Featured Articles: Buddhism

October 20, 2015
Laurie Anderson and her deceased husband, Lou Reed, were both students of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Yongey Mingur Rinpoche.  IDP Blog Writer, Nancy Thompson wrote a wonderful post here, describing how they used their Buddhist practice...
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October 15, 2015
In our culture, we place a high emphasis on intellectual learning. Yet our personal growth seems to depend on how we translate what we read and hear into some deeper, possibly wordless understanding. Even Suzuki Roshi once said about his own (...
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October 5, 2015
The person I call “Bernie” consists of many parts—limbs, organs, tissues, bones, and cells. If my right hand is gashed, my entire body will spring into action. My brain will think of ways to get care for my injured hand. My feet will take me to the...
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September 30, 2015
In southern Arizona, where I live, many people think that it’s illegal to give exhausted desert travelers water, food, and shelter. Go ahead and re-read that first sentence.
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September 19, 2015
"It's a meditation," the dance instructor says, coaxing me to relax and follow him in the tango.
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September 4, 2015
How do you love someone who is scared and who scares you? I was reminded of this question, posed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book "Open Heart, Open Mind," this week as I watched the Internet react to what we might term "difficult people" in our metta...
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August 31, 2015
Back in June, at the beginning of the summer, IDP decided to offer a weekly Metta/Lovingkindness Meditation practice, on Fridays from 6-7pm. When planning the offering, I wondered if anyone would attend - sometimes it's quiet during the summer,...
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August 19, 2015
Philadelphia -- long known as the City of Brotherly Love but more (in)famous recently as the city that destroyed a robot that had traveled safely throughout Canada and parts of  Europe -- will hold a Day of Kindness on Oct. 27 to honor the...
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August 11, 2015
Saddled with backpacks, duffle bags, and pillows, the teens shuffle up to the table one by one to register for their weeklong meditation retreat. Their eyes flicker with hope and fear as they alternately scan their peers and stare at the floor,...
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August 7, 2015
Very early tomorrow I will be getting on a plane and heading off to a fairly remote retreat center in Colorado. Very early. The first flight leaves at 5 a.m., which means leaving the house around 2:30 a.m. to allow for check-in and security and all...
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August 7, 2015
Although many believe meditation means sitting motionless in a quiet room, it's important to remember that meditation can be done anytime, anywhere.  Metta meditation is particularly easy to do in noisy and crowded urban areas, and teachers...
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August 3, 2015
In personal situations, sometimes I feel very strongly that I'm right and you're wrong. It's very hard for me to see that you have your own point of view, that you don't mean me any harm, and that your needs and concerns are as valid as mine. ...
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July 27, 2015
Director of SCPS Leroy Smith helps a member of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at a July 18th rally in Columbia, South Carolina.  Photo by @robgodfrey via Twitter. 
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July 25, 2015
My mom recently heard about an organization that grants senior citizens' wishes, like those groups that send terminally ill children and their families to Disney World, but this was for regular seniors with no special issues. This led her to think...
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July 21, 2015
The racially motivated massacre in Charleston last month was the turning point for me.  Looking at the images of the nine innocent people slaughtered at the hands of a white supremacist man really sent chills up my spine.
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July 20, 2015
I was fortunate to spend a week this month on retreat with a teacher who had kickstarted my personal exploration of the Buddhist path a few years ago. By then, I'd been studying Buddhism for a while, but it had been largely intellectual until I did...
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July 14, 2015
Excerpt from The Art of Disappearing by Ajahn Brahm.
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June 30, 2015
Excerpt from 12 Steps on the Buddha’s Path by Laura S.
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June 29, 2015
I sat outside on a lovely early summer morning. The sun played hide-and-seek with the clouds, which in turn were playing chase with the breezes. The garden had turned a rich green from the recent rains, and the strawberry flowers whispered of treats...
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June 20, 2015
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?   -The Dhammapada
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June 18, 2015
When I heard about the mass murder in Charleston, SC this morning, my first reaction was an awful feeling of sadness, quickly followed by outrage, then blame.  I thought to myself, "It's the fault of the NRA, ineffectual politicians,...
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June 15, 2015
The BBC website has a recent article "Bhutan's Dark Secret to Happiness".  What's the "dark secret"?   Death.
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June 13, 2015
My Buddhist teacher shared this photo of a T-shirt she saw someone wearing at the airport, commenting that it seems like a good message. Practice like a champion. Since my teacher suggested it, I have to think about it. That's the deal. What does it...
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