Featured Articles and Journals: Buddhism

May 30, 2014
When I began studying Buddhism around eight years ago, a weekend retreat seemed like a big deal. Then I heard about month-long retreats, and thought that must be a vestige of some archaic past. Who can leave their life for a month to go on retreat?...
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May 24, 2014
Remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed animal who was loved so deeply by a young boy that he became alive? I've been playing with idea of that as metaphor for being -- only there's no boy. We have to love ourselves into Reality.
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May 11, 2014
It's said, in traditional Buddhism, that over the course of our many lifetimes every being has been our mother. In traditional Asian societies, this was meant to help us see with the eyes of love and compassion.
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May 5, 2014
In re-listening to one of Ethan Nichtern's classes at the IDP, I was struck by something he almost said. In a class about the importance of sangha (the collective level), he stated that if you were all alone in the universe, enlightenment could...
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May 3, 2014
For many years, I thought the best way to get through life was to be prepared for the worst. Going into a situation, I'd envision the worst thing that could happen and how I would deal with it. I would be ready -- even if it rarely, if ever, came to...
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May 1, 2014
another day of business as usual on planet earth  as climate disruption melts away the future of life as oligarchs consolidate their power
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May 1, 2014
A recent conversation brought about the following conclusion: people are always going to put greed ahead of happiness because happiness is non-essential.
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May 1, 2014
Human Journey, an initiative of Desmond Tutu, is challenging us to use the month of May to ingrain our forgiveness practice.
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April 30, 2014
  (Outside an office building somewhere. Two desk jockeys on a smoke break. Tlights up. Bpuffs on an electronic cigarette. ) T: Howdy Buddhism, how are ya? B: Impermanent as ever. What's up with you Technology? Thought you quit. T: Nope. Too...
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April 30, 2014
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between Buddhism and Marxism, so here're some of the thoughts on the matter that have been bouncing around in my head lately, presented in a nicely organised format.
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April 28, 2014
The New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone, posted an interesting interview yesterday with Buddhist philosopher Jay L.
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April 23, 2014
A British woman is being held in a detention camp in Sri Lanka prior to being deported. Her offense? Having a tattoo of a buddha.
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April 18, 2014
Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier...
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April 14, 2014
I've been watching the free online course on Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Princeton professor Robert Wright (available here).
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April 12, 2014
I was on retreat last fall with a teacher whose message is to meet everything with compassion. "Enlightenment is when you meet all the pain in life with compassion," he said. I don't know what that means, I said.
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April 8, 2014
David Brooks' excellent piece in the NY Times reminded me of these thoughts I had written some time ago.
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April 5, 2014
In the world of corporate mindfulness, Google -- which is so ubiquitous that its name is synonymous with "search online" -- has an equally impressive teacher: Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay, as he is known by followers, has sold more than 2 million...
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April 1, 2014
This extraordinary description of fearless love, on behalf of my 3-year-old, is a constant reminder to soften, listen, and open to my shaky heart. Here, my 3- year-old describes – without prompting or any previous conversations about love, human...
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March 29, 2014
Hatred has never stopped hatred. Only love stops hate. This is the eternal law. - The Still Point Dhammapada It's not easy to love those who hate -- especially those who preach hate and shove their hatred in the faces of other people when they are...
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March 28, 2014
It was around four in the morning when I was awakened by a drunken group of weekend party people on the street outside my window singing an off-key rendition of Don’t You Want Me Baby. I was amazed at how a song I’d always loved so much could...
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March 27, 2014
According to a new study out of Division of Substance Abuse at Columbia Psychiatry, when it comes to long-term results, a treatment program structured to incorporate mindfulness meditation is better for supporting participants in relapse...
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March 22, 2014
A new study by Canadian researchers says that mindfulness can reduce chocolate cravings.
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March 15, 2014
The first time I saw Oprah Winfrey, who has a net worth of $2.9 billion, promoting mindfulness on the cover of O! Magazine, I was taken aback. I was fairly new to Buddhist studies then, and I was protective of the dharma. How did mindfulness -- the...
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March 12, 2014
Today, March 12, is the 25th anniversary of the day that Tim Boerners-Lee presented his vision for a way to connect all the computers in the world. At that time, he says, he called it "mesh." He came up with World Wide Web in 1990 when he began...
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March 11, 2014
Many people confuse kindness and love with co-dependency and giving-in, and fear that being kind would mean allowing others to hurt or harm you or others.  The reality is that wisdom leads to discernment, which means that kindness is used in...
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