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July 15, 2013
War begins when we harden our hearts, and we harden them easily -- in minor ways and then in serious, major ways, such as hatred and prejudice -- whenever we feel uncomfortable. It's so sad, really, because our motivation in hardening our hearts is...
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July 13, 2013
The first time you walk into a new place is an experience of groundlessness -- and since we generally don't like to free-fall through life, the first thing we do is look for ground. It's part of our survival instinct, a remnant of our lizard brain:...
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July 12, 2013
Daily Sit invites you to practice meditation with a live online community tomorrow morning. Each week there will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to participate online in a community sit. Please join us, Saturday, July 13...
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July 11, 2013
  It’s half past something. A quarter to whatever. Five minutes after I-have-no-idea.
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July 10, 2013
Our family dog died this past Friday. It was very sudden. No warning signs. No fatal premonitions. No chance for me to say goodbye. But then, Life and Death are both beyond us, and they wait for no one. Or as Billy Pilgrim might say, “So it goes.”
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July 8, 2013
Illness inspires me to embark on a fourteen-day fast.  I meet the days leading up to it with overwhelming resistance and panic, and talk about what it's like and how I'm feeling emotionally and physically.
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July 8, 2013
Two recent articles, with nearly identical opening paragraphs but different content, make the point that mindfulness is trending.
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July 7, 2013
Do buddhists get hot? Let’s get something straight. That is, yes, a double entendre, hereby spoiled by its designation. That is: you’d better get some ice water, and you’d better hold on to those skivvies. But that’s neither fish nor fowl.
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July 6, 2013
I spent the last week on retreat in the Colorado Rockies, leaving the final ritual early to make my plane -- only to have my flight delayed, finally leaving 20 hours after scheduled. It was, in its way, an excellent opportunity to practice.
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July 5, 2013
 
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July 5, 2013
  The Fourth of July celebrates our independence from Great Britain in 1776. This independent spirit, this emphasis we put on liberty and freedom, has permeated our American culture since its inception. Yet very few of us are truly free.
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July 1, 2013
A reading of the book 'One City' inspires me and my family to pick up garbage on the streets and changes the way I view what is ours and what is others
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July 1, 2013
I have only ever given one religious teaching to my older daughter (currently a teenager).  She and I like to play cards.  If, after a game of cards, you asked us each to describe what had happened in the game, would we tell you the same...
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June 29, 2013
The Way of the Bodhisattva is one of the great classics of Mahayana Buddhism, a loosely connected body of teachings and practices ranging from Japanese Zen Buddhism to the Vajrayana Buddhism of Tibet. Mahayana Buddhism is considered by its followers...
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June 29, 2013
The Buddha lists discipline as one of the six paramitas, or transcendent actions, that help us move toward enlightenment. It's not one that most people are eager to talk about. Discipline brings up fears of shame, blame, and deprivation. Buddhist...
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June 28, 2013
  
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June 28, 2013
  There's a lot of misinformation out there about what Buddhism is and what it isn't, which is very unfortunate since it's an incredible spiritual system that teaches us how to work with our minds so that we can develop a clarity, confidence,...
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June 27, 2013
  A funny thing has happened. Things are suddenly going very well. And I’m not sure what to feel.
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June 26, 2013
Last week Brett Boyar’s post on this blog, titled “Use Your Non-Dominant Hand”, got me thinking about being more mindful about the tasks I do every day with my hands. As Brett described that week’s mindfulness exercise, and the interesting insights...
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June 25, 2013
When we practice metta for someone, can it have an effect ON that person? I spent the weekend reflecting on and practicing lovingkindness meditation (metta) at the IDP Immersion weekend, and this question came up. My initial impulse was to say no...
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June 24, 2013
I break from routine imbibing to explore abstinence and its effects on my mind and body
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June 24, 2013
Is that copper I smell in the air? Or gold? No wait, it’s automobiles! Oh, it’s just the Man of Steel. Gross. What the heck is he doing in Miass, Chelyabinsk, Russia?
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June 24, 2013
George Stephanopoulos, host of Good Morning America, started meditating after hearing about the scientific benefits. He's been doing it every day for a couple of years now. Now he calls it a lifesaver.
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June 22, 2013
In the novel I'm currently reading, the protagonist has to go through An Ordeal, one of the tests that's required to fulfill the hero trope. In this story, a work of magical realism in which existence is revealed to be a dream and dreams turn out to...
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June 21, 2013
  Recently I visited a very traditional Zen temple in the New York City area run by a monk who has spent most of his life living and practicing at a beautiful monastery tucked away high up on a mountaintop somewhere in Asia. He’s a real life...
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