Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

November 4, 2013
There is a Chinese proverb:
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November 2, 2013
I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.I am the owner of my...
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October 28, 2013
I'd like to start by inviting you to have an experience.  You can read this to yourself, and then try it, but better yet, have someone read it to you, or read it to your friend: Close your eyes and feel the heart of your being.  Take some...
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October 28, 2013
You really have no idea how hard it is for an armadillo to disguise itself sufficiently enough to attend the 2013 annual Giraffe’s Religion and Righteous Spiritual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, without being removed as a heretic simply because...
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October 22, 2013
In the Sakka-pañha Sutta, it is said: Then Sakka, having delighted in & expressed his approval of the Blessed One's words, asked him a further question: "But what, dear sir, is the cause of envy & stinginess, what is their...
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October 21, 2013
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a...
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October 19, 2013
  Enlightenment cannot be obtained at Starbucks, no matter what the sign says.
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October 14, 2013
Lack of trust is a very difficult thing to live with. When I first came to this path, I didn’t trust most things, and if I did trust something or someone, I didn’t trust that thing or person fully. I didn't feel safe, so I couldn't build trust.
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October 8, 2013
A brief introduction: I was an intern at the Interdependence Project for latter part of Summer 2013. I am a college student, majoring in Religion, and am presently studying in Sri Lanka until December.  Part of what has helped me realize the...
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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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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 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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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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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 5, 2013
Witnessing my teacher lead a class while crying, I am inspired by the self-compassion and bravery she displays in opening to us and proving what it means to be human.
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September 4, 2013
For part of July and August I traveled throughout China and Tibet for my work with the Tibetan Village Project, a non-political, non-governmental organization I've recently begun working for. I’ve been meaning to write about my experience (adding to...
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by Paul S
September 4, 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. In my view, Buddhism is a journey of cultivating the heart, and towards that...
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Joy
August 27, 2013
Not too long ago, my ex-husband, Alex, brought us a big batch of his homemade almond butter. It is such a really delicious treat. I took a bite, and as I tasted it, I thought, “This is so good! I’m going to have some more.” And then immediately I...
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by Paul S
August 27, 2013
I have to say that I cringe a little when I hear White Buddhists talk about "ethnic" Buddhist traditions.  Sure, every large religious or philosophical tradition can stray from core tenets over time, or the connection to those tenets can be...
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August 26, 2013
Can all beings be happy? Isn’t there some kind of winner-loser scenario in place to prevent that? Don’t beings eat other beings?
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August 26, 2013
This last week of Metta Month we will focus on equanimity.  Instead of discussing it directly, I attach some thoughts written at a difficult moment in the recent past.
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August 25, 2013
Moving to a new place is supposed to be one of the most difficult life events a person can experience, after death of a loved one or divorce. This is very easy to identify with, in the fourteenth hour of Day Two of your road trip across the country...
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August 24, 2013
In most frameworks, metta -- or lovingkindness -- is taught as the first of the Four Immeasurable Qualities. As Buddhism is endlessly open to interpretation, there is another way to look at it. Patrul Rinpoche, in "Words of My Perfect Teacher," says...
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August 19, 2013
It's a real burden to want to be happy all the time.  In fact, it's such a burden that we often think others should help us to shoulder it - we look to others to "make" us happy, which is a Sisyphean task (at best). Not only that, but it's a...
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