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May 1, 2014
Human Journey, an initiative of Desmond Tutu, is challenging us to use the month of May to ingrain our forgiveness practice.
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April 30, 2014
Riding the subway is a daily exercise in frustration that really challenges my practice. Coupled with a rather stressful day job, it’s gotten to a point where I feel like I, a fairly mild-mannered person at heart, sometimes end up donning aggressive...
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April 28, 2014
The New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone, posted an interesting interview yesterday with Buddhist philosopher Jay L.
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April 27, 2014
When I lead meditation, I start by asking people to feel the floor under them, to notice where their
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April 23, 2014
A British woman is being held in a detention camp in Sri Lanka prior to being deported. Her offense? Having a tattoo of a buddha.
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April 18, 2014
Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier...
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April 14, 2014
I've been watching the free online course on Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Princeton professor Robert Wright (available here).
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April 13, 2014
The news arrived a week ago that author and Zen teacher, Peter Matthiessen had died. As he makes the journey onward, I offer profound gratitude to him for his writing, for his activism, and for his teaching. Beyond dharma, he taught a simple...
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April 12, 2014
I was on retreat last fall with a teacher whose message is to meet everything with compassion. "Enlightenment is when you meet all the pain in life with compassion," he said. I don't know what that means, I said.
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April 9, 2014
The genocide in Rwanda that took place 20 years ago is one of the worst displays of ethnic hatred in modern times. Nearly a million people were killed. How does a country heal from that?
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April 8, 2014
David Brooks' excellent piece in the NY Times reminded me of these thoughts I had written some time ago.
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April 5, 2014
In the world of corporate mindfulness, Google -- which is so ubiquitous that its name is synonymous with "search online" -- has an equally impressive teacher: Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay, as he is known by followers, has sold more than 2 million...
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April 1, 2014
This extraordinary description of fearless love, on behalf of my 3-year-old, is a constant reminder to soften, listen, and open to my shaky heart. Here, my 3- year-old describes – without prompting or any previous conversations about love, human...
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March 29, 2014
Hatred has never stopped hatred. Only love stops hate. This is the eternal law. - The Still Point Dhammapada It's not easy to love those who hate -- especially those who preach hate and shove their hatred in the faces of other people when they are...
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March 28, 2014
It was around four in the morning when I was awakened by a drunken group of weekend party people on the street outside my window singing an off-key rendition of Don’t You Want Me Baby. I was amazed at how a song I’d always loved so much could...
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March 27, 2014
According to a new study out of Division of Substance Abuse at Columbia Psychiatry, when it comes to long-term results, a treatment program structured to incorporate mindfulness meditation is better for supporting participants in relapse...
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March 22, 2014
A new study by Canadian researchers says that mindfulness can reduce chocolate cravings.
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March 20, 2014
A meditative practice, like physical exercise, demands reaching a limit and moving beyond it. We often refer to “deepening our practice,” and what we mean is finding new levels of insight, or extending the durations of our sits, or perhaps engaging...
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March 15, 2014
The first time I saw Oprah Winfrey, who has a net worth of $2.9 billion, promoting mindfulness on the cover of O! Magazine, I was taken aback. I was fairly new to Buddhist studies then, and I was protective of the dharma. How did mindfulness -- the...
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March 12, 2014
Today, March 12, is the 25th anniversary of the day that Tim Boerners-Lee presented his vision for a way to connect all the computers in the world. At that time, he says, he called it "mesh." He came up with World Wide Web in 1990 when he began...
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March 12, 2014
Many folks think meditation is all about relieving stress, achieving inner peace, and attaining clarity of focus in “moments of Zen.” They are mistaken.
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March 11, 2014
Many people confuse kindness and love with co-dependency and giving-in, and fear that being kind would mean allowing others to hurt or harm you or others.  The reality is that wisdom leads to discernment, which means that kindness is used in...
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March 8, 2014
Though they have no objective reality, gender constructs affect our place in society. They influence how much pay we receive for the jobs we do and the roles we play at home in the family. They affect which aspects of our personality we feel...
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March 5, 2014
The Dalai Lama gave the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Senate session on Thursday. In Buddhism, prayer isn't seen as an appeal to a higher authority but as a way of connecting to our own highest aspirations. What are your aspirations for the...
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March 1, 2014
In the Tibetan calendar, Sunday is Losar, the start of a new year (the year of the wood horse). Losar's eve -- today -- is celebrated not with confetti and crystal balls but with cleaning, wiping away the outward schmutz of the old year.
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