Featured Articles: Religion & Spirituality

December 4, 2017
Modern life is anxiety-ridden.  A surprising number of my students have diagnosed anxiety disorders.  Things don’t always go our way, and often it feels like they never do.  We spend inordinate amounts of time planning and...
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December 19, 2016
I recently presented some research at the International Symposium on Contemplative Sciences, a conference that brings together scientists and contemplative people from many traditions.  The study tested a variety of methods people could use to...
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October 9, 2016
After many years of training (much of it with the Interdependence Project) and many more years of personal practice, I crossed a new threshold recently by taking formal precepts and becoming a novice priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order.  This...
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September 11, 2016
I was recently in Australia and heard an aboriginal D'harawal people's dreaming story that discussed what are known to them as the Three Truths.  Gawaian Bodkins-Andrews defined the Three Truths as:
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September 2, 2016
There is no you. The story of the Self is useful up to a point, but it is a complex work of fiction, and it has become a pernicious fiction. Ponder a recent experience, such as peering at traffic from a bridge or noticing an unusual piece of litter...
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July 15, 2016
When bad things happen -- as they do with blinding regularity these days -- along w
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July 11, 2016
Like many people, I have been wishing for more balance in my life recently.  The political and social worlds seem chaotic and heartbreaking.  I spend many days chasing after deadlines that I am not sure I care much about.  I would...
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June 13, 2016
I have never been on a Buddhist meditation retreat before, and I had no idea what to expect from it. I was nervous at first because the longest I had ever meditated in one sitting was 25 minutes straight, I could not imagine doing that on and off...
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June 12, 2016
A modern koan -- Question:  Do you have Buddha Nature?  Answer:  Well, duh. The concept of "Buddha Nature" is often difficult to understand, but it is a radically optimistic doctrine.  It says that not only are we responsible for...
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June 10, 2016
Last week I had my first MRI. I’ve been having back and neck pain since December and had tried a number of treatments to no significant avail, so this was the next course of action in finding out the cause.  
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November 16, 2015
This was what I felt needed to be said during a retreat I led this past weekend: 
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August 19, 2015
Philadelphia -- long known as the City of Brotherly Love but more (in)famous recently as the city that destroyed a robot that had traveled safely throughout Canada and parts of  Europe -- will hold a Day of Kindness on Oct. 27 to honor the...
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July 20, 2015
I was fortunate to spend a week this month on retreat with a teacher who had kickstarted my personal exploration of the Buddhist path a few years ago. By then, I'd been studying Buddhism for a while, but it had been largely intellectual until I did...
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June 30, 2015
Excerpt from 12 Steps on the Buddha’s Path by Laura S.
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June 20, 2015
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?   -The Dhammapada
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June 6, 2015
  Buddhism is often seen these days as a supremely rational philosophical system or belief system, depending on your stance. Investigate everything, the Buddha said. Do not believe anything just because I tell you it is so -- look into it for...
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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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February 23, 2015
Beginning a mindfulness meditation practice is difficult.
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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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January 24, 2015
As a practitioner of Buddhism, I don’t think about myself in terms of gender. I try to cut through such concepts and rest in the true condition of unborn and unceasing luminous emptiness, the ground of being. -- Lama Tsultrim Allione
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December 1, 2014
Is meditation good for your career? According to a recent article in the NY Times, the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." But does this violate the sacredness of the practice?
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November 16, 2014
Accepting the inevitability of death is woven throughout the Buddha's teachings. So why are Buddhists so upset at the news that Thich Nhat Hanh may be near death?
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