Featured Articles and Journals: buddha nature

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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February 28, 2014
When a bird flies over a pond on a clear sunny day, you can look down at that pond and see a reflection of this as it’s happening: you can expect to see a mirror image of the sun shining brightly and the bird flying overhead in real time. This makes...
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November 1, 2013
I once said to Zen Master Seung Sahn, "Sonsa-nim, life has no meaning!" He replied to me, "Yeah! Life has no meaning, but no meaning is BIG meaning and you must find this point." It took many years for me to understand this teaching. -...
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October 4, 2013
  I’m making a grave error by committing these words to a blog post, because the very act of doing so implies that my words alone can help you. I fear that you might hold onto these words which would be a huge mistake, because words that are...
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September 13, 2013
    One day a student asked Zen Master Man Gong, "Where is Buddha's teaching?" "Right in front of you." Man Gong replied.
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May 3, 2013
One day, a baby fish asked his mother, “Mom, everyone is always talking about the sea...where is this ‘sea‘ I keep hearing about?” “It’s all around you,” she replied, “you’re swimming in it!” “Then why can’t I see it?” said the baby fish.
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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March 22, 2013
In my life as an educator, one lesson has served me and my students more than any other: in order to provide a good education to students of all backgrounds, a teacher must have high standards and have
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November 19, 2012
When I first started practice, I really thought I’d discovered a way to bypass all of that messy self-reflection stuff I had been engaging in for so long through various methods-- psychotherapy being the most ongoing one. If I just meditate everyday...
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November 12, 2012
  We live in a world that emphasizes results, rewards, and winning. If we buy something at a store we get our rewards card swiped in order to accumulate points that lead to a future benefit. Many of us get up early in the morning in order to...
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October 15, 2012
  The consistent conduct of people of the Way is like the flowing clouds with no grasping mind, like the full moon reflecting universally, not confined anywhere, glistening within each of the ten thousand forms.
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September 6, 2012
  In the photo above, John holds his 19 year-old dog, Schoep.  He regularly takes Schoep to Lake Superior and cradles him in the water until he falls asleep, as the cool and buoyant water soothes Schoep's arthritic pain.
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by Joren
May 10, 2012
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April 11, 2012
  It’s not at all unusual to first come around to practice because none of the usual methods for dealing with life seem to work on a long-term basis; relationships have their ups and downs, jobs come and go, money comes in and money goes out,...
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March 19, 2012
  Nature always knows precisely what to do. Winter turns to spring, the earth rotates, day comes and night falls, dogs bark and cats meow. But we humans are the only part of nature that stumble around because we aren’t completely sure...
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February 6, 2012
Accepting the love and support of others is a great challenge for me, and throughout my life I've emotionally closed down or cut off the concerns and help of friends and family. This defense reaction served me well during a chaotic childhood,...
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January 2, 2012
For most of us, an act of surrender means to be defeated, to give up, to lose, to fail. War movies depict defeated soldiers with raised arms, desperately and fearfully shouting "I surrender" to their enemies, forlornly giving up any hope of...
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November 28, 2011
Remember these two things: be loving and wait for gratitude to arrive. And when it comes, don’t resist, because the ego may create some resistance. Gratitude goes against the ego.  
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October 31, 2011
A concern of many new (and old) Buddhist students is the worry that their internal experiences will become dull or lack emotion as they learn greater equanimity and mindfulness.  Will I still feel passion?  Will I still be...
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July 16, 2011
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June 6, 2011
  Meditation is a lot like weeding; we’re just clearing stuff away so that what’s really underneath it all has a chance to show itself. Each time we practice we’re starting the process of working with our fertile minds,...
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May 17, 2011
    What does it mean to "give up" on someone?  Does it mean cutting them out of your life?  Does it mean living with them and hating everything they say and do?  Does it mean wishing they were someone...
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April 6, 2011
Sometimes I just don't feel like a warrior. Last week in class, Ethan pointed out that the way the word "warrior" is used in the Shambhala tradition is a translation of the Tibetan word pawo, meaning, one who is brave. I don't...
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