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August 1, 2015
I don't have to tell you that the world is a mean place. You know that -- you're on the Internet, which some days seems like nothing more than a place to share hatred and rage and stories of the awful way people treat other beings. It can feel...
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July 28, 2015
Daniel de Sosa is an American-born comics artist living in the United Kingdom inspired by science fiction, heavy metal, screwball comedy, and Buddhist tales and traditions. Like many artists too irreverent or weird to secure corporate patronage, he...
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July 27, 2015
Director of SCPS Leroy Smith helps a member of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at a July 18th rally in Columbia, South Carolina.  Photo by @robgodfrey via Twitter. 
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July 25, 2015
My mom recently heard about an organization that grants senior citizens' wishes, like those groups that send terminally ill children and their families to Disney World, but this was for regular seniors with no special issues. This led her to think...
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July 21, 2015
The racially motivated massacre in Charleston last month was the turning point for me.  Looking at the images of the nine innocent people slaughtered at the hands of a white supremacist man really sent chills up my spine.
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July 20, 2015
I was fortunate to spend a week this month on retreat with a teacher who had kickstarted my personal exploration of the Buddhist path a few years ago. By then, I'd been studying Buddhism for a while, but it had been largely intellectual until I did...
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July 14, 2015
Excerpt from The Art of Disappearing by Ajahn Brahm.
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July 8, 2015
I often wonder how many others are like me -- those who are attempting to meditate, who really want to achieve that level of being that can only be found in meditation, but feel there is a seemingly unsurmountable wall that keeps you from doing it...
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June 30, 2015
Excerpt from 12 Steps on the Buddha’s Path by Laura S.
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June 29, 2015
I sat outside on a lovely early summer morning. The sun played hide-and-seek with the clouds, which in turn were playing chase with the breezes. The garden had turned a rich green from the recent rains, and the strawberry flowers whispered of treats...
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June 23, 2015
“What would be most helpful for you to put down in order to be here wholeheartedly?” asked Christina Feldman in the opening talk. Our group of a hundred meditators had a week of practice ahead of us.
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June 23, 2015
Excerpt from Freedom from Anger by Venerable Sumanasara. 1. Don’t Flatter Anger
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June 20, 2015
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?   -The Dhammapada
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June 18, 2015
When I heard about the mass murder in Charleston, SC this morning, my first reaction was an awful feeling of sadness, quickly followed by outrage, then blame.  I thought to myself, "It's the fault of the NRA, ineffectual politicians,...
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June 16, 2015
Excerpt from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith. A Practice and Reflection on Wisdom
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June 15, 2015
The BBC website has a recent article "Bhutan's Dark Secret to Happiness".  What's the "dark secret"?   Death.
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June 13, 2015
My Buddhist teacher shared this photo of a T-shirt she saw someone wearing at the airport, commenting that it seems like a good message. Practice like a champion. Since my teacher suggested it, I have to think about it. That's the deal. What does it...
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June 11, 2015
Pain is tough, of course, but the thoughts and feelings of shame which pain can stir up are the real nightmare. In my own history and my private practice teaching adults with pain, feelings of shame are never far behind a chronic pain condition. In...
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June 9, 2015
Excerpt from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
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June 6, 2015
  Buddhism is often seen these days as a supremely rational philosophical system or belief system, depending on your stance. Investigate everything, the Buddha said. Do not believe anything just because I tell you it is so -- look into it for...
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June 5, 2015
An article in today's Guardian reports that Thai brand strategist Sirikul Laukaikul is offering corporate clients "karma marketing" tools; a way to promote their produc
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June 5, 2015
You’ve heard of eight-minute abs, but have you heard of an eight-minute body scan? This short embodiment practice is for when you’re lost in worry, feeling a bit frantic, or out of touch with your body. In this audio, I’ll guide you to include the...
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May 29, 2015
I've been writing for the IDP blog on a regular basis for almost five years -- not because I think I have great insights to share but because it needs to be done. I've worked on daily newspapers for all of my adult life (except for six horrible...
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