Featured Articles: Buddhism

September 7, 2013
Buddhists are supposed to be placid, right?
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September 5, 2013
Witnessing my teacher lead a class while crying, I am inspired by the self-compassion and bravery she displays in opening to us and proving what it means to be human.
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September 4, 2013
For part of July and August I traveled throughout China and Tibet for my work with the Tibetan Village Project, a non-political, non-governmental organization I've recently begun working for. I’ve been meaning to write about my experience (adding to...
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by Paul S
September 4, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. In my view, Buddhism is a journey of cultivating the heart, and towards that...
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August 31, 2013
Today is the last day of IDP's Heavy Metta Month, in which members of the community committed to practicing lovingkindness meditation for every day in the month of August. Time to move on. Or not.
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August 29, 2013
A difficult exercise with my meditation teacher shows me the powerfully healing gift of practicing equanimity, for ourselves and for others.
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Joy
August 27, 2013
Not too long ago, my ex-husband, Alex, brought us a big batch of his homemade almond butter. It is such a really delicious treat. I took a bite, and as I tasted it, I thought, “This is so good! I’m going to have some more.” And then immediately I...
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by Paul S
August 27, 2013
I have to say that I cringe a little when I hear White Buddhists talk about "ethnic" Buddhist traditions.  Sure, every large religious or philosophical tradition can stray from core tenets over time, or the connection to those tenets can be...
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August 26, 2013
Can all beings be happy? Isn’t there some kind of winner-loser scenario in place to prevent that? Don’t beings eat other beings?
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August 26, 2013
This last week of Metta Month we will focus on equanimity.  Instead of discussing it directly, I attach some thoughts written at a difficult moment in the recent past.
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August 26, 2013
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, marked by Martin Luther King Jr.s "Dream" speech. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King called for an end to racism in the U.S. and described his...
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August 25, 2013
Moving to a new place is supposed to be one of the most difficult life events a person can experience, after death of a loved one or divorce. This is very easy to identify with, in the fourteenth hour of Day Two of your road trip across the country...
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August 24, 2013
In most frameworks, metta -- or lovingkindness -- is taught as the first of the Four Immeasurable Qualities. As Buddhism is endlessly open to interpretation, there is another way to look at it. Patrul Rinpoche, in "Words of My Perfect Teacher," says...
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August 19, 2013
It's a real burden to want to be happy all the time.  In fact, it's such a burden that we often think others should help us to shoulder it - we look to others to "make" us happy, which is a Sisyphean task (at best). Not only that, but it's a...
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August 19, 2013
Friends, sometimes it is better for something to speak for itself rather than bear the burden of my commentary, so I've copied the following (on good will) and cited it below.
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August 19, 2013
I feel that my love does not have to remain within the limitations of my own life or body. I imagine that if I am no longer in the world, my love could still be present. I want to place my love on the moon and let the moon hold my love. Let the moon...
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August 17, 2013
In loving kindness, or metta, meditation, you extend the wish for happiness to several categories of people, including enemies. Enemy is a strong word -- often, we  might describe them differently: annoying, irritating, or difficult people,...
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August 12, 2013
Thinking about my friend's good fortune instantly lifts my spirits and generates an overall sense of ease and joy that affects even my sleep.
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August 12, 2013
I’m wearing one of my favorite ϋber-geek t-shirts (shown to the left).  It reads, “I had friends on that Death Star.”  It makes me cry.  It makes me laugh.  It reminds me that there is always another side to consider.  My...
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August 12, 2013
A new study finds that people who feel powerful are less empathetic -- that feeling powerful reduces activity in the regions of the brain that respond to others' activity (the mirror) system.
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August 9, 2013
What happens when we let our heart determine our actions? Typically not too comfortable with cats, my compassionate instinct takes over after seeing one hit by a car.  Reflection illuminates my reaction to be much different than it had been...
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August 8, 2013
  I can no longer pretend to be young. How do I know this? Simple. I threw my back out doing something routine, and a week later, I’m still in pain.
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August 5, 2013
I went on a retreat this weekend, and one of the practices was a metta (loving-kindness) guided meditation.  The instructions included repeating certain phrases, first about myself, then about my family, then a close friend, then a stranger,...
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August 5, 2013
George Saunders, a creative writing professor at Syracuse University, gave a commencement speech with a simple message: Be kind. After it was printed last week in the New York Times, the speech went viral, demonstrating that people are aching to...
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