Featured Articles and Journals: pema chodron

July 9, 2014
There are some parts that are so hard or so strange that you can’t fathom what is under them. The sheer fact of those parts even being touched gently can cause confusion.
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June 12, 2014
Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. 
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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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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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November 16, 2013
I remember the first time I saw a headline touting "mindfulness" on the cover of O, the Oprah magazine, which also extolls the benefits of a $250 french fry maker and $300 Ugg boots. I was disconcerted. This was several years ago, and I was fairly...
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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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by Lani
July 26, 2013
IDP member Angela Russo writes from China, where she is currently doing fieldwork, to share some of her experience with practice as she travels. Due to poor Internet connectivity, I am posting this on her behalf.
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July 15, 2013
War begins when we harden our hearts, and we harden them easily -- in minor ways and then in serious, major ways, such as hatred and prejudice -- whenever we feel uncomfortable. It's so sad, really, because our motivation in hardening our hearts is...
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June 17, 2013
My son's spit strings together my story of personal failure.  Tong Len brings me present and helps me work with what is.
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March 25, 2013
You can tell whether something is an aspiration or a god -- whether it's an intention to work toward something or a desire to simply have it -- by the tension around it. __________________________________________________________________
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January 29, 2013
  Starting a new piece of writing is a fantastic opportunity to practice. A few weeks ago I wrote about how to tackle the smushy blob of too much work. But often when you’re beginning a piece of creative writing, there is no clear path from
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December 29, 2012
I've been thinking about Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who shot his mother in her bed, killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, then shot himself as police arrived at the scene.
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December 19, 2012
One of the lojong, or mind-training, slogans, which seems particularly apt at this moment says: When all the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi (awakening).
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December 3, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" journal is an attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests.
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December 1, 2012
In developing mindfulness through meditation, we're advised to drop the storyline and simply be aware of what's happening in the moment. For instance, in this moment, I'm sitting in the largely empty newsroom of a daily newspaper. It's bit chilly...
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November 14, 2012
“There are beings everywhere. That is the problem” Ponlop Rinpoche said when I saw him speak a few months ago. We mistakenly think that our experience and our comfort in each moment are more important than that of others. At times I notice that I am...
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September 19, 2012
Courtesy of our friends at the great magazine Shambhala Sun, Acharya
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September 12, 2012
Every day we could ask ourselves, 'Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?'
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September 10, 2012
“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in...
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September 3, 2012
After about five years of meditating like my life depended on it, I hit a wall. For the past two months, getting my butt on the cushion has been a struggle and a constant internal negotiation process. Summer felt good. Life felt good. Samsara...
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July 25, 2012
You’re the only one who knows when you’re opening and when you’re closing. You’re the only one who knows when you’re using things to protect yourself and keep your ego together and when you’re opening and letting things fall apart, letting the world...
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July 14, 2012
Happy Continuation Day, Ani Pema!
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May 10, 2012
Our existence is very wild. It's very crazy, like the mad elephant. Ponlop Rinpoche
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May 2, 2012
To be perfectly honest, I have been an awful Buddhist, an even worse meditation teacher. Since I started working full-time, my practice has been quite bare bones. What’s worse is that I have been easily lured into hateful, angry, and insecure...
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April 23, 2012
“Regard all dharmas as dreams.” – The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind by Geshe Chekawa
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