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August 4, 2012
*Playfulness as a Practice*I think there's something wildly playful about embracing how completely and compellingly alive we are. Have you ever practiced the mindfulness exercise of sitting in concentration and asking your senses to come alive, one...
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August 4, 2012
Buddhism is a journey without goal, a road to nowhere, the groundless ground. So summer travel shouldn't be an obstacle to practice, right?
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by Joren
August 2, 2012
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August 2, 2012
On retreat this week, the teacher, the fantastic Jenny Bondurant,  said that the meaning of "sacred" is our direct experience of form, feeling, perception, thoughts, and consciousness. To find the sacred is not to empty ourselves of these, but...
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August 1, 2012
I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it....
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July 31, 2012
  Ever since I was a teen, my drive to be productive has been a key strategy of what I often refer to as my “wanting self.” When I feel insecure, producing—whether it’s a finished article, a stack of paid bills or a clean kitchen—is my most...
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July 30, 2012
I'm a big geek when it comes to stories about brave warriors battling the forces of darkness and tyranny. So naturally, I was excited about Game of Thrones, the show on HBO about seven medieval kingdoms battling to rule over a fantasy...
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July 27, 2012
I like to give people advice.  If someone gives me a chance to say what I think, I jump at it. So when someone talks to me about how difficult their life is, I listen deeply, because my turn to speak is coming. (Tongue and cheek implied.)
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July 26, 2012
What is the source of true happiness?
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July 26, 2012
The flowers open in early morning and wither during the following night.
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July 26, 2012
In my last post I suggested that people don’t like to meditate in noisy places, like Times Square, and that most retreats take place in the serenity of the woods, the desert, and the mountains. (Of course, right on cue, Patrick Morris sat in Times...
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July 25, 2012
You’re the only one who knows when you’re opening and when you’re closing. You’re the only one who knows when you’re using things to protect yourself and keep your ego together and when you’re opening and letting things fall apart, letting the world...
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July 25, 2012
Mindfulness meditation can reduce the severity and duration of acute respiratory infections in adults, a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine says. Moderate exercise has a similar benefit.
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July 24, 2012
  Temporary nirvana
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July 23, 2012
How Patrul Rinpoche taught the Dharma, as told by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:
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July 22, 2012
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter)I am thinking of Aurora, Colorado today. I am guessing, as Roger Ebert suggested in his Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, that some people will call for a reduction in movie violence. Ebert seems to think this...
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July 21, 2012
How can I respond to tragic events thousands of miles away?
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by Joren
July 20, 2012
 
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July 18, 2012
  Just before leaving for my two week trip to London and Paris I was concerned by how my regular sitting meditation schedule would be drastically interrupted. So I knew I’d have to practice what I preach even more than usual: I had to find a...
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July 16, 2012
A recent article in the New York Review of Books suggests that many of the greatest works of literature, (particularly modern literature), wouldn't have been written if their authors were Buddhist.   The writer, Tim Parks, believes that...
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July 14, 2012
Happy Continuation Day, Ani Pema!
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by Joren
July 12, 2012
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July 12, 2012
I’ve been working in Dublin, Ireland, for the last three weeks. Once you’re recognized as an American, a few questions inevitably arise: Have you been here before? Do you have any family from Ireland? And, my personal favorite, Have you had a...
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July 11, 2012
I am feeling moved to respond to Kimberly Brown's piece about the experience of going to the Berkshires for a summer trip and coming back to New York City. THAT exact moment of returning to the city -- beautifully described in Ethan's novella -- is...
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