Nutrition & Body Wellness

Creative Intelligence and Authenticity Needed Now

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 development of tools and promoting awareness of the potential within each of us to function as fully authentic beings.

Dharma Connect: Mindful Doctors Mean Happier Patients

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?

For the Benefit of Which Beings?

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 new to Buddhist study and protective of the teachings, which didn't seem to belong in a bible of conspicuous consumption and body image. It seemed to be a misappropriation of the teachings.

Dharma Connect: A Father Meets Hatred with Love

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  by the father of a teenager who was set on fire on a bus so extraordinary.

Give up Hope.....You're Not Perfect!

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.  They felt sorry for me!

Dharma Connect: Lou Reed's Meditative Death

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 teachings on how to prepare for death -- and how to live when one spouse has a terminal illness.

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