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What's Really Holding You Back from Happiness? | Posted 08.10.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Lodro Rinzler Learn how a 14th century Buddhist text lays the groundwork for a very powerful perspective on how we can become more present and mo...

The Best Way to Deal with Gossip and Personal Attacks | Posted 05.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Okay. We know we should be more mindful of our own speech, sure. But what about when rumors are flying about you, or someone is spreading gossip and it's hurting your reputation? What should you do then?

Spiritual Center Aims To Revive Buddhism In Former Communist Mongolia

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.06.2016 | Religion

Since Mongolia's transition from communism to constitutional democracy in 1990, the East Asian country has worked to revive its centuries-old Buddhist...

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2016 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

On Meeting a Woman on the Way to Somewhere Else

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 01.04.2015 | Good News
Jeremiah Horrigan

I won't say I experienced some sort of transcendent moment then, that time seemed to stop and beckon me into some sort of new, spiritually enhanced state. But I will say this: Something told me the murder scene could wait for a while.

What Would the Buddha Do?

David Loy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
David Loy

To begin with, we can't wait until we have overcome all our own suffering before addressing that of others. Events are speeding up, and they are not going to wait for you and me to attain great enlightenment.

Love's Contradiction: Embracing Joy and Sorrow

John Thatamanil | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

To lack joy, to be without an effervescent delight in the sheer fact of being alive with others, is an immense impoverishment. We know this truth in t...

Compassion, Culture and Belief

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Ken McLeod

Compassion puts you directly in touch with the human condition. It cuts through beliefs. It goes straight to the heart.

Developing Bodhicitta

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

In my last blog, "Wanting To Develop Bodhicitta," I explained that because it is not an easy task to develop the universal love and compassion of Bodh...

Buddhist Practice Is About the Kind of Person You Are

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

We have only to look at the continuing drumbeat of bad news regarding present-day Buddhist teachers, leaders and institutions to realize that Buddhists -- like people of every faith -- come in all shapes and sizes.

Right View and Patience

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

After we learn to view anger as a dysfunctional emotion, we can work on changing our views of the situations that cause us to become angry into views that do not lead to anger.

Prayer In The Face Of Difficulty

Tara Brach | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Tara Brach

Perhaps without naming it as prayer, in times of great need and distress you may already spontaneously experience the act of doing so.

On Having Compassion For Others: Learning To See Past 'The Mask'

Tara Brach | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Richie had truly "seen" Sharon -- her vulnerability and spirit, and he'd expressed his care by mirroring her goodness. It took another year and a half for her to tell him what those gifts had meant to her, and to apologize. But because he hadn't given up on her, a thaw had begun.

A Bodhisattva-Inspired Path To Peace

Posted 01.11.2013 | GPS for the Soul

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

An American Lama's Thoughts On Prayer

Lama Surya Das | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

I have visited, prayed, chanted, bowed and meditated in many, if not most, of the great houses of worship of this evanescent world. And at this holy time of year, I send my warmest wishes and prayers for your health and well-being.

The New Bodhisattva Path

David Loy | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Instead of asking, "How can I get out of this situation?" the bodhisattva asks, "What can I contribute to make this situation better?" Today, more than ever, we need to understand the bodhisattva path as a spiritual archetype that offers a new vision of human possibility.

Is Meditation Buddhism Booming Or Fading?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The biggest question in Buddhism's long term future will be how much a new generation of practitioners, teachers and scholars come forward to carry on the work.

All In This Together: Sandy, The Elections And Everything After

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ethan Nichtern

Being a mindful human, balancing personal responsibility with interdependence, is a perfect challenge for this fragile era on Planet Earth. It's a challenge way harder than charging iPhones and hosting a few dozen bourgeousie refugees.

Bodhisattvas and Political Engagement

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

Should Bodhisattvas become involved in the political arena as a method of helping everyone attain the requisites of a spiritual life? My answer to this question is, "Yes."

Buckminster Fuller Bodhisattva - Trimtab Using Skillful Means on Behalf of All Humanity

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
L. Steven Sieden

Most people who know the term Bodhisattva define a Bodhisattva as an enlightened being. Wikipedia says, The term 'bodhisattva' was used by the Budd...

The Bodhisattva As Compassion Warrior

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Maybe this is Buddhism's time to say, "No, we have a different idea, the ideal of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva looks after everyone. The Bodhisattva will help you."

Practicing With "Mistakes"

Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell

Shame may be so strong that we could tend to not even acknowledge mistakes, or underestimate them. To want the mistake to go away is a not exactly a mistake -- it's just an impossibility.

Choice And Freedom

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.21.2012 | Religion
Ken McLeod

"When he reaches the perfection of wisdom, can a bodhisattva choose to do whatever he wants?" a young man asked. "The illusion of choice is an indication of a lack of freedom," I replied.

What to Do When Spiritual Complacency Sets In

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

To "not seek" is to evolve without intention, without conscious direction stemming from an awakening heart; while "to seek" is a never-ending process of investigation -- to refine discernment and strengthen direction.

Who Is The Dalai Lama?

Matteo Pistono | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Matteo Pistono

As he passed, I heard two sounds that would symbolize for me how the Dalai Lama works in both the political and spiritual worlds -- a soft, deeply wise chuckle, and the flapping of his rubber flip-flops, en route to helping others.