Featured Articles and Journals: Buddhism

February 13, 2015
In the movie "The Babadook," there's a moment when the viewer knows the evil spirit has infiltrated the main character. Until this point, she has been the embodiment of sweet patience -- responding gently and evenly to everyone, never with a hint of...
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January 31, 2015
Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness 28-Day meditation challenge starts Sunday and runs through February. It couldn't come at a better time.
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January 30, 2015
This post’s posting is attempted through a mobile platform on my phone -- a first for me. I normally work off a laptop, for which I may be holding a burial service. Upon reaching for it to write this post, I dropped it approximately six feet onto a...
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January 24, 2015
As a practitioner of Buddhism, I don’t think about myself in terms of gender. I try to cut through such concepts and rest in the true condition of unborn and unceasing luminous emptiness, the ground of being. -- Lama Tsultrim Allione
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January 22, 2015
In this photo, my dog, Margaux, (pictured with my son), is the warrior.  In this photo, my son, the ninja, is also the warrior.  Beyond the frame of this photo, my husband, my daughter, my other dog, Claude, are, and I am, the warrior....
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January 22, 2015
One of the hardest things in the world is watching somebody lose it over seemingly nothing. It is not only confounding and bewildering, but you’re suddenly dealing with a person with no emotional compass and little ability to reason. Our own...
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January 21, 2015
A Buddhist teacher I respect a great deal once proclaimed a warning about meditation: Don't do it unless you're willing to change. If you're one of the two gazillion people aiming to launch a meditation practice in this new year, please heed that...
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January 18, 2015
Everyone wants intimacy.
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January 15, 2015
When I conceived this video, I felt an enormous, burdensome weight of self doubt, judgment, and anxiety.  I questioned whether shooting it was the right thing to do.  Did its content fall in line with the message I want to share with...
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January 11, 2015
It would feel dishonest not to write about the events of the past week since that's what's been on my mind and in my practice. But it's very raw and fresh and confusing, and there's already been so much written in an attempt to make sense or...
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January 3, 2015
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr said in Selma, Alabama. Karma says we each ultimately get what we deserve. If justice is inevitable, what do we do right now? Does it matter? It is,...
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December 24, 2014
The holidays can be a difficult time. Seen through a Buddhist lens, they embody the worst of our expectations and clinging, and the subsequent disappointments when those expectations are not met. “The most wonderful time of the year” can scarcely...
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December 20, 2014
This has been a week of intense cookie-baking, which equates to infinite opportunities to see the dharma in action.
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December 16, 2014
This time of year can be extremely challenging for many of us. There's all kinds of pressure and expectations in the air. Strained family relationships often come to a head, and memories of past holidays have a way of creeping their way back into...
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December 16, 2014
It’s that time of year. Self-reflection is at an all time high and our minds are naturally drawn to what we want to keep, discard, or create as a new year dawns. It may also be a time of both greater activity (celebrations, shopping, visitors,...
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December 15, 2014
During the holiday season, please take some time off to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and friends.
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December 13, 2014
The Buddha said that if you practice lovingkindness, or metta, meditation, you will experience scores of benefits (well, 11 specific ones). His list did not mention that you will have a better time at parties. Add that.
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December 6, 2014
At this time of year, hope takes center stage. Children draw up lists of presents they hope Santa will deliver. Everyone who lives north of a certain point hopes for a picturesque white Christmas -- enough snow to make it pretty but not enough to...
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December 4, 2014
The behavior of my son’s new friend was not in accordance with the set of standards to which I hold my own kids.  In addition to the friend’s unfavorable behavior, it also seemed like – and I don’t want to misdirect any pointe
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November 29, 2014
  What happens to a dream deferred?
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November 27, 2014
I used to make the joke that my husband talked me into having children.  I’ve since stopped, realizing it was not that much of a joke, nor was it terribly funny.  Having children wasn’t something I dreamed about nor longed to do.  In...
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November 27, 2014
Join IDP's Annual Gratitude Journal!  Every day, starting today and posting daily through January 1, we'll list what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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November 25, 2014
All day I’ve been considering what is an appropriate statement for me to make about last night’s announcement that a grand jury has failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown.   Some would say that I should...
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November 25, 2014
Grief is an appropriate response.  I feel it running down my spine, pooling in my legs, and pouring into the earth I pray can hold all this.  Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson Missouri released their decision not to indict...
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