Featured Articles: August 2011

August 31, 2011
“I want someone on this path with me” “That’s’ codependency” I just spent a weekend in New York with a group of people I am happy to call my sangha. A sanhga is a community of meditators. They may not be...
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August 31, 2011
 “Familiarity is the root of the closest friendships, as well as the intensest hatreds”-Antoine de Rivarol
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August 31, 2011
Last week, with the earthquake I wrote a little bit about how the shake of the quake put me in a little bit of a tailspin.  In the moments before the earthquake I was very content with where I was and what I was doing in my life, but yet...
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August 31, 2011
".. a woman would not commit any misdeed that her husband would consider disagreeable, even at the cost of her life." - The Buddha  
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August 30, 2011
Hey, anyone feel like getting enlightened today? Heard about it, want to give it a shot?  Try it out?  I say, go for it.  Not me, though.  Not this morning. 
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August 30, 2011
I have this tendency to be overly provocative, sometimes to a fault. I have managed to temper this but, as discussed previously, changing old patterns requires continued attention. The title of this post is a perfect example. You see, I...
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August 29, 2011
  Instead of fixating on the news about Hurricane Irene all weekend, I decided instead to check out the natural disaster going on inside of my brain: the feelings, sensations and thoughts that go along with panic and fear, and what they...
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by mahoK
August 28, 2011
Last week I participated in a real oxymoronic situation. It was a week-long urban retreat, the first ever organized by the New York Shambhala Meditation Center.  We spent the whole week commuting between the center and individual home in a...
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August 28, 2011
I’m a huge bookworm. I’m always reading at least three books at a time, and have at least five more waiting on the shelf to be read next. There is nothing better in the world than a good used bookstore, and nothing more meaningful to...
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August 27, 2011
Karma is often described metaphorically as planting a seed. When you plant tomatoes, you get tomatoes, not peas. When you plant seeds of craving, jealousy, anger in your mind, they blossom into attitudes that color your life. It's the law of...
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by Lani
August 25, 2011
The Internet is a pretty magical place. Yes, there are problems - of addiction and procrastination, of distraction and dilly dallying. But. Within reason. It's a preeeettty magical place. And yesterday I was turned onto a new site that -...
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by Joren
August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
My mind is stuck. For roughly two years I’ve had the same plaguing thoughts at least once a day, with no relief around me. I consider a small miracle if I go a few hours without struggling with certain hurts and discomforts.
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August 24, 2011
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August 23, 2011
"Since the time of the Buddha the teachings have been transmitted through friendship, heart to heart. " - Sharon Salzberg  
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August 23, 2011
Feeling out of sorts, annoyed, blue?  Do you need a bit of magic in your life?  Not the fancy shmancy genie-in-a-bottle tricky kinda magic.  This is the real deal, folks.  This here is your all-natural organic magic. 
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August 22, 2011
  If you are experiencing just 1 of these symptoms, you can be sure that your mediation practice is off to a good start:
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August 22, 2011
  This spring, Kelsang Wangmo, a German nun, became the first woman to earn a Geshe degree in Tibetan Buddhism. The Geshe title is conferred on nuns and monks who have completed an advanced course of study, which takes 16-20...
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August 21, 2011
I’ve never been a patient person. Patience, as they say, is a virtue, quite a powerful and important one. Sadly, though it’s one that does not come easily for me.
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August 20, 2011
This week my younger child headed back to school, bringing home the impermanence of summer
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by Lani
August 18, 2011
Lojong - Abandon any hope of fruition. For what are achievements really? What and who from do we hope to distinguish ourselves by them? Happy Thursday loves.
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August 17, 2011
I’ve been a “serious” meditator for a little over a year now. And it took me an entire frenzied year of consistent practice, globe trotting to exotic spiritual destinations, studying with a Tibetan lama, and amassing an enormous...
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August 17, 2011
A poem that came to me while on a subway ride on Monday...dedicated to all who aspire to an open heart in a hostile world....
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August 16, 2011
"...you know our minds are pretty fixed, even if we’re basically nice people, our mind is set in its way with many layers of habitual tendencies. " - Acharya Eric Spiegel  
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August 16, 2011
What is it about the heart?  Why does it ache so intensely?  Why do we try so hard to protect the heart?  Why does it break when parting from the beloved?
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