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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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October 18, 2013
What do you feel grateful for?  After watching a video on the benefits of gratitude I was inspired to start a gratitude journal from October 1st to the US Thanksgiving.  After talking to others about it, I decided every morning I...
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October 17, 2013
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October 16, 2013
If you listen to dharma talks or read contemporary dharma books or talk deep dharma to people, you'll hear the lament that people don't really see each other or hear each other. We see just enough to slot them into a place in our perceptions and...
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October 15, 2013
Book Excerpt from 'Walk Like a Buddha' by Lodro Rinzler Q: How do Buddhists reconcile with the idea that psychopaths (aka sociopaths, like Hitler, Manson, Bundy), may not be born with basic goodness, thereby shattering the tenet that all beings are...
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October 14, 2013
Lack of trust is a very difficult thing to live with. When I first came to this path, I didn’t trust most things, and if I did trust something or someone, I didn’t trust that thing or person fully. I didn't feel safe, so I couldn't build trust.
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October 11, 2013
  The beauty of a meditation practice is you can take it wherever you go. IDP lineage mentor teacher Sharon Salzberg, says, "If you're breathing, you can be meditating.  
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October 11, 2013
Tikker is a digital watch that counts down the minutes to your predicted death, based on your answers to a personal health history questionnaire.  Each Tikker watch comes with a booklet called "About Time," which guides users in calculating...
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October 11, 2013
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October 10, 2013
Work. Work, work, work. What a pain. What a grind. I would keep my eye on the clock, but I'm so trapped in what I'm doing that I literally forget about time, just trying to keep up. Suddenly, my coworker calls out, "Hey, look outside!" and I snap to...
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October 8, 2013
A brief introduction: I was an intern at the Interdependence Project for latter part of Summer 2013. I am a college student, majoring in Religion, and am presently studying in Sri Lanka until December.  Part of what has helped me realize the...
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October 7, 2013
This week’s New York Times includes an opinion piece by Psychiatrist Anna Fels, titled Great Betrayals.  In it she discusses how the discovery of secrets in our personal relationships “bring on tumultuous crises,” which are usually much worse...
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October 4, 2013
Traditional meditation texts sometimes describe the unmeditated state as "monkey mind." But for the last week I've been sitting with my new kitten, and I feel like I'm seeing my mind manifested. The kitten is all over the place -- chasing a piece of...
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