Featured Articles: Buddhism

August 9, 2014
Sunday is a full moon. I could tell even before I checked the calendar, based on the phone calls that came in to the newspaper where I work. That's not unusual -- the callers range from those with tomatoes that resemble Richard Nixon to ones who...
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August 7, 2014
I often feel that my kids are pint-sized Buddhas.  They force me to get all sorts of uncomfortable and face things I'd love to distract away.   They call me out on emotions I'm otherwise quick to dismiss or bury.  And when I...
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August 7, 2014
There are those five minutes after getting a major hairstyle change we wish our entire lives lived in.
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August 5, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August.
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August 2, 2014
In his classic book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind,  Suzuki Roshi succinctly pointed to our original nature as our true nature -- unfabricated, unfiltered, disentangled from preconceptions that color our view. "In the beginner's mind, there are...
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August 1, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August. 
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July 31, 2014
When my children were younger I was adamant about having only two-wheeled modes of transport in our house; no trikes, no big wheels, no three-wheeled scooters, no training wheels.  “You’re torturing them,” the grandparents scoffed.  “They...
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July 24, 2014
Fifty years ago today, Jetsun Tenzin Palmo was ordained as a novice Buddhist nun by Khamtrul Rinpoche, one of the first Western women to take the vows. Forty years ago on the same date, she became the first Western woman to be fully ordained. It was...
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July 19, 2014
Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield trained as a monk in Burma 40 years ago; recently, he went back and observed first-hand the seemingly contradictory Buddhist campaign against Muslims there.
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July 16, 2014
WARNING: SELF-HATE DISCLOSURE
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July 13, 2014
"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat. "You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.
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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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July 1, 2014
Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt...
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June 29, 2014
Tenzin Palmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."
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June 26, 2014
It happens. Your day breaks, your mind aches… and, well, it all just falls apart before the clock strikes 8. Wrong side of the bed. Haven’t had that first cup of coffee. And all that jazz. We’ve all lived it, and we’ve all seen it happening to...
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June 23, 2014
A recent article in The Atlantic magazine reports that kindness is the quality most necessary to create and sustain a happy relationship.  Of course this seems obvious - everyone has an aversion to unkindness - but in practice it's not easy to...
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June 15, 2014
Dr. John Gottman has spent nearly three decades studying and helping married couples, trying to understand what their interactions reveal about the couple’s chances of staying together or getting divorced. He gradually developed a sophisticated...
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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 30, 2014
When I began studying Buddhism around eight years ago, a weekend retreat seemed like a big deal. Then I heard about month-long retreats, and thought that must be a vestige of some archaic past. Who can leave their life for a month to go on retreat?...
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May 24, 2014
Remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed animal who was loved so deeply by a young boy that he became alive? I've been playing with idea of that as metaphor for being -- only there's no boy. We have to love ourselves into Reality.
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May 11, 2014
It's said, in traditional Buddhism, that over the course of our many lifetimes every being has been our mother. In traditional Asian societies, this was meant to help us see with the eyes of love and compassion.
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May 5, 2014
In re-listening to one of Ethan Nichtern's classes at the IDP, I was struck by something he almost said. In a class about the importance of sangha (the collective level), he stated that if you were all alone in the universe, enlightenment could...
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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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May 1, 2014
A recent conversation brought about the following conclusion: people are always going to put greed ahead of happiness because happiness is non-essential.
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May 1, 2014
Human Journey, an initiative of Desmond Tutu, is challenging us to use the month of May to ingrain our forgiveness practice.
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