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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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July 11, 2012
I began to realize that what I’d been taught was not just science, but science woven into a cultural view of the world based on assumptions that were now centuries old.
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July 10, 2012
  When I was first introduced to Buddhism in a high school World Studies class, I dismissed it out-of-hand. This was during the hedonistic days of the late ‘60's, and this spiritual path seemed so grim with its concern about attachment and,...
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July 9, 2012
Before I became a Buddhist, I had a good life: beautiful girlfriend, lots of friends, money to burn, interesting career... but even rockstars, who are supposed to have it all, often feel a profound sense of emptiness. I was no rock star, but ...
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July 9, 2012
  Sweet love is what we've been searching for And love is what we're looking for Yeah, now that I've got it right here in my hand I'm gonna spread it all over the land.*
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July 8, 2012
Admit it, at some point, you’ve said to yourself, “I lost control! What was I thinking!?” You totally went off t
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July 7, 2012
Our perception of bias changes depending on the self-identity we currently have in mind.
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