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September 21, 2012
On Wednesday, September 19th, I had the honor of seeing the most recent restaging of Ei
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September 20, 2012
 
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September 20, 2012
Last night as our 6-month-old son sat in his bath he put his hand out under the tap to feel the flowing water. In that moment there was nothing else for him. It was as if the rest of the universe had fallen away, and all that existed was him, his...
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September 20, 2012
Venerable Robina Courtin spoke again at IDP NYC last night.
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September 19, 2012
Courtesy of our friends at the great magazine Shambhala Sun, Acharya
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September 19, 2012
I never could sit still long enough to meditate, but since my experience with cancer, I do it every day. I'm a little baby Zen Buddhist. Mandy Patinkin
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September 18, 2012
At the end of a daylong meditation workshop, Pam, a woman in her late sixties, drew me aside. Her husband, Jerry, was near death after three years of suffering from lymphoma. “I wanted so much to save him,” she told me. “I looked into ayurvedic...
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September 17, 2012
"I had an incident in life where I lost my 4 year old daughter in a tragic accident at home. I didn't want to live anymore... I had to change my life. I didn't have a problem with drugs or nothing. I had a problem with thinking. My thinking was...
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September 17, 2012
  An old friend told me he felt like something was missing in his life. He talked about filling a void. He took a new job thinking that would solve it. But the void was still there. He talked about his lack of mindfulness, his habit of over-...
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September 15, 2012
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche defined sacred space as "a space that is recognized with heart and mind, that radiates a particular atmosphere you cannot help but feel."
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September 13, 2012
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, on his facebook page, wrote the following provocative quote:
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September 13, 2012
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PMS
September 12, 2012
Here is something I have been thinking about for about 22 years: Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS. Kim's post on crabbiness was the perfect first read this morning. I have PMS right now, as I write this.
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September 12, 2012
Every day we could ask ourselves, 'Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?'
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September 12, 2012
  A friend of mine posted this quote by Deepak Chopra on her Facebook page the other day:  "Every thought you are thinking creates a wave that ripples through all the layers of intellect, mind, senses, and matter, spreading out in wider...
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September 11, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" is a monthly blog where I attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests.
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September 10, 2012
I just aided a weekend workshop at the DC Shambhala Center and one of the students raised a great question, something every social activist or engaged Buddhist has struggled with.
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September 10, 2012
From the Sakkapanha Sutta: 2.2 Sakka asked, ‘What gives rise to jealousy and avarice? What is their origin, how are they born, how do they arise? Owing to the presence of what do they arose, owing to the absence of what do they arise?’ The...
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September 10, 2012
“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in...
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September 8, 2012
Loneliness hurts -- not just psychologically.  Elders who report feeling lonely have an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and depression. Meditation helps.
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September 7, 2012
When I contemplate whether or not I believe in the idea of rebirth or reincarnation, something arises within me that makes me believe that it is not the answer to the question “Does reincarnation exist?” but the exploration of the question that is...
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September 6, 2012
  In the photo above, John holds his 19 year-old dog, Schoep.  He regularly takes Schoep to Lake Superior and cradles him in the water until he falls asleep, as the cool and buoyant water soothes Schoep's arthritic pain.
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September 5, 2012
Michelle Obama's speech was inspiring. I encourage you to watch it. I like her. I might even say I love her, but in her passionate descriptions of her father’s struggles, Mr. Obama’s upbringing, and her and her husband’s very typical (and also rare...
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September 5, 2012
... We have turned into very unnatural beings. But with all our difficulties, we have an opportunity open to us that no other animal has. A cat is the Wonder; but the cat doesn't know that, it just lives it.* But as human beings we have the capacity...
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September 3, 2012
After about five years of meditating like my life depended on it, I hit a wall. For the past two months, getting my butt on the cushion has been a struggle and a constant internal negotiation process. Summer felt good. Life felt good. Samsara...
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