish me to write on some topic from the perspective of a tradition that has existed for over 2300 years, i am glad to do.

    Sukhi Hotu (may you be happy and well)

    • Thank you for your comments. I would be honored to have you share anything you would like about the poya days. I tend to file the Thai Dhammyut sect dates for the Uposatha but the practice is the same. Sukhi hotu!

  16. It’s an inspiration to know that there are those like yourself practicing the Dhamma in accordance to the Dhamma. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!

  17. Nice to read your blog, good sir.
    It feels me with hope and confidence to know others are out there venerating the dhamma by practicing it!

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