Featured Articles and Journals: Basic Goodness

December 16, 2013
The first truth of Buddhism is that suffering is inevitable. There's birth, old age, sickness, and death -- and Instagram. Actually, according to a New York Times article, "The  Agony of Instagram," the photo-sharing app is related to the...
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November 26, 2013
Could there be a link between meditation practice and the shifting of corporate concerns to align with the greater good? Can coaching based on introspection and meditation programs delivered in the business world impact the probability to act...
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October 4, 2013
  I’m making a grave error by committing these words to a blog post, because the very act of doing so implies that my words alone can help you. I fear that you might hold onto these words which would be a huge mistake, because words that are...
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by Paul S
September 4, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. In my view, Buddhism is a journey of cultivating the heart, and towards that...
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May 3, 2013
One day, a baby fish asked his mother, “Mom, everyone is always talking about the sea...where is this ‘sea‘ I keep hearing about?” “It’s all around you,” she replied, “you’re swimming in it!” “Then why can’t I see it?” said the baby fish.
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March 22, 2013
In my life as an educator, one lesson has served me and my students more than any other: in order to provide a good education to students of all backgrounds, a teacher must have high standards and have
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November 19, 2012
  There are two kinds of confidence: the kind you pump up and the kind to which you wake up. Conditional confidence comes from some kind of credential. If I read a book about cooking, I'm confident I know something about cooking. If I get...
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November 12, 2012
  We live in a world that emphasizes results, rewards, and winning. If we buy something at a store we get our rewards card swiped in order to accumulate points that lead to a future benefit. Many of us get up early in the morning in order to...
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October 18, 2012
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”   ...
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May 2, 2012
To be perfectly honest, I have been an awful Buddhist, an even worse meditation teacher. Since I started working full-time, my practice has been quite bare bones. What’s worse is that I have been easily lured into hateful, angry, and insecure...
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February 6, 2012
Accepting the love and support of others is a great challenge for me, and throughout my life I've emotionally closed down or cut off the concerns and help of friends and family. This defense reaction served me well during a chaotic childhood,...
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January 21, 2012
Does meditation make you prettier?
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September 18, 2011
(Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Amongst the ongoing fears of plague, peak oil, and drastic climate change which adorn our era (and at the timely tail end of a lingering cough and cold), I saw Steven Soderbergh's new movie Contagion...
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July 18, 2011
Being good enough is a practice, one that combines lots of Buddhist skills: patience, acceptance, loving kindness, appreciation, generosity. It requires nonjudgmental, kind, present-moment awareness.  
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June 25, 2011
Sitting on the cushion, watching my mind lets me see that there is a gap – however infinitesimal – between the stimulus and the response. If I am aware enough to notice the gap, I can then choose how to react: to mouth off, to back off...
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June 6, 2011
  Meditation is a lot like weeding; we’re just clearing stuff away so that what’s really underneath it all has a chance to show itself. Each time we practice we’re starting the process of working with our fertile minds,...
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