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Why Conservatives Are Less Evolved Than Gorillas

Cate Montana | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Cate Montana

Animals don't have to be told that part of the responsibility of being a dog or a whale is taking care of members of their family. So -- what is standing in the way of human compassion?

The Buddha Is Donkeys and Horses

Brook Ziporyn | Posted 02.24.2016 | Religion
Brook Ziporyn

A monk asked Zen Master Xuan'na, "The Buddhist scriptures say, 'The Buddha's one and only indestructible body, solid and without gaps, appears in ever...

This Tiny Detail Will Help You Unlock Buddhist Art

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion

Buddhist artwork is infused with layers of meaning. Every posture and gesture has a special significance, intended to inspire devotion and reflection....

Zen Rock Gardens

Kenneth Kraft | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Kenneth Kraft

Rocks have long been venerated in China, Korea, and Japan. A rock might stand out because of its beauty, unusual shape, or resemblance to a mountain. In Japan, distinctive rocks were believed to be inhabited by kami, spiritual forces/beings inherent in nature.

Secrets of Beings: The Avatars of Vishnu

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

Though known as a Supreme Hindu god, Vishnu is a universal deity who sends his avatars to all nations, cultures, and races. Vishnu has appeared in many avatars, the most famous of which are Krishna and Rama.

The Role of Death in Finding Meaning in Life

Josh Korda | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Josh Korda

"Whoever develops awareness of death by thinking, 'I'm following the dharma by considering mortality once a day or night, or during meals, are unmindf...

Why You Are Richer Than You Think

Susie Moore | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

The way to recognize your true wealth is to acknowledge the special things in your life right now -- particularly the things that money cannot purchase. Think of how much everything you have would mean to somebody else who dreams of it -- love, friendship, health, family -- the list is endless.

Buddha Kept a Diary?!

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here is a translation from the recently discovered Diary of Buddha, originally scratched onto leaves of grass by an exact and lavish hand. The entry seems to come just shortly before a historic decision to allow females into the Sangha.

Inspiration From the Buddha in Sedona

Tova Payne | Posted 01.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tova Payne

Last year I had the fortunate experience to go to Sedona, Arizona for the first time. After going to the many vortexes, including the Amitabha Stupa, ...

Who Is the Laughing Buddha? Zen's Artistic Heritage

Kenneth Kraft | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Kenneth Kraft

In Buddhism, Hotei is distinguished from Buddhism's founder, who lived in India in the fifth century B.C. His many names include Shakyamuni, the Buddha, the historical Buddha. Shakyamuni is almost always depicted as slender. You can't tell a Buddha by his belly, but you can tell the Buddha by his lack of one.

'Tis the Season: Inspired Gifts for Every Yogi in Your Life

Amy K. Mitchell | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy K. Mitchell

It doesn't matter how old you are, who doesn't love getting a stocking filled with little presents? These are sure to please, so don't stop at just one gift -- grab a stocking and fill it up!

Buddha's Tooth, a Book

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

I recommend a book that's somewhat about a mislaid molar of the historical Buddha. A mislaid molar, a tooth, found and duly deemed a dusty dentine rel...

Dear Activist. Dear Politician. Dear Poet.

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

What is poetry if not the site where the seemingly impossible contradictions -- the exquisite beauty and the devastating horror -- live together as one whole being.

Getting Unstuck in Life: A Different Perspective

Josh Korda | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

Unlike what is often offered in the Zen practice of Dokusan, I don't limit the discussions to one's meditation practice, but rather encourage people to discuss any issues which are causing emotional distress or intrusive, obsessional thoughts; topics are not limited to the dharma; they can involve a wide array of personal issues, as noted below.

Astoria Characters: The Family's Jewel

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.15.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's something comforting about rituals. Pasang Tsaga knows this very well. Every time she opens the Jewels of Buddha, she lifts the gate, lights the incense and turns on the meditative chanting music.

Creating the Impossible

Michael Neill | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

Choose a target that you figure you have a less than 25 percent chance of reaching, and then go for it, playing full out and fearless without any real sense that you "should" be able to get there. Each time I've run the program over the past six years, people surprise themselves (and often me) by getting further faster than they did in pursuit of their more "reasonable" goals and dreams.

Curious Cats, Blind Men And Elephants: How To End America's Political Armageddon

Living Room Conversations | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

What if it's a lie that "curiosity killed the cat"? What if curiosity is just what we now need to save that lost cat named America?

The Buddha Part II: What He Got Right and What He Got Wrong

Ted Cadsby | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

There are many elements of Gautama's philosophy that are compelling and useful, but some of his main ideas are antiquated and riddled with irreconcilable contradictions. It's worthwhile separating what he got right from what he got wrong.

What Would Buddha Do About the Terrorist Attack in Paris?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.15.2015 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

We need wisdom in sorting out our feelings and our alternatives in the wake of this most recent terrorist attach. And the Buddha's wisdom - some 2500 years old - has certainly stood the test of time. Let us ask: What would the Buddha do in response to a terrorist attack?

The Buddha Part I: Did He Invent Anything New?

Ted Cadsby | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Gautama claimed that he did not create the Four Noble Truths (the centerpiece of his philosophy) but that he rediscovered this crucial but forgotten ancient wisdom. Meditation is the vehicle through which we discover and embrace these four truths -- the only metaphysical truths available to us -- which are not simply insights, but prescriptions for being.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 24. A Buddhist View of Attachment Parenting.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

After all the warnings, I was duly scared about the sleep thing. And it's true. I have not slept more than a few hours in a row for months. But what nobody tells you is how much joy you feel.

Indian Tolerance: The View from Outside

Kadira Pethiyagoda | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Kadira Pethiyagoda

The election loss in the heartland state came after a period of intense debate over tolerance and India's national identity. Attacks on minorities and rationalists, combined with communalist rhetoric and religion-based policies aggravated India's long simmering 'culture-wars.'

2,500 Year Old Meditation of Limitless Awareness

Josh Korda | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

The following meditation is my interpretation of the Buddha's wonderful teaching known as The "Cula-Suññata" (The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness). I...

We Are All Responsible

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Matthieu Ricard

As for global responsibility, we need to increase our awareness of the interdependent nature of our world: each of our actions is fundamentally interconnected with everything else. The Buddha taught that we are not separate, but instead exist as part of a web of living beings.

What the Buddha Might Say to 'the Donald'

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

The Buddha clearly taught about the dangers of greed, hatred and ignorance, what he called the three poisons, that Trump seems to display quite frequently.