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November 30, 2013
I am a feminist. And a Buddhist. If I were to make a Venn diagram of my identities these two would have a lot of overlap.
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November 29, 2013
We’ve survived another Thanksgiving.
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November 27, 2013
Q: How many eggs does a Frenchman eat?
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November 26, 2013
Most of us spend a lot of our lives tensed up in fear, or pushing against fear. 
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November 26, 2013
Could there be a link between meditation practice and the shifting of corporate concerns to align with the greater good? Can coaching based on introspection and meditation programs delivered in the business world impact the probability to act...
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November 25, 2013
Good morning (or whatever aspect of day you are experiencing).
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November 24, 2013
Earlier this month, The New Yorker online interviewed Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche while he was getting ready to speak at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.  The Sakyong is the leader of the Shambhala tradition, which believes in the inherent...
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November 23, 2013
Actor and progressive activist 
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November 23, 2013
Every morning I make the aspiration "to look at the world with eyes of compassion." I say this as I look in the mirror just after getting out of bed, and I remind myself that it includes how I see myself -- now, with my bedhair pushed into a...
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November 21, 2013
Would you rather be seen by a doctor who paid attention to you, who listened to what you said during your appointment, or one who was distracted, whose mind was somewhere else, who heard the first few sentences and then made assumptions?
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November 19, 2013
Sitting on the edge of a cliff, dressed in a flimsy cloth while gazing at the horizon, was a familiar mind game while a child.  I am not sure, but I think it may have begun after reading the book Lost Horizons by James Hilton, or Lost Horizons...
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November 16, 2013
I remember the first time I saw a headline touting "mindfulness" on the cover of O, the Oprah magazine, which also extolls the benefits of a $250 french fry maker and $300 Ugg boots. I was disconcerted. This was several years ago, and I was fairly...
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November 15, 2013
I’ve been very sick all week with an upper respiratory infection, which made practicing the way I normally do -- seated upright on a cushion with my hands joined just under my navel -- nearly impossible. It’s hard to follow your breath when you can’...
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November 14, 2013
What are the chances of someone faking their death through meditation?Reading about Andy Kaufman's chance of faking his own death through meditation,  really adds to the spectacle of wanting to get away from your identity,...
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November 14, 2013
The Buddha said that hatred never destroys hatred -- only love can do that. But it's hard not to hate people who hurt people, especially when the ones they hurt are children, especially when they hurt our children. That's what makes a letter written...
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November 13, 2013
I not-so-recently recently wrote a blog post about the stories your mind tends to write, and how easy it is to be ruled by them. But as with many things, there’s another angle to it. Sometimes your emotions and mind-states are a sign that your...
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November 12, 2013
Maybe you won’t admit it, but I gave myself away one day in a workshop.  I actually heard myself say it, “I want to be perfect.”  Well, I didn’t actually hear it at first; it was everyone’s reaction to my admission that startled me. ...
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November 11, 2013
As you may know, this weekend Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited New York City.
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November 8, 2013
Laurie Anderson -- performance artist, meditator, and wife of Lou Reed -- wrote an extraordinarily beautiful description in this week's Rolling Stone of her husband's death. The couple were students of Yonge Mingur Rinpoche and had studied Buddhist...
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by Joren
November 6, 2013
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November 4, 2013
The modern-day mystic and Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello once said: “
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November 4, 2013
There is a Chinese proverb:
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November 2, 2013
I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.I am the owner of my...
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November 1, 2013
I once said to Zen Master Seung Sahn, "Sonsa-nim, life has no meaning!" He replied to me, "Yeah! Life has no meaning, but no meaning is BIG meaning and you must find this point." It took many years for me to understand this teaching. -...
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October 31, 2013
Anybody who has children knows that they can whine. A lot. Seemingly over nothing. They can whine that you’re not reading them a favorite book. Then you start to read the book to them and yes, they whine about that.  
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