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November 19, 2013
Sitting on the edge of a cliff, dressed in a flimsy cloth while gazing at the horizon, was a familiar mind game while a child.  I am not sure, but I think it may have begun after reading the book Lost Horizons by James Hilton, or Lost Horizons...
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November 16, 2013
I remember the first time I saw a headline touting "mindfulness" on the cover of O, the Oprah magazine, which also extolls the benefits of a $250 french fry maker and $300 Ugg boots. I was disconcerted. This was several years ago, and I was fairly...
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November 15, 2013
I’ve been very sick all week with an upper respiratory infection, which made practicing the way I normally do -- seated upright on a cushion with my hands joined just under my navel -- nearly impossible. It’s hard to follow your breath when you can’...
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November 14, 2013
What are the chances of someone faking their death through meditation?Reading about Andy Kaufman's chance of faking his own death through meditation,  really adds to the spectacle of wanting to get away from your identity,...
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November 14, 2013
The Buddha said that hatred never destroys hatred -- only love can do that. But it's hard not to hate people who hurt people, especially when the ones they hurt are children, especially when they hurt our children. That's what makes a letter written...
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November 13, 2013
I not-so-recently recently wrote a blog post about the stories your mind tends to write, and how easy it is to be ruled by them. But as with many things, there’s another angle to it. Sometimes your emotions and mind-states are a sign that your...
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November 12, 2013
Maybe you won’t admit it, but I gave myself away one day in a workshop.  I actually heard myself say it, “I want to be perfect.”  Well, I didn’t actually hear it at first; it was everyone’s reaction to my admission that startled me. ...
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November 11, 2013
As you may know, this weekend Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited New York City.
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November 8, 2013
Laurie Anderson -- performance artist, meditator, and wife of Lou Reed -- wrote an extraordinarily beautiful description in this week's Rolling Stone of her husband's death. The couple were students of Yonge Mingur Rinpoche and had studied Buddhist...
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by Joren
November 6, 2013
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November 4, 2013
The modern-day mystic and Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello once said: “
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November 4, 2013
There is a Chinese proverb:
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November 2, 2013
I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.I am the owner of my...
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November 1, 2013
I once said to Zen Master Seung Sahn, "Sonsa-nim, life has no meaning!" He replied to me, "Yeah! Life has no meaning, but no meaning is BIG meaning and you must find this point." It took many years for me to understand this teaching. -...
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October 31, 2013
Anybody who has children knows that they can whine. A lot. Seemingly over nothing. They can whine that you’re not reading them a favorite book. Then you start to read the book to them and yes, they whine about that.  
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October 28, 2013
I'd like to start by inviting you to have an experience.  You can read this to yourself, and then try it, but better yet, have someone read it to you, or read it to your friend: Close your eyes and feel the heart of your being.  Take some...
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October 28, 2013
You really have no idea how hard it is for an armadillo to disguise itself sufficiently enough to attend the 2013 annual Giraffe’s Religion and Righteous Spiritual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, without being removed as a heretic simply because...
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October 26, 2013
A student in the meditation class I lead once asked how I could reconcile the truth of impermanence with being married. Since nothing is permanent, how can you take a vow to stay with someone for better or worse, all the days of your life?
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October 24, 2013
For many of us, good posture during meditation practice is elusive. We may start our session with the best of intentions but by the end, we can’t wait for the meditation bell to rescue us from back pain. This post is meant to look at and address the...
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October 23, 2013
"It is beyond good and bad. The sky is blue: is that good or bad? That is Beyond good and bad. Water is flowing: is that good or bad? That too is beyond good or bad.
October 22, 2013
In the Sakka-pañha Sutta, it is said: Then Sakka, having delighted in & expressed his approval of the Blessed One's words, asked him a further question: "But what, dear sir, is the cause of envy & stinginess, what is their...
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October 21, 2013
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a...
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October 19, 2013
  Enlightenment cannot be obtained at Starbucks, no matter what the sign says.
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October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013
Zen teachers are not perfect. Zen teachers can be woefully unskillful, potentially abusive, and can hurt people. In light of all the scandals that have been uncovered in the Zen community over the past few years, this misguided idea that Zen...
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