Featured Articles: July 2011

July 31, 2011
The problem is not stories themselves but how we relate to them. We do not see our stories as stories because we see through them: the world we experience as reality is constructed with them. – David. R. Loy
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July 31, 2011
Here's eleven rules about creative livelihood I've discovered since beginning a daily meditation practice four years ago. 1. Embrace color as a spiritual value to counteract materialism. 2. Do not make your symbolism too symbolic. 3...
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July 30, 2011
Evil exists. Overwhelmingly sad situations exist. How can we view that with compassion?
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July 28, 2011
Sometimes I feel the... need (dammit, I was hoping to avoid that word, you’ll understand in a minute) to go back to basics in my practice. Why? Because I often get stuck on something very simple. If the path to happiness is to let go of...
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by Lani
July 28, 2011
Perhaps the most touching blog I've been gifted in a long long time (Thank you JM). Please read the WHOLE THING. Trust me. I wouldn't lead you astray. From the Brave Girls Club - "We Must See Past What It Seems":
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July 27, 2011
This past week I responded to a discussion on the web, I tried to mindfully take both sides of the argument and really open up a dialogue to what could be the reasons for something like this happening.  In a matter of hours I received several...
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July 26, 2011
"The richness of the inquiry is worth being shared"  
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July 26, 2011
Ever feel like you're floating away in a hot air balloon of hope, fear, despair, anger or depression?  "What if I'm alone forever?" "No one will ever love me."  "I always feel like poo in the morning....
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July 26, 2011
Those who frequent my class have probably never heard me mention energy or chakras.  The reason being that these concepts have been so superficially disseminated into our pop culture as to render them almost entirely cliche.  Catch...
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July 25, 2011
When life hands me a sucky situation that I would really, really rather not deal with, I’m reminded of the first part of the Diamond Sutra, which basically sums up the meaning of the entire 32 chapters: One day before dawn, the Buddha...
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July 25, 2011
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July 24, 2011
We will suffer in our relationships when we forget that we will suffer in our relationships. The more comfortable we become with the ever-changing nature of our reality (and relationships), the less we’ll struggle and suffer when the next...
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by Lani
July 21, 2011
For St. Augustine, habit is "that thing which we have once it is added to us." One way to think of this in more Buddhistese is a manufacturing of the solidity of the self (for Augustine, more like prideful self aggrandizement) through...
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by Joren
July 21, 2011
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July 20, 2011
This year I will turn 35. It is the first time I have ever felt the odd stab of getting older. There are two ways to look at this (1) I have led a really full and healthy privileged life so far and will continue to do so for as long as I can. (2)...
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July 20, 2011
This week the AP reported about a video game developed by Deeprak Chopra and THQ Inc. aimed at combining gaming and meditation.
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July 19, 2011
We use our meditation practice to help us become more aware of our thoughts and notice how our minds work or react to outside stimuli, and I just witnessed my mind go from a cloudless sun-filled day to gray skies and thunderstorms just...
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July 19, 2011
"No one in a corporate boardroom is contemplating how best to brand your spiritual practice for you."
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July 19, 2011
Sometimes it seems like everyone is searching for a smooth road, smooth skin, for everything to go smoothly.  Don't rock the boat!  
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July 18, 2011
I'm compiling a project for Shambhala Publications called "35<35." It is meant to provide an opportunity for younger practitioners of all Buddhist sanghas to express themselves, find each other, and strengthen a sense of sangha...
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July 18, 2011
Being good enough is a practice, one that combines lots of Buddhist skills: patience, acceptance, loving kindness, appreciation, generosity. It requires nonjudgmental, kind, present-moment awareness.  
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July 17, 2011
I think Buddhism often gets a bad reputation because of the Four Noble Truths. People hear the first part about how life is suffering and think, “Man, that Buddha dude was a real pessimist.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot...
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