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June 7, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new column where I will take a quote from music and flesh out how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. -- “My boy builds coffins he makes them all dayBut it's...
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June 6, 2012
 "Blind Contour Buddha" by the late Cindy Woods.
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June 6, 2012
For me, the first step towards freedom has always been letting go of worry about what others think of me. Then there is what may seem like the opposite - caring how I affect others, sometimes restraining myself so as not to displease or upset others...
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June 5, 2012
  Sometimes, when our carefully constructed lives seem to be falling apart – when we get a divorce, lose a business, or are laid off, for example – we can torture and berate ourselves with stories about how we’re failures, what we could have...
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June 4, 2012
This podcast features Sokuzan Bob Brown in a lecture and discussion around his deep experience in both Tibetan Tantric and Soto Zen practices.
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June 2, 2012
We think of meditation as something that separates us from the world, that takes us, perhaps, to Vermont for a long weekend. Allowing feelings to simply be, to connect us with our humanness, gets at the basic sense of feeling worthy to be.
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by Joren
May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012
"...anything that shapes us as people, will ultimately inform the nature of our work" -- John Messinger
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May 28, 2012
It's easy to get fixated on resentment in life. We resent not being loved; we resent snarky remarks; we resent our talents going unnoticed; we resent prejudice; we resent not being perfect. But resentment is the ground for us to work from when...
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May 28, 2012
  All of us experience states of mind that cause us to feel anxious, depressed, fearful, uncertain, insecure, envious, doubtful, impatient. These feelings can seem so powerful at times that we try to eradicate them as quickly as possible...
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May 27, 2012
The end of May brings the end of Arts month at IDP, as well as Memorial Day in the US.  Over the course of the month, I’ve been contemplating and studying the book True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa
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May 26, 2012
Every one of us is getting older, which is a natural process. Time is constantly moving on, second by second. Nothing can stop it, but what we can do is use our time properly; that is in our hands. HHDL
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May 24, 2012
“Suffering occurs when whatever we have – whatever we are – is assumed to be not right – not enough, too much, just somehow off ”Ethan Nichtern Lately my practice has been to notice this over and over again, both in macro and micro.
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by Joren
May 24, 2012
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May 23, 2012
"The Maze ... broke down the traditional relationship between performer and audience, and placed both in a bizarre and engaging space that opened up new possibilities for interaction."
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May 21, 2012
  It was just over a year ago that I very publicly withdrew from the Taego Overseas Seminary after learning about their discriminatory policies; until then these policies had been unknown to me and the general public....
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May 20, 2012
I hate change.  If the coffee shop runs out of my usual olive oil cake in the morning, I'm shocked and confused and completely dissatisfied with a croissant or a tarte.  When my roommate tells me she's moving in three months, I'm in a...
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May 19, 2012
The definition of art, from this point of view, is to be able to see the uniqueness of everyday experience. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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by Joren
May 17, 2012
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May 17, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new column where I will take a quote from music and flesh out how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. -- Your head will collapse If there's nothing in it And...
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by Brian
May 16, 2012
This podcast features an interview between Ethan Nichtern and Susan Piver. This is the second of a two part podcast.
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May 16, 2012
Relationships change, power dynamics shift, internally and externally.  The flow and force of habit and negligence pummel up against the revealing light of awareness, and something shifts...
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May 16, 2012
“What is drama and what is dharma? I guess you could say drama is illusion that acts like truth, and dharma is truth itself-the way things are, the basic state of reality that does not change from day to day according to fashion or our mood or...
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