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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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February 28, 2014
When a bird flies over a pond on a clear sunny day, you can look down at that pond and see a reflection of this as it’s happening: you can expect to see a mirror image of the sun shining brightly and the bird flying overhead in real time. This makes...
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February 28, 2014
We make for ourselves a safe space on the cushion to practice working with whatever comes up during our meditation practice. But as IDP founder Ethan Nichtern teaches, taking the work we've done while sitting out into the world...
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February 26, 2014
Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways.  The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally...
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February 25, 2014
Harold Ramis, who died Monday, was the calm center of antic comedies including "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," and "Groundhog Day," That's no accident -- he was a practicing Zen Buddhist.
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February 25, 2014
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The...
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February 24, 2014
Buddhism is a practical philosophy - it's meant to be tried and tested in the "real" world.  It's designed to help us understand where we get in our own way to happiness. To newbies, it sometimes sounds pretty depressing when we talk about the...
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February 23, 2014
Real Happiness at Work Day 23 So why do we do this?  Why do we take time out to sit on a cushion in silence?
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February 22, 2014
You have opportunities every day to step beyond your role at work and act like a whole human being, offer a helping hand, learn the skill outside your scope of work, allow yourself to be helped by others. This will make your life more humane and...
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February 21, 2014
The theme of this week of the 28-day meditation challenge is lovingkindness, and what better way to get the metta flowing than to talk about what to do when we've missed a day of meditation and want to throw the whole practice out the window?
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February 20, 2014
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the...
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February 18, 2014
Confession: I have been meditating for almost five years now and I still grind my teeth. My dentist was adamant - stop it (she lamented, how many people are not grinding their teeth these days?). I have resisted getting a night guard, because, holy...
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February 18, 2014
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while...
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February 18, 2014
  Meditation trains our awareness in present moment attention by strengthening our systematic structures to nurture the courage to connect with others.
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February 17, 2014
Psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan study motivation. In particular, they have been interested in what makes people intrinsically motivated at work, school, etc.  The theory, called Self-Determination Theory, states basically that humans...
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February 16, 2014
The workplace is like an incubator for the ego. The fact that we care about our work means that we often become identified with it. Our sense of self-worth can become wrapped up in it, even if the job is not our chosen field or career, but just a...
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February 15, 2014
One day I got home from work and found the electricity was off. I reported it to the power company, which gave me an estimate of 90 minutes or so, but when I called back at that time to check, it wasn't even listed as an outage.
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February 14, 2014
Even a fleeting thought of him made every other aspect of my life seem somehow lighter, more meaningful, and more manageable. An overwhelming well of emotions arose within my heart whenever I’d recall the raspy quality of his voice, the dimple that...
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February 14, 2014
When I sit down to meditate before a hectic brunch shift, I am doing something kind for myself. When I make contact with the cushion after a day of waiting tables, I am making space for myself to feel cared for. Meditation has helped me learn to...
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