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September 11, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" is a monthly blog where I attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests.
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September 11, 2012
May the causes of violence, both internal and external, cease on Earth. 11 years later, this day still feels important, even if the importance has the quieter tone of a memory you've started to take for granted and pull out of your mental pocket to...
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September 10, 2012
I just aided a weekend workshop at the DC Shambhala Center and one of the students raised a great question, something every social activist or engaged Buddhist has struggled with.
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September 10, 2012
From the Sakkapanha Sutta: 2.2 Sakka asked, ‘What gives rise to jealousy and avarice? What is their origin, how are they born, how do they arise? Owing to the presence of what do they arose, owing to the absence of what do they arise?’ The...
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September 10, 2012
“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in...
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September 8, 2012
Loneliness hurts -- not just psychologically.  Elders who report feeling lonely have an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and depression. Meditation helps.
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September 7, 2012
When I contemplate whether or not I believe in the idea of rebirth or reincarnation, something arises within me that makes me believe that it is not the answer to the question “Does reincarnation exist?” but the exploration of the question that is...
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September 6, 2012
  In the photo above, John holds his 19 year-old dog, Schoep.  He regularly takes Schoep to Lake Superior and cradles him in the water until he falls asleep, as the cool and buoyant water soothes Schoep's arthritic pain.
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September 5, 2012
Michelle Obama's speech was inspiring. I encourage you to watch it. I like her. I might even say I love her, but in her passionate descriptions of her father’s struggles, Mr. Obama’s upbringing, and her and her husband’s very typical (and also rare...
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September 5, 2012
... We have turned into very unnatural beings. But with all our difficulties, we have an opportunity open to us that no other animal has. A cat is the Wonder; but the cat doesn't know that, it just lives it.* But as human beings we have the capacity...
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September 3, 2012
After about five years of meditating like my life depended on it, I hit a wall. For the past two months, getting my butt on the cushion has been a struggle and a constant internal negotiation process. Summer felt good. Life felt good. Samsara...
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September 3, 2012
When we sit in meditation, having a firm tripod of support enables us to be upright and practice for longer periods of time. The posture inspires us to sit firmly on our seat with our buttocks planted firmly on the chair or cushion, and our knees...
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September 3, 2012
(follow Kimberly on Facebook or Twitter) Steve Jobs is now a type of warrior-philosopher deva, living in a mystical palace near his old offices at Apple headquarters in California. 
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September 2, 2012
  (follow Ethan on facebook and twitter) I always consider Labor Day and the beginning of September to be a more pragmatic and realistic New Year’s occasion than whatever happens in January. In fact, many people who question our...
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September 1, 2012
A lot of us have chairs that talk to us, but our chairs are internal. They provide a spot for the inner critic,  the committee that makes us question our buddhahood.
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August 31, 2012
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August 30, 2012
(Follow Ethan on facebook and twitter)   Hi, all. We are hoping you had a wonderful summer and are excited to announce our Fall 2012 offerings of exceptional online classes, retreats, lectures, and our continuing Transformational Activism...
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August 29, 2012
When nothing is special, everything can be. -- Charlotte Joko Beck
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August 27, 2012
"Until we have reached a decision to place our faith in something much greater than our own ego, there is really no point in trying to work with a teacher." -Dzigar Kongtrul  
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August 27, 2012
"I can't even breathe the air without the help of other beings.."
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August 25, 2012
Is it ironic that radical feminism opened the door to seeing the interconnectedness of all existence?
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August 24, 2012
I’m going to share with you a relaxation exercise that I do after yoga sometimes that can help you relax after yoga or whenever you want. Lie on your back with your arms at your side, palms facing the ceiling. Relax your hips, neck, back, and the...
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by Joren
August 23, 2012
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August 23, 2012
  A friend who is far smarter than I once told me that it’s possible that both time and space not to exist. This was too much for me. The idea that one moment (time) would not follow the next and that in the place of something (space) there...
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