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Buddhist Wisdom

This Simple Exercise Will Pull You Out Of A Sadness Rut

OWN | Posted 12.02.2014 | OWN

Despite facing a variety of painful obstacles and difficulties in life, people are often hesitant to describe their experiences as "suffering." It's t...

Carol Kuruvilla

The Dalai Lama Gives New Yorkers A Lesson On Wisdom As Opponents Protest

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK -- As protesters milled on the sidewalk outside, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama took center stage at the Beacon Theater on Monday with a le...

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 Holiday Habit That's Making You Unhappy

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

More money, more problems? It might just be true. Americans today, compared to 55 years ago, own twice as many cars and eat out twice as much per pers...

Coming Out As A Buddhist

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

For someone who has never been exposed to meditation or Buddhist tenets, it can seem very weird and foreign. Whether you are talking with your religiously conservative family or a long-time friend, you can apply basic Buddhist principles to help them understand what it is you do.

How To Use Technology From A Buddhist Perspective

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

In the past, technological culture-changers like the telephone and electricity took a long time to produce and cultures had more time to absorb and contemplate their impact. Now, things are changing so fast that we have little time to contemplate and absorb their impact.

Zen Confidential: Declassified

Shozan Jack Haubner | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Shozan Jack Haubner

I was working beneath the composting toilets, churning shit with a shovel, trying to turn it into food for the earth, when a voice rose up from the depths: I just have to tell people about this.

Overcoming Self-Aggression

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

When I teach in the West, people talk about self-loathing and self-aggression. Imagine what could happen if we all began to feel that we are good and to have confidence in ourselves that way.

Welcoming The Dalai Lama To New Orleans

Rodger Kamenetz | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rodger Kamenetz

In the midst of our wreckage that I speak to you, both as a Jew and as a New Orleanian, because survival is not just a matter of urban planning, or of financial aid, or willfulness. It is something deeper. It is of the soul.

Right View: Seeing The World Through Buddha's Eyes

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.15.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Seeing the world through Buddha's eyes is the work of a lifetime, one that constantly needs to be renewed at every life stage and in every societal circumstance.

Transcendence Or Immanence?

David Loy | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
David Loy

At the heart of Buddhist teachings is a crucial ambiguity that has become increasingly problematic as Buddhism has globalized. This ambivalence needs to be resolved if the Buddhist tradition is to help us address most effectively the challenges that now confront us.

Ram Dass, Island Boy

Roger Housden | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Roger Housden

He swung into our line of vision, swiveling his wheelchair around finally to face us in his spacious living room, his back toward a large window with a vista onto the Pacific Ocean in Maui. Ram Dass was beaming, joyous.

This Is Happening But It Can't Be Happening

John Stanley | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
John Stanley

It feels to me that we are suffering inter-generational trauma. We are leaving our descendants with such a horrific prospect. We can't claim to be handing on the Earth in a condition that is easy to love, or even endure.

Manifesto On Basic Goodness

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

We want to live in a world of peace and goodness. We want a world where the highest values are tolerance, generosity, creativity, kindness and fearlessness rather than self-absorption, aggression and speed.

What Would Buddha Do About The Boston Bombing?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

We may or may not forgive, but we must let go of revenge, otherwise we become prisoners of our own anger, and of the vicious cycle that is terrorism.

The Magic Of No Self

Mack Paul | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Mack Paul

We experience ourselves as so very real and distinct, and we are so consumed by desire, that the notion that it is all empty is just confusing. But impermanence is actually a wonderful thing.

The Three Nuclear Poisons

David Loy | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Delusion takes many forms, but for Buddhism the fundamental delusion, at the root of our dukkha suffering, is ignorance of our true nature. Today, the delusion of separation is not only an individual problem but a collective one.

10 Tibetan Buddhist Women You Need to Know

Michaela Haas | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

Many of us dream of exchanging our day-to-day responsibilities for a heartfelt life full of purpose, but few of us ever get around to doing something about it. The women featured here are the exception.

Collective Bubbles Of Delusion

David Loy | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
David Loy

In collective denial -- such as that concerning climate change -- the group bubble of delusion becomes much more difficult to dispel, or even to become aware of, when people consciously or subconsciously believe they benefit by not seeing it. This suggests a Buddhist response.

Genki Takabayashi, Zen Teacher, Dies

Adam Tebbe | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Adam Tebbe

Genki Takabayashi, the retired Japanese-born Rinzai Zen teacher, died at his home in Victor, Montana on Monday at age 81.

Non-Attachment As A Spiritual Goal

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

The spiritual literature tells us that an attitude of non-attachment is a goal in spiritual development, or an endpoint on the road to enlightenment. What does this mean?

Faith For The Faithless

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Jaimal Yogis

A lot of people won't want to go near anything remotely religious, including meditation. But for those who want faith, and who have become cynical about faith seeming little more than political tool, don't let politicians and giant religious institutions steal from you what is rightfully yours.

Celebrating Bodhi Day For The 21st Century

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Living in the light of humility, kindness and compassion is the deep lesson and timeless inspiration of Bodhi Day. When we celebrate Bodhi Day this year I hope that we can celebrate it as a 21st century holiday, embracing the full weight of Buddhism's long history without being limited by it.

The Diamond Sutra: Insights From An Ancient Image

Conrad Walters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Conrad Walters

With a Buddha surrounded by flames and flanked by two brutish figures, the scene at the heart of the earliest-known drawing in a printed book might seem an unlikely source of spiritual comfort.