Featured Articles and Journals: Meditation Practice

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 29, 2014
An Interdependence of Past & Present 2012: Lightness lends harmony to the self
 in stillness, motion & clarity, when 
Bone & skin become 
a stitched fission 
fueling vision.
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May 29, 2014
Whatever challenges a practice presents, there is nothing, but nothing, more prominent than patience. Patience will drive you mad. It will set you free. And it will always be the heart and soul of a meditative life.
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May 28, 2014
The truth is: without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.   Father Theophane, a Christian mystic, writes about an incident that happened when he took some time off from his secular...
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May 26, 2014
Mindfulness is like a Russian doll.  Just when you think you have gotten to the biggest doll in the set, you discover that that doll too is inside an even bigger doll.  In mindfulness practice, we are continually discovering thoughts...
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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 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
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
Riding the subway is a daily exercise in frustration that really challenges my practice. Coupled with a rather stressful day job, it’s gotten to a point where I feel like I, a fairly mild-mannered person at heart, sometimes end up donning aggressive...
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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 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 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 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 20, 2014
A meditative practice, like physical exercise, demands reaching a limit and moving beyond it. We often refer to “deepening our practice,” and what we mean is finding new levels of insight, or extending the durations of our sits, or perhaps engaging...
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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
Many folks think meditation is all about relieving stress, achieving inner peace, and attaining clarity of focus in “moments of Zen.” They are mistaken.
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February 26, 2014
Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways.  The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally...
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February 25, 2014
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The...
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February 24, 2014
Buddhism is a practical philosophy - it's meant to be tried and tested in the "real" world.  It's designed to help us understand where we get in our own way to happiness. To newbies, it sometimes sounds pretty depressing when we talk about the...
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February 23, 2014
Real Happiness at Work Day 23 So why do we do this?  Why do we take time out to sit on a cushion in silence?
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February 22, 2014
You have opportunities every day to step beyond your role at work and act like a whole human being, offer a helping hand, learn the skill outside your scope of work, allow yourself to be helped by others. This will make your life more humane and...
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February 21, 2014
The theme of this week of the 28-day meditation challenge is lovingkindness, and what better way to get the metta flowing than to talk about what to do when we've missed a day of meditation and want to throw the whole practice out the window?
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