Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

July 13, 2014
"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat. "You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.
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July 1, 2014
Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt...
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June 29, 2014
Tenzin Palmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."
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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 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
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
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 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 13, 2014
The news arrived a week ago that author and Zen teacher, Peter Matthiessen had died. As he makes the journey onward, I offer profound gratitude to him for his writing, for his activism, and for his teaching. Beyond dharma, he taught a simple...
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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 9, 2014
The genocide in Rwanda that took place 20 years ago is one of the worst displays of ethnic hatred in modern times. Nearly a million people were killed. How does a country heal from that?
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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 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 8, 2014
Though they have no objective reality, gender constructs affect our place in society. They influence how much pay we receive for the jobs we do and the roles we play at home in the family. They affect which aspects of our personality we feel...
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March 5, 2014
The Dalai Lama gave the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Senate session on Thursday. In Buddhism, prayer isn't seen as an appeal to a higher authority but as a way of connecting to our own highest aspirations. What are your aspirations for the...
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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
Harold Ramis, who died Monday, was the calm center of antic comedies including "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," and "Groundhog Day," That's no accident -- he was a practicing Zen Buddhist.
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February 20, 2014
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the...
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February 5, 2014
I am so loving Sharon Salzberg’s new book Real Happiness at Work, which I agreed to read, put into practice, and blog about for the next month.  This week’s focus was on understanding how gathering our scattered mind through practicing...
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February 3, 2014
In Sharon Salzberg's new book, Real Happiness at Work, the first chapter is about balance. She discusses several dimensions to balance, but one that I find fascinating is equanimity.  Equanimity is considered one of the four Heavenly Abodes in...
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February 2, 2014
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of press these days, with a lot of new science coming out and people wanting to find sanity in an increasingly complex world.  We should not be surprised, then, if the press begin to make hyperbolic...
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January 27, 2014
In my last post, I discussed how people use media (music, TV, video games, Internet, etc.) to modify their moods and as coping strategies.  On the one hand, both of these uses seem positive and beneficial, at least when used mindfully.
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