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May 19, 2015
Excerpted from Toni Bernhard's How to Be Sick. In this book, Bernhard shares ways to make “being sick” the heart of a spiritual practice — and through truly learning how to be sick, learn how to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. In...
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May 15, 2015
One of the reasons for meditating -- sitting still and focusing on an object, such as the breath -- is to train in tapping into the calm space in your awareness so that you can find that space in the midst of chaos. Like on stage during the National...
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May 12, 2015
It's been a few weeks since the Nepalese earthquake struck, devastating the country, killing over 8,000 people and injuring ~20,000.  Today another powerful quake hit, bringing even more destruction and chaos.   As a result of these...
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May 11, 2015
It is hardly necessary, or even necessarily recommended, to follow up Shambhala Level One with Shambhala Level Two: The Birth of the Warrior as quickly as I did.
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May 3, 2015
The charge of "depraved heart murder" was filed against one of the Baltimore police officers accused in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. That's an odd term for most of us: "Depraved heart."
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April 28, 2015
“What are you working with right now?” he asked me. (This is something Buddhists sometimes ask each other.) “Kindness,” I responded. “I find that I can always be a little kinder to myself.” “Oh, that’s a great place to start.” I smiled inwardly. I...
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April 28, 2015
An excerpt from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book The Middle Way.
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April 27, 2015
For some, taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is not abstraction.  It’s front-and-center reality.  But what if that refuge is breached?
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April 25, 2015
Update 4/26:  Shantideva Meditation Center is offering a special Medicine Buddha Puja at Jewel Heart in NYC on Tuesday, 4/27, to offer prayers for those affected by the earthquake. 
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April 23, 2015
I’m not against correcting our posture or body on principle. I wish all it took to rid ourselves of chronic pain and tension was figuring the right angle or position, and tapping our body into place. It’s such a seductive offer, that we need...
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April 21, 2015
  Wake Up It is time pounding at you, time.Knowing you are aliveis watching on every sideyour generation’s short timefalling away as fast as rivers drop though air,and feeling it hit hard. —Annie Dillard Being old is new for us.
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April 17, 2015
On his three-month tour of the U.S., His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has often used the environment -- and the threats it faces from human misuse -- as an avenue for Buddhist teachings.
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April 12, 2015
A new study reports that merely reading Buddhist terms in a word puzzle -- such as dharma, Buddha, and awakening -- increased the likelihood of "prosocial" behaviors among study participants, some of them familiar with Buddhism and others not.
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April 7, 2015
We're entering heavy sports season here in the U.S., with the month-long college basketball championships wrapping up -- March Madness that now extends into April -- and playoffs looming for professional basketball and hockey, even as baseball...
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April 7, 2015
Excerpted from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith (Wisdom Publications, 2014). ___________________________________________________________________
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April 6, 2015
Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village sangha has announced that their beloved teacher has returned home:
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April 2, 2015
I am sitting in a small walk-up apartment on North Spaulding Avenue. I am sitting in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, located in the Midwest region of the United States of America.
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April 1, 2015
Yes, it’s April Fools, a “holiday” I’ve never quite understood how it came to pass, but it does raise the question of humor and pranks in our lives. One of the knocks on Buddhism is that by being ok with whatever is happening a kind of flat-lining...
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March 28, 2015
As a child I was often told that starving children in China would be happy to have the mushy peas I carefully picked out from the Campbell's vegetable soup and left in the bowl. I felt bad for the starving children, but that wasn't going to make me...
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March 27, 2015
  The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived on the West Coast last week to begin his tour of the United States. He's scheduled to give many public talks as well as teachings throughout the country over the next few weeks.  But he...
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March 24, 2015
  Excerpted from A New Buddhist Path by David R. Loy. PATH We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
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March 20, 2015
Insurance companies aren't known for taking risks on unproven methods. So when Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini -- who had personal experience with the healing benefits of yoga and meditation -- wanted to spread the practices to Aetna's employees, he looked...
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March 15, 2015
We create the world with our thoughts, the Buddha taught, but we experience it with our bodies. That's one of those fun conundrums of Buddhism.
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March 10, 2015
Excerpted from The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.
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