Featured Articles and Journals: Compassion

November 17, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monk and author, Matthieu Ricard, was visiting his home town in Aix-les-Bains, in France, for a conference when the Paris attacks occurred last week.  Ricard, a scientist who holds a PhD in molecular genetics, has written and...
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September 30, 2015
In southern Arizona, where I live, many people think that it’s illegal to give exhausted desert travelers water, food, and shelter. Go ahead and re-read that first sentence.
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August 31, 2015
Back in June, at the beginning of the summer, IDP decided to offer a weekly Metta/Lovingkindness Meditation practice, on Fridays from 6-7pm. When planning the offering, I wondered if anyone would attend - sometimes it's quiet during the summer,...
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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 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 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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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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February 12, 2015
There’s a big fat hammer up above, beyond the blue in the sky,” he told me. “It’s just up there waitin’. One day, when you least expect it, that hammer comes streakin’ down on you like Big Pink’s fist. That’s the ultimate test for a boxer, for any...
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November 25, 2014
All day I’ve been considering what is an appropriate statement for me to make about last night’s announcement that a grand jury has failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown.   Some would say that I should...
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November 25, 2014
Grief is an appropriate response.  I feel it running down my spine, pooling in my legs, and pouring into the earth I pray can hold all this.  Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson Missouri released their decision not to indict...
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October 28, 2014
For anyone who wishes to take their meditation and mindfulness practice to the next level, it is now possible to obtain a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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October 18, 2014
Like so many others, I was shocked and saddened, and also drawn into deep contemplation, on hearing that the beloved actor, comedian and social activist, Robin Williams, had taken his own life. As a hypnotherapist who has worked with many people...
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August 25, 2014
Earlier this month, I wrote about why you might choose to take your meditation practice off the cushion and into the streets this coming September for the historic People's Climate March to address climate change. Now, with the march itself a month...
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July 28, 2014
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."- The Coptic Guy
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June 24, 2014
At a weekend workshop I led, one of the participants, Marian, shared her story about the shame and guilt that had tortured her. Marian’s daughter Christy, in recovery for alcoholism, had asked her mother to join her in therapy.
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May 28, 2014
The truth is: without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.   Father Theophane, a Christian mystic, writes about an incident that happened when he took some time off from his secular...
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April 14, 2014
I've been watching the free online course on Buddhism and Modern Psychology by Princeton professor Robert Wright (available here).
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March 5, 2014
The Dalai Lama gave the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Senate session on Thursday. In Buddhism, prayer isn't seen as an appeal to a higher authority but as a way of connecting to our own highest aspirations. What are your aspirations for the...
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February 16, 2014
The workplace is like an incubator for the ego. The fact that we care about our work means that we often become identified with it. Our sense of self-worth can become wrapped up in it, even if the job is not our chosen field or career, but just a...
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January 31, 2014
A few years ago I was talking with someone who was about to embark on a street retreat. A street retreat is a safe and guided event in which a group of people pretend to be homeless for a few days — begging for money, finding a way to feed...
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January 21, 2014
Yonge Mingyur Rinpoche -- who in 2011 left behind most of his possessions, his growing acclaim, and his followers to become a wandering yogi -- was recently spotted by his former assistant, who provided a rare update:
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January 9, 2014
To listen is to lean in softlyWith a willingness to be changedBy what we hear – Mark Nepo  
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December 30, 2013
It's the time of year when we are most often asked to "think of the less fortunate." But what if we felt empowered to take action that might actually help them? #OpSafeWinter, inspired by the lessons learned at Occupy Wall Street and from teachers...
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