Featured Articles and Journals: buddha

March 5, 2015
I pride myself on being well-informed. I pride myself on having good taste. I judge myself so harshly and berate myself so aggressively that I'm left to wonder how this rigorous humility might serve me. Perhaps it saves me the trouble of taking on...
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December 16, 2014
It’s that time of year. Self-reflection is at an all time high and our minds are naturally drawn to what we want to keep, discard, or create as a new year dawns. It may also be a time of both greater activity (celebrations, shopping, visitors,...
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December 13, 2014
The Buddha said that if you practice lovingkindness, or metta, meditation, you will experience scores of benefits (well, 11 specific ones). His list did not mention that you will have a better time at parties. Add that.
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October 30, 2014
There’s a new small Buddha statue in our apartment. After years of sitting in front of nothing, I decided to put together a shrine of sorts. As it turns out, all that advice to do so was valuable. There’s something more dedicated about the practice...
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June 9, 2014
(The Buddha) relinguished the watcher, and his mind opened into incredible presence. One of the first thing that happens on retreat is that I become aware of my watcher, the voice in my head who congratulates, castigates, and criticizes meand my...
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April 23, 2014
A British woman is being held in a detention camp in Sri Lanka prior to being deported. Her offense? Having a tattoo of a buddha.
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March 28, 2014
It was around four in the morning when I was awakened by a drunken group of weekend party people on the street outside my window singing an off-key rendition of Don’t You Want Me Baby. I was amazed at how a song I’d always loved so much could...
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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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December 19, 2013
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter or visit his website) Let's face it, sometimes the holidays just…suck. Maybe that's not the most Buddhist way of saying it, but it is how it feels. Even more than in past years,...
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November 14, 2013
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...
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October 7, 2013
This week’s New York Times includes an opinion piece by Psychiatrist Anna Fels, titled Great Betrayals.  In it she discusses how the discovery of secrets in our personal relationships “bring on tumultuous crises,” which are usually much worse...
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June 28, 2013
  There's a lot of misinformation out there about what Buddhism is and what it isn't, which is very unfortunate since it's an incredible spiritual system that teaches us how to work with our minds so that we can develop a clarity, confidence,...
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May 24, 2013
  Sometimes waves of sadness crash over us that are so heavily charged it feels as if there will never again be any room in our hearts for any sort of happiness or peace of mind. Whenever anger arises our tendency is to try to rid ourselves of...
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March 22, 2013
 
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by Lani
March 21, 2013
A little over a month ago, an IDP member and friend posted an invitation to a street retreat. What does one do on a street retreat?
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March 20, 2013
Am I everything or am I nothing?Rumor has it that a bunch of students asked Buddha whether there is a self or there is no self.  Wisely, he refused to answer.
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by Joren
March 14, 2013
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March 10, 2013
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter, or visit his website) Since the decline of Occupy Wall Street as a major social and media phenomenon, the notion of wealth inequality has sort of dropped off my personal political and moral radar...
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March 4, 2013
March is Women's History Month. Friday, March 8, is International Women's Day. How many women in Buddhist history can you name -- not contemporary practitioners, but historical figures? 
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March 4, 2013
  1. Meditation demonstrates that all things are interdependent and constantly changing. Initially, the realization that we’re all in a life situation that is fundamentally groundless may be quite daunting and even depressing. But it’s not...
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February 2, 2013
If you're my friend on Facebook, you know that I share a lot of links. I think of Facebook as a community bulletin board or an envelope of newspaper and magazines clippings that I want to send off to my friends. Here's a bunch of stuff I think is...
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January 12, 2013
The Buddha -- who was reluctant to teach in the first place -- didn't set out to create Buddhism. I think he'd endorse using the path he laid out to find your own wisdom. But the path requires you to keep checking in, to see if your wisdom comes...
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December 29, 2012
“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, and leads us to settle for…many facets of our own oppression.” – Audre Lourde
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December 10, 2012
"What is this true meditation?It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, actions, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan."
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December 9, 2012
For Buddhists, the Buddha is a model who provides inspiration. He walked the same path we walk and overcame many obstacles to attain enlightenment and free himself from the confusion that is samsara. The historical Buddha left the gourmet food...
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