Featured Articles and Journals: Buddhist

August 23, 2014
In June I participated in the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge in an effort to revitalize my practice. The Forgiveness Challenge is a 30-day interactive program that integrates videos, recordings, thought exercises, meditations and a personal diary...
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June 5, 2013
Q: How do I explain Buddhism to my religiously conservative parents? I remember being in a bar one night and a newer meditator asked me about coming out to their parents as a Buddhist. "You make it sound like you're telling them you're gay," I said...
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April 16, 2013
On a day of insanity and horror, one of the most heartwarming things for me was reading this passage in comedian Patton Oswalt's Facebook post about the Boston Marathon tragedy, which went viral on the social network: 
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April 15, 2013
  "Sometimes I think I'm a real Buddhist follower or a real Buddhist student, because I was born in a Buddhist family and raised in a Buddhist environment, in a monastery. ... But if you really think carefully about it and discover, 'Oh, maybe...
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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...
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
February 20, 2013
  I saw a great movie a few days ago called The Sessions, which is based on the true life story of a poet and journalist named Mark O'Brien, who died in 1999 at the age of 49. Polio left him paralyzed since he was a very young boy, so...
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January 22, 2013
  Martin Luther King Jr. changed this world by simply asserting his dream of a society where the boundaries of division and duality would be nonexistent. His was a vision that resonated with the true nature of reality and called into question...
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January 14, 2013
When I first started IDP’s Yearlong Immersion Training two years ago, I was intensely consumed with all kinds of doubts and questions about whether or not I would ever be well suited enough to be a dharma teacher. I also wondered if a year was a...
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December 31, 2012
  Im not a big fan of the word "resolution" because there's something very rigid about it, and I think that goal-setting in the usual sense sets one up for failure and frustration.
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
November 8, 2012
There is something very powerful about a big storm. Even when we're not directly affected, we can sense the destructive energy that a storm brings.  Hurricane Sandy was like that for me.  I wasn't directly affected, and yet I felt...
Activism and Politics     Comment (1)     Link
September 27, 2012
"Given the extreme hardness of the meteorite — “basically an inappropriate material for producing sculptures” the paper notes — the artist or artists who created it may have known their material was special, the researchers say."
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June 25, 2012
  As a boy I really loved watching fireflies light up the night as they hovered around silently in the dark, warm air. One evening I so desperately wanted to prolong their spectacular light show that I thought it best to get a glass...
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May 30, 2012
"...anything that shapes us as people, will ultimately inform the nature of our work" -- John Messinger
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May 21, 2012
  It was just over a year ago that I very publicly withdrew from the Taego Overseas Seminary after learning about their discriminatory policies; until then these policies had been unknown to me and the general public....
Buddhism     Comment (5)     Link
April 18, 2012
If I remain in a clam-shell of fear in my life, unwilling to be motivated by love, tolerance and a wish to be happy, I might as well just be a clam.
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (3)     Link
January 16, 2012
Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. Space has a name but no form. It’s not something you can pick up or put down. And you certainly can’t grab if. Beyond mind you’ll never see a Buddha. The Buddha is a product of...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
December 27, 2011
  Many of us tend to view New Year’s resolutions as self-improvement projects. But this approach tends to set us up for failure and contributes to a sense we have that something is wrong with us. We can look at resolutions as...
Buddhism     Comment (6)     Link
November 18, 2011
it's a lot about Bob Barker and 'The Price is Right, and you know he's still around -- he's turning that wheel.
Buddhism, Religion & Spirituality     Comment (2)     Link
October 24, 2011
Two weeks ago I almost lost someone whom I love very much. The phone rang as I was writing at my desk and it was a doctor I didn’t know telling me what had just happened. As I listened to the doctor’s somber words, I suddenly became...
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October 3, 2011
Compassion isn’t just a feeling. In fact, true compassion need not involve any particular emotions at all.  Sincere compassionate action can take place when there is no sense of “Me” and “You”, “Us...
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September 19, 2011
  Ironically, what fuels all of our misery-inducing behaviors is an underlying desire for happiness. All of us wish to be safe, to be happy, to be healthy, and to have an easeful life experience. Even those people that seem bent on making...
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September 12, 2011
  We often find ourselves thoroughly confused as to what’s going on.    You think you know someone but they say something that seems grossly out of character or they do something that doesn’t match our expectations...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
September 6, 2011
The Twin Towers once exemplified freedom and American capitalism. On September 11, 2001, they were abruptly transformed into symbols of terror and tragedy. Our hearts collapsed along with those buildings that morning, as did...
Activism and Politics     Comment (1)     Link
August 17, 2011
A poem that came to me while on a subway ride on Monday...dedicated to all who aspire to an open heart in a hostile world....
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July 11, 2011
  Near the end of his life, the Buddha gathered his disciples around and stood silently before them for quite some time. At one point he reached down, plucked a flower from the grass, and held it up for everyone to see. Still, he didn...
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