Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

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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August 12, 2013
Thinking about my friend's good fortune instantly lifts my spirits and generates an overall sense of ease and joy that affects even my sleep.
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August 12, 2013
I’m wearing one of my favorite ϋber-geek t-shirts (shown to the left).  It reads, “I had friends on that Death Star.”  It makes me cry.  It makes me laugh.  It reminds me that there is always another side to consider.  My...
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August 12, 2013
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August 9, 2013
What happens when we let our heart determine our actions? Typically not too comfortable with cats, my compassionate instinct takes over after seeing one hit by a car.  Reflection illuminates my reaction to be much different than it had been...
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August 5, 2013
I went on a retreat this weekend, and one of the practices was a metta (loving-kindness) guided meditation.  The instructions included repeating certain phrases, first about myself, then about my family, then a close friend, then a stranger,...
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August 3, 2013
Metta, the first of the Buddha's Four Immeasurable Qualities, is a Pali word generally translated as lovingkindness (or loving-kindness). Why isn't it just love? What's kindness got to do with it?
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July 29, 2013
A month-long invitation to join The Interdepence Project's 'Lovingkindness' practice causes me to question my ability to live accordingly.  When I make space for the practice, I realize that I, and we, very much are.
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July 29, 2013
Inquiry into the death of influential Buddhist Meditation, Master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, crashes my computer and sheds light on the human condition.
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July 29, 2013
I enjoy visiting New York City, a city famed for its cynicism.  In fact, being a New Yorker is largely equated with being a cynic.  Cynicism is not confined to one group of people, however.  In fact, it often seems that cynicism is...
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July 23, 2013
Trust your wound to a Teacher's surgery.Flies collect on t
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July 22, 2013
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is offering indulgences for “virtual” participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro — but there's a hitch.
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July 15, 2013
The final stretch of my fast presents an opportunity to open, listen and love in a way I never imagined possible.
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July 15, 2013
My high expectations for physical change and concern for my ability to heal give way to a quiet space, allowing me to grieve a close friend's death.
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July 15, 2013
I was recently in France and Spain, trying pathetically to speak at least the bare minimum of niceties in each country’s language.  This brought me face-to-face with some of the differences in phrasing, and potentially some differences in...
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July 13, 2013
The first time you walk into a new place is an experience of groundlessness -- and since we generally don't like to free-fall through life, the first thing we do is look for ground. It's part of our survival instinct, a remnant of our lizard brain:...
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July 9, 2013
The question: Can the Theravada Bhikkhuni (nun) order be re-established? The Mahanayaka Theras (the chief elders of the Buddhist monastic establishment in Sri Lanka) say no. But Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi contends it's not only possible but has been done...
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July 8, 2013
Illness inspires me to embark on a fourteen-day fast.  I meet the days leading up to it with overwhelming resistance and panic, and talk about what it's like and how I'm feeling emotionally and physically.
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July 8, 2013
Two recent articles, with nearly identical opening paragraphs but different content, make the point that mindfulness is trending.
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July 1, 2013
A reading of the book 'One City' inspires me and my family to pick up garbage on the streets and changes the way I view what is ours and what is others
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