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Buddhist Teachings

How Mindfulness Gives My Life Meaning

CalmCircleCollege Blog Team | Posted 05.05.2016 | College
CalmCircleCollege Blog Team

Inundated with all the stress of being a high school junior, I found myself at age seventeen feeling deeply unfulfilled in my daily life. I was constantly in a state of urgency and anxiety, and never felt like there was enough time in the day to appreciate or enjoy life.

It's Not What You Regret, It's How You Regret It

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 09.11.2016 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

All of us have regrets: A poor decision. A selfish action. An angry outburst. It may be something that only impacts you--or it may have far-reaching consequences for friends, family, even the world at large. Guess what? It doesn't matter.

In Wake Of Charlie Hebdo Attack, This Buddhist Teacher Praises 'Responsible Speech'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

Last week's attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has highlighted the value of free speech, as well as the manner in which the media ...

Buddhist in America

Nathan Gauer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Nathan Gauer

Growing up in a Buddhist family in Virginia in the '80s, I was often on the defensive about my family's beliefs. It was not unusual to be shunned by other kids because I did not believe in God the same way they'd been taught in church.

A Buddhist Guide To Surviving The Holidays: 4 Practices

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Ethan Nichtern

Don't get me wrong, I am shopping for presents too, I'm no monk. But the point of these holidays is not presents. It's our presence

The Buddha's Eightfold Path: An Advanced Teaching

Lewis Richmond | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The reason I choose to call the eightfold path an advanced teaching is that, while the definitions of each of the practices are relatively easy to teach and understand, their full application and integration takes a lifetime.

An Open, Spacious Awareness For An Open, Spacious Life

Larry Yang | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Larry Yang

Whether it is the internal or external sense of being "maxed out," what is often helpful is to seek a larger landscape in which to hold one's experience. This is not only a skillful means of coping with difficulty, but it is also an aspect of mindfulness and awareness.

Mara Looks Just Like Buddha

Lewis Richmond | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, according to the Dalai Lama, a person should closely observe a teacher for three years before consenting to be his/her student. It takes that long, apparently, to clearly differentiate Mara from Buddha.

Sangha Is Culture

Larry Yang | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

As we enlarge our spiritual capacity to be with all of our experience, we also gain the capacity to be with the all of the experience of greater and greater numbers of beings.

Dharma Is Culture

Larry Yang | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

The Dharma continues to be about Culture -- whether we are aware of that or not is a factor which will either lead us to create more freedom or less freedom for all of us.

Deepen Your Vision

Tsoknyi Rinpoche | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

One of the core principles of Tibetan Buddhism is that all phenomena, all experience, is essentially free of enduring, sharply delineated characteristics. We have the potential to experience anything. And anything has the potential to arise within our experience.

Buddha Is Culture

Larry Yang | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

And why is the Buddha all about culture? Because the Buddha recognized the importance of culture as a path to freedom.

Buddha: How To Tame Your Monkey Mind

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said.

Is the News Making You Crazy? Try Thich Nhat Hanh's Being Peace

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 09.29.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life.

The Buddha's Teachings About The Soul

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.27.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The whole truth is not so simple. At the heart of the Buddha's teaching is something not graspable by intellect alone, not expressible in words alone, not comprehensible by logic alone.

Excavating The Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

Noah Levine | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Noah Levine

When I first heard the Buddhist teachings on lovingkindness, compassion and forgiveness, I was incredibly skeptical. I saw those heart qualities as undesirable and perhaps unsafe.

A Buddhist Approach To Recovery: Turning It Over

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

If we are to get and stay sober, we need to live less from the lower and more from the higher self. Turning our will and our lives over is the way we do this.

Buddhist Bhutan Wrestles With 'Shocking' Abuse Study

Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

By Vishal Arora Religion News Service NEW DELHI (RNS) The government commissioner charged with promoting "Gross National Happiness" in the tiny Buddh...

A Meditation On Motorcycles: Buddhism And Bringing Light To Dark Places

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

It is the work of a true bodhisattva, or open-hearted warrior, to go into the darkest aspects of our society in the hopes that he or she can be a light for all to see.

I Do? Love, Buddhism and Marriage Vows

Susan Piver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

Problems arise when you try to replace your actual partner with who you wish he or she was, because they always figure out a way to tell you how unlike your projection they really are.

The Dalai Lama Does Not Exist and Neither Do I

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

When the Dalai Lama teaches that according to Buddhist cosmology, the separate self does not exist, I have to pause. This world religious leader doesn't exist. And neither do you and I.