Featured Articles: Meditation Practice

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 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 23, 2013
Your body is always changing. Accept all that you think it is and can do you for you as well as all that you think it is not and what you view as limitations. Be kind and accept your body for all it does for you. Your heart beats, food digests,...
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August 21, 2013
Last year I traveled to Japan, where, in between the usual touristy stuff, I was introduced to Buddhist meditation practice for the first time in Kyoto and later stayed overnight at a monastery south of the city. I knew something of Zen before my...
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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 16, 2013
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August 14, 2013
I should start this entry by saying: I don't wish to describe my metta practice as "successful" versus "not successful", or "a good metta day" versus "a bad metta day". That turns it into a struggle instead of a release from struggle. I think any...
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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
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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 7, 2013
Sometimes I find sitting meditation to be difficult. I am not a naturally relaxed person, and some of my more productive meditative moments have come when my body is in motion, especially on my epic walks from Greenpoint Brooklyn to Flushing Queens...
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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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August 3, 2013
Metta, the first of the Buddha's Four Immeasurable Qualities, is a Pali word generally translated as lovingkindness (or loving-kindness). Why isn't it just love? What's kindness got to do with it?
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August 1, 2013
IDP's month-long Metta Meditation Marathon begins today.   Ethan* and I came up with the idea in June, as a way for our community to connect with each other during August, a time when many are traveling and on vacation.   For 30...
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August 1, 2013
Daily Sit invites you to practice meditation with a live online community. Each week there will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to participate online in a community sit. Please join us, Saturday, August 3, at 9 a.m....
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