Featured Articles and Journals: self

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 13, 2016
On the Buddha's Eightfold Path, right speech is followed by right action. So it's no surprise that the opposite happens -- that hate-filled speech is followed by hateful action. If words are used to demonize people, if laws are proposed to separate...
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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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by ellen s
February 10, 2016
The New Hampshire primary ended last night, with Bernie Sanders pulling in the Democrats  
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February 9, 2016
Like a lot of New Yorkers, I'm a busy person!  Rushing from place to place, answering endless emails, Facebooking, Instagraming, Twittering, drinking coffee, attending meetings, scheduling, writing a class outline while riding the subway,...
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February 5, 2016
The body the body the body. The breath the breath the breath.   How do you speak to yourself? What did you say just now? How did you say it? Who is speaking and why?
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by ellen s
February 3, 2016
"The art of beginning again": Sharon's instruction has never felt more gently apropos than this month, this time around in the 28-Day Real Happiness challenge. I'm beginning this 28-day practice cycle again, one I've done a few times before. The...
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January 4, 2016
For the new year, I was asked to write a letter to my Zen teacher, requesting him to continue teaching for another year. I’ve never done anything like this, so I copied the suggested wording (which I actually really liked, formal though it was) and...
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October 10, 2014
In one of my favorite passages in one of my favorite dharma books, "Loving Kindness," Sharon Salzberg talks about how she'd been practicing metta, loving kindness meditation, and wasn't sure it was having any effect -- until one morning when she...
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June 22, 2013
In the novel I'm currently reading, the protagonist has to go through An Ordeal, one of the tests that's required to fulfill the hero trope. In this story, a work of magical realism in which existence is revealed to be a dream and dreams turn out to...
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June 3, 2013
Anyone who has ever practiced mindfulness knows that there is something akin to a wild animal living inside each of us. We call that wild animal "mind." If you stop for just a minute, right now, and pay attention to what your mind is telling you, I...
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by Paul S
April 9, 2013
I spend a lot of time thinking about what people need from each other in order to feel connected, cohesive, and resilient.  Buddhism, historically, has not taken a developmental view of how we reach a healthy baseline of functioning in work,...
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March 30, 2013
Memories are foundational for our sense of self. This is particularly true for early childhood memories (which the scientists tell us are the most unreliable of all).
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February 27, 2013
IDP's Fall 2012 class series, "In Search of the Self," explored the many ways we construct ideas about who we are and reviewed several Buddhist theories on how we create a sense of self and why we cling to it. It's a fascinating subject, of course...
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October 5, 2012
So much is said of the gap (check out this lovely article by Kipp Efinger), but how do we find it?
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September 7, 2012
When I contemplate whether or not I believe in the idea of rebirth or reincarnation, something arises within me that makes me believe that it is not the answer to the question “Does reincarnation exist?” but the exploration of the question that is...
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June 11, 2012
by Kimberly Brown (follow me on Twitter) "People with opinions just go around bothering each other."  (Attributed to The Buddha)These days, it seems like everyone has an opinion, everyone is expected to share their opinion, and everyone must...
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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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July 25, 2011
by Lani
July 21, 2011
For St. Augustine, habit is "that thing which we have once it is added to us." One way to think of this in more Buddhistese is a manufacturing of the solidity of the self (for Augustine, more like prideful self aggrandizement) through...
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July 18, 2011
Being good enough is a practice, one that combines lots of Buddhist skills: patience, acceptance, loving kindness, appreciation, generosity. It requires nonjudgmental, kind, present-moment awareness.  
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