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April 7, 2015
Excerpted from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith (Wisdom Publications, 2014). ___________________________________________________________________
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April 6, 2015
Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village sangha has announced that their beloved teacher has returned home:
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April 2, 2015
I am sitting in a small walk-up apartment on North Spaulding Avenue. I am sitting in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, located in the Midwest region of the United States of America.
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April 1, 2015
Yes, it’s April Fools, a “holiday” I’ve never quite understood how it came to pass, but it does raise the question of humor and pranks in our lives. One of the knocks on Buddhism is that by being ok with whatever is happening a kind of flat-lining...
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March 28, 2015
As a child I was often told that starving children in China would be happy to have the mushy peas I carefully picked out from the Campbell's vegetable soup and left in the bowl. I felt bad for the starving children, but that wasn't going to make me...
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March 27, 2015
  The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived on the West Coast last week to begin his tour of the United States. He's scheduled to give many public talks as well as teachings throughout the country over the next few weeks.  But he...
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March 24, 2015
  Excerpted from A New Buddhist Path by David R. Loy. PATH We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
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March 20, 2015
Insurance companies aren't known for taking risks on unproven methods. So when Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini -- who had personal experience with the healing benefits of yoga and meditation -- wanted to spread the practices to Aetna's employees, he looked...
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March 15, 2015
We create the world with our thoughts, the Buddha taught, but we experience it with our bodies. That's one of those fun conundrums of Buddhism.
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March 10, 2015
Excerpted from The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.
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March 7, 2015
I've been reading about Ruth Denison, a Buddhist teacher who died Feb. 26. I'd picked up a book about her, Dancing in the Dharma, because I liked the title. I had not heard of her. That's a shame, because Denison's work deeply influenced how...
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March 5, 2015
I pride myself on being well-informed. I pride myself on having good taste. I judge myself so harshly and berate myself so aggressively that I'm left to wonder how this rigorous humility might serve me. Perhaps it saves me the trouble of taking on...
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March 5, 2015
Your life is terrible so you decide to do something about it. You try everything. You change jobs, you change partners, you exercise, you give your time to charity, maybe you numb it out a bit with drink or drugs, I don’t know, but you try and try...
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February 28, 2015
I had plans last night to go into the city and meet a dear friend to see a very special performance. So many things went wrong that I could easily have had an terrible time. Instead -- thanks to practice -- it was full of extraordinary lessons and...
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February 27, 2015
“I like that Chicago is a 'flyover' city,” said Harper Reed, former Chief Technical Officer at Threadless and Obama For America, now humbly billing himself as "Probably One of the Coolest Guys Ever." “It means nobody bothers us while we're working.”
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February 27, 2015
When I teach meditation to beginners, I usually tell them that the act of closing our eyes is powerful, because we’re setting an intention to let go of the desire for constant stimulation in an effort bring our attention inward and listen. Our joint...
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February 23, 2015
Where are you & What’s coming up?In contemplating the layers between space and action,I'm beginning to feel that lacking any control of mind makes plans feel fleetingly temporary.By paving both path and practice these last six weeks, I’ve...
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February 23, 2015
Beginning a mindfulness meditation practice is difficult.
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February 19, 2015
Living with pain can sometimes feel like half living. A part of you is always tied up with the pain, strategizing how to beat it or bracing against it. Imagine not having to micromanage your pain, or have it be surrounded by stiffness. Imagine being...
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February 19, 2015
I am hating most everything in my life and I’m finding it almost impossible not to make that, or me, bad.  I didn’t realize I was making it bad and pushing it away until I sat down to write – at which point I heard my therapist’s voice and my...
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February 18, 2015
I hate to bother you, but I have a book recommendation. You'd never think such a brisk, poppy work would have so much to say about the passive-aggressive communication we buy into, but you might be surprised! Besides, it's only about 100 pages! Of...
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February 13, 2015
In the movie "The Babadook," there's a moment when the viewer knows the evil spirit has infiltrated the main character. Until this point, she has been the embodiment of sweet patience -- responding gently and evenly to everyone, never with a hint of...
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February 12, 2015
There’s a big fat hammer up above, beyond the blue in the sky,” he told me. “It’s just up there waitin’. One day, when you least expect it, that hammer comes streakin’ down on you like Big Pink’s fist. That’s the ultimate test for a boxer, for any...
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February 11, 2015
So many lessons in such a short period of time,that's the story for a bunch of our lives.Enlightened(Up!) or not"Be your Own guide"& relearn to relax. 
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February 11, 2015
A few weekends ago, while my wife was in Jamaica, I took a plunge of sorts. I took, and completed, The Art of Being Human, a two-day immersive course at my local Shambhala Center.
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