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September 9, 2013
At my meditation group last night, we discussed “letting go” in the context of painful memories, anger, disappointment, frustration, and injury.  I found myself intrigued by what seem to be two different meanings – a conventional cultural one...
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September 9, 2013
A small study by researchers at the University of Oregon found that mindfulness meditation may help smokers cut back.
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September 7, 2013
Buddhists are supposed to be placid, right?
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September 6, 2013
 
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September 5, 2013
Witnessing my teacher lead a class while crying, I am inspired by the self-compassion and bravery she displays in opening to us and proving what it means to be human.
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September 5, 2013
  The other day my son, my greatest teacher as I’ve mentioned before, was having a tantrum. He’s only 18 months old so he’s entitled. Out of curiosity I offered him some instruction on following the breath. It seemed pointless given a...
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September 4, 2013
For part of July and August I traveled throughout China and Tibet for my work with the Tibetan Village Project, a non-political, non-governmental organization I've recently begun working for. I’ve been meaning to write about my experience (adding to...
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by Paul S
September 4, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. In my view, Buddhism is a journey of cultivating the heart, and towards that...
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September 4, 2013
  While prepping the syllabus for my  fall online course via Interdependence Project, The Journey of Relationships, I came across this quote from the Karmapa (head of a major Tibetan Buddhist lineage) on his Facebook page...
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September 2, 2013
Today is Labor Day in the US, which can be seen as a celebration of interdependence.
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August 31, 2013
Today is the last day of IDP's Heavy Metta Month, in which members of the community committed to practicing lovingkindness meditation for every day in the month of August. Time to move on. Or not.
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August 30, 2013
Have a safe and restful holiday weekend everyone. The beauty of a meditation practice is you can take it wherever you go. IDP lineage mentor teacher, Sharon Salzberg, says, "If you're breathing, you can be meditating."
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August 29, 2013
A difficult exercise with my meditation teacher shows me the powerfully healing gift of practicing equanimity, for ourselves and for others.
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August 28, 2013
As August draws to a close, here are some of my thoughts and observations on attempting a more disciplined metta practice this month.
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Joy
August 27, 2013
Not too long ago, my ex-husband, Alex, brought us a big batch of his homemade almond butter. It is such a really delicious treat. I took a bite, and as I tasted it, I thought, “This is so good! I’m going to have some more.” And then immediately I...
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by Paul S
August 27, 2013
I have to say that I cringe a little when I hear White Buddhists talk about "ethnic" Buddhist traditions.  Sure, every large religious or philosophical tradition can stray from core tenets over time, or the connection to those tenets can be...
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August 27, 2013
I’m pondering an issue this morning that I care about way more than Miley Cyrus at the Video Music Awards, although I am definitely a true-blooded American when it comes to getting some little rubbernecking thrill out of watching the psychological...
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August 26, 2013
Can all beings be happy? Isn’t there some kind of winner-loser scenario in place to prevent that? Don’t beings eat other beings?
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August 26, 2013
This last week of Metta Month we will focus on equanimity.  Instead of discussing it directly, I attach some thoughts written at a difficult moment in the recent past.
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August 26, 2013
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, marked by Martin Luther King Jr.s "Dream" speech. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King called for an end to racism in the U.S. and described his...
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August 25, 2013
Moving to a new place is supposed to be one of the most difficult life events a person can experience, after death of a loved one or divorce. This is very easy to identify with, in the fourteenth hour of Day Two of your road trip across the country...
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August 24, 2013
In most frameworks, metta -- or lovingkindness -- is taught as the first of the Four Immeasurable Qualities. As Buddhism is endlessly open to interpretation, there is another way to look at it. Patrul Rinpoche, in "Words of My Perfect Teacher," says...
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August 23, 2013
Your body is always changing. Accept all that you think it is and can do you for you as well as all that you think it is not and what you view as limitations. Be kind and accept your body for all it does for you. Your heart beats, food digests,...
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August 21, 2013
Last year I traveled to Japan, where, in between the usual touristy stuff, I was introduced to Buddhist meditation practice for the first time in Kyoto and later stayed overnight at a monastery south of the city. I knew something of Zen before my...
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August 19, 2013
It's a real burden to want to be happy all the time.  In fact, it's such a burden that we often think others should help us to shoulder it - we look to others to "make" us happy, which is a Sisyphean task (at best). Not only that, but it's a...
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