Featured Articles: Buddhism

September 18, 2014
I confess, I get caught up in the Apple hype whenever the company releases a new something-or-other, or tweaks the operating system on the old something-or-others already in existence. It’s unlike me, but there you have it. So all last week, I...
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September 17, 2014
The Dalai Lama, the world's best-known Tibetan Buddhist, stirred things up this week with an interview in which he seemed to suggest that he should be the last to hold that title. “The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a...
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September 11, 2014
[While I attend a dance class, my three-year-old updates my Twitter feed, above.] A funny thing happened on the way to handing my phone over to my children: I realized I'm attached to the belief, my belief, that putting my kids (or any kids, for...
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September 10, 2014
When I was seven years old, my first-grade teacher asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. I remember walking around my classroom during parent-teacher night with the room plastered with drawings, learning all about my...
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September 10, 2014
Reddit, founded in 2005 and the dominant site of its kind since at least 2010, bills itself as “the front page of the internet.” It has a tiny staff - most of the lifting is done by hundreds of thousands of active “redditors” who post, comment, and...
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September 6, 2014
It's a truth of existence that material things won't bring you lasting happiness. Things break. Or get outdated. Maybe the iPhone 5 brought you bliss -- but now the iPhone 6 is about to be introduced. And that might make you even happier. Until you...
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August 23, 2014
The happiness or suffering of others is the result of their actions and not my wishes for them.
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August 19, 2014
I'm posting this on behalf of Thia Reggio, the Pastor of the Astoria First Presbyterian Church. The church has been generously allowing us local Queens residents to use their space for meditation.
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August 18, 2014
Scientific research into meditation typically has focused on mindfulness meditation -- connecting to what's happening in the present moment, particularly the breath -- and has found that it calms the mind and the physical body, reducing the stress...
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August 16, 2014
We crave stories of kindness. How else can you explain why a photo of a grocery store worker tying an elderly man's shoelace goes viral?
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August 14, 2014
As I type, my computer sits on scraps of shaped construction paper and sticker-eyeballs spread about in disarray on our dining room table.  The items are part of crafts projects our town library carefully assembles for children to take home...
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August 13, 2014
Let's just say you were walking with a dear friend, a stranger, and an enemy, and a group of armed criminals stop you by force.  They ask you to choose one person among you to be killed by them.  Which one would you choose?
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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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