Featured Articles and Journals: Meditation Practice

October 18, 2013
Zen teachers are not perfect. Zen teachers can be woefully unskillful, potentially abusive, and can hurt people. In light of all the scandals that have been uncovered in the Zen community over the past few years, this misguided idea that Zen...
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October 18, 2013
What do you feel grateful for?  After watching a video on the benefits of gratitude I was inspired to start a gratitude journal from October 1st to the US Thanksgiving.  After talking to others about it, I decided every morning I...
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October 16, 2013
If you listen to dharma talks or read contemporary dharma books or talk deep dharma to people, you'll hear the lament that people don't really see each other or hear each other. We see just enough to slot them into a place in our perceptions and...
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October 11, 2013
  The beauty of a meditation practice is you can take it wherever you go. IDP lineage mentor teacher Sharon Salzberg, says, "If you're breathing, you can be meditating.  
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October 11, 2013
Tikker is a digital watch that counts down the minutes to your predicted death, based on your answers to a personal health history questionnaire.  Each Tikker watch comes with a booklet called "About Time," which guides users in calculating...
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October 7, 2013
This week’s New York Times includes an opinion piece by Psychiatrist Anna Fels, titled Great Betrayals.  In it she discusses how the discovery of secrets in our personal relationships “bring on tumultuous crises,” which are usually much worse...
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October 4, 2013
Traditional meditation texts sometimes describe the unmeditated state as "monkey mind." But for the last week I've been sitting with my new kitten, and I feel like I'm seeing my mind manifested. The kitten is all over the place -- chasing a piece of...
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October 4, 2013
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September 29, 2013
There's a story I read in this book called Meditation in Action by Chögyam Trungpa (1970,
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September 28, 2013
There's a six-minute video of Louis C.K. on the Conan O'Brien Show explaining why he won't buy his daughter a smartphone that's making the rounds among Buddhist types, people who usually share quotes from the Dalai Lama and pictures of nature. Why?...
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September 26, 2013
"Bill De Blasio Will Meditate Your Parking Ticket Away," a headline on Gothamist says. Intriguing -- but thoroughly incorrect -- and full of mocking stereotypes (those solidified perceptions make for easy shorthand).
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September 25, 2013
What do you wish you had known about love when you were 20 years old? This was the question that popped up in my inbox a few days ago, thanks to the Radical Self Love Letters from Gala Darling (I love this woman!).
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September 23, 2013
As a scientist, one of the major things that attracted me to Buddhism was its empirical approach.  Buddha exhorted people not to believe anything simply on faith, but to test it for themselves.
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September 22, 2013
I recently experienced a devastating disappointment. The content doesn’t matter, just that I let Hope fly, and she flew far, and then down she came.
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September 21, 2013
Buddhist meditation is a way of working with your mind, which means that whatever is is your mind is going to come into your awareness. That's how you learn to work with it. But if what's in your mind is threatening? What if your investigation into...
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September 20, 2013
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September 19, 2013
Profiling of any kind leads to a divided nation. In light of recent discussions linking Aaron Alexis' Buddhism/meditation practice and mental illness, I share my experiences with all in hopes that we can transform evil instead of creating more.
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September 18, 2013
Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people Monday at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard, was reportedly a meditator who lived for a time at a Buddhist Center in Texas. That fact was featured prominently in news stories about Alexis because it's so contrary to the...
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by Paul S
September 16, 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. I thought it was time to clear up for myself what chanting-based Nichiren...
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September 11, 2013
  I’m not here to teach you a new identity. I’m not even here to take away any of your identities. I support you in discovering, how it is you are formulating yourself, and what occurs if you are willing to stop that formulation.
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by Paul S
September 10, 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. I thought it was time to clear up for myself what chanting-based Nichiren...
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September 9, 2013
At my meditation group last night, we discussed “letting go” in the context of painful memories, anger, disappointment, frustration, and injury.  I found myself intrigued by what seem to be two different meanings – a conventional cultural one...
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September 9, 2013
A small study by researchers at the University of Oregon found that mindfulness meditation may help smokers cut back.
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September 7, 2013
Buddhists are supposed to be placid, right?
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