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Heart to Heart: The Importance of Freedom and Commitment in Intimate Relationships

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 3:58 AM

Whether you believe in having more freedom or more commitment in intimate relationships, desire is involved, and it's a heart-to-heart matter.

When we look at the whole range of emotions we're capable of -- passion, anger, jealousy, aggression, anxiety, fear, and so on -- the one that stands out...

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Letting Go of Labels and Seeing the World Anew

(67) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 8:43 AM

Editor's Note: The Rebel Buddha North American Tour, featuring Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and other leading voices in Western Buddhism, kicks off on November 14 in New York, N.Y. at the Cooper Union's Great Hall. The tour will continue on to Halifax, Toronto and Boulder and will conclude in...

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Is Buddhism a Religion?

(1333) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 6:58 AM

We often talk about Siddhartha, the young man who became known as the Buddha, as if he were a god. The fact is that he was just a simple Indian guy, a human being like you and me. We think of him as some kind of super-genius for having attained...

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Relationships: Riding Your Emotional Rollercoaster

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 2:53 PM

One of the best places to see how we're handling our emotions -- or how they're handling us -- is in our most intimate relationships. That's where our heart is and where the emotional stakes are highest. The relationship could be with your spouse or romantic partner, your child or...

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Meditation: Catch and Release

(9) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 12:24 PM

I once bought a shirt at the airport because I had been traveling a long time and was in need of a change. I found one in a nice deep blue color and put it on without looking closely at it. Then, when I was sitting on the airplane, I...

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Buddhist Insights for Accepting and Respecting Our Emotions

(130) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 12:50 PM

You would certainly recognize your signature on a piece of paper, but do you know your own emotional signature? We all have one. It's our predictable way of reacting to situations. Your friends probably recognize your emotional signature better than you do. When you get into a fight with your...

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Meditation: Resting the Busy Mind

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 2:23 PM

Sometimes we're angry but forget why. We may not be sure of the real reason for our anger, but our gut feeling says our anger is justified and we hold on to it. We start to think of justifications for our anger: the time our friend forgot to call, insulted...

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Finding Your Buffalo: The Path to Happiness

(61) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 1:30 PM

There is a story about a farmer who owns a buffalo. Not knowing that the buffalo is in its stable, the farmer goes off to search for it, thinking it has strayed from home. Starting off on his search, he sees many different buffalo footprints outside his yard. The footprints...

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The Buddha Wasn't a Buddhist

(34) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 6:49 PM

If we want to be free of the pain we inflict on ourselves and each other -- in other words, if we want to be happy -- then we have to learn to think for ourselves. We need to be responsible for ourselves and examine anything that claims to be...

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