Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

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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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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