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December 16, 2013
The first truth of Buddhism is that suffering is inevitable. There's birth, old age, sickness, and death -- and Instagram. Actually, according to a New York Times article, "The  Agony of Instagram," the photo-sharing app is related to the...
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December 14, 2013
Whatever holiday spirit is, I'm not feeling it.
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December 13, 2013
Living far away from IDP I sometimes struggle with the idea of membership or donating to an organization that's so far away, knowing I can't participate in many of the events or programs. There's this common perception that 'charity begins at home...
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December 13, 2013
Putting my head in the mouth of a dragon is how I embraced my 45th birthday this past September. I am that kind of woman. This particular "dragon" takes the form of speaking in front of a group of people and/or performing.
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December 13, 2013
Loneliness has always been the most terrifying and unacceptable emotion for me to sit with. For most of my life I’ve had this nagging sense that somehow I’m just not really understood or connected enough, and therefore not complete enough because...
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December 13, 2013
This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity to study with the Venerable Robina Courtin at Tibet House. Though her identity (always an interesting and slippery thing from a Buddhist point of view) is as that of a former radical lesbian...
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December 11, 2013
My passion for travel has ignited in the past few years; according to this fun graph, I'm a “Culture Vulture” and an “Action Addict”. Why do I travel? There are the typical reasons: seeing the world, experiencing different cultures first-hand,...
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December 10, 2013
Are you as surprised as I was to realize that December 5 was the 4th Annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook?  Who knew that the social network has been heavily investing in studying and applying Emotional Intelligence to its platform?...
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December 10, 2013
A new study has found specific molecular changes from a day of mindfulness meditation. Researchers believe it's the first study to find rapid alterations in gene expression from mindfulness meditation.
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December 7, 2013
This week marked the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, the United States' attempt to outlaw liquor.
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December 6, 2013
Recently I received an email from someone who's about to ordain as a Zen monk in a different order than mine in another country that's very much like our own. His questions brought up a lot of important issues that apply not only to those of us who...
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December 3, 2013
Our times demand that we utilize the whole of our human potential in order to solve personal and global problems.  The future demands training in the entirety of our innate capacity – what I am calling “creative intelligence,” and the...
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December 2, 2013
Recently, IDP announced that January is Responsible eConsumption month and issued a challenge: For one hour each day for the first ten days of January, put down your electronic devices and be present with what you're doing, joining thousands of...
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December 2, 2013
As we enter the holiday season, we will hear the traditional words from Luke 2:14, in which the shepherds abiding in the fields heard the heavenly host of angels saying, "Peace on Earth, and good will to all men." Regardless of whether one comes...
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December 2, 2013
On Sunday morning, a Metro North commuter train derailed in the Bronx. NPR reports that: At least four people are dead, and more than 60 injured after a commuter train derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City Sunday morning. Fourteen of the...
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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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