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Who Is the Enemy and How Can We Feel Safe When It Includes Us?

Beth Green | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

You probably think I'm talking about terrorists or jihadists. Well, I am and I'm not. Because what I'm talking about is the cataclysmic clash between people who believe in oneness, love and connection and those who believe in violence, domination and prejudice.

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.

The Profound And Ancient Wisdom Of Zen Buddhist Koans

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion

A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen ma...

What If Every Day Was a Parliament of the World's Religions?

John Halstead | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

For five days members of the most diverse religions not only co-existed, but created community together. How was this possible? There was no proselytizing. And the conversation was intentionally inclusive.

Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered "most serious crimes."

Buddhist Greek Life Comes to SDSU Campus

Caitlynne Leary | Posted 09.08.2015 | College
Caitlynne Leary

This year, the Delta Beta Theta sorority and Delta Beta Tau fraternity are in the process of becoming chartered Greek organizations. For the first time, a Buddhist fraternity and sorority are coming to the San Diego State campus.

Is There Life After Death? Thich Nhat Hanh Answers Age-Old Question

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion

Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is continuing to receive treatment at a medical center in San Francisco he was flown to in July after ...

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

Broadway Stars Wish The Dalai Lama A Happy Birthday

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

After a lifetime of spreading his message peace and compassion throughout the world, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, turned 80 years old on Monday...

A Particular Way of Caring

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

A Christian education doesn't usually teach us to walk gingerly, plant flowers, or think about the life of the tree that you are cutting for firewood -- or at least, not yet. Pope Francis is about to change that.

The 'Buddha From Brooklyn' Shares Meditation Tips

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Lama Surya Das, the “Buddha from Brooklyn,” is one of the handful of Westerners who have been teaching meditation for decades. And yet, he s...

Daily Meditation: Sacred Words

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Prayers on the Clothesline

Lillian Daniel | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Lillian Daniel

A recent art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St Louis University featured the work of photographer Regina DeLuise, whose black and white photographs attend to the ordinary moments in the spiritual lives of the people of Bhutan.

Getting Rid of My Act

Dean Opperman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Comedy
Dean Opperman

Far from being the leafy path to serenity, self help became the greasy downhill slide into insanity. I didn't snap out of it until I realized I was wrapping my legs in seaweed and singing to the seals as part of a Loon Point yoga-thin.

12 Buddhist Charities Bringing Relief To Nepal

Patheos | Justin Whitaker | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion

Buddhists, who account for around 10% of Nepal’s population, are likewise mobilizing locally and around the world to support aid efforts. Here are a...

The Future of Buddhism: Race, Money, Mindfulness and the World

Yael Shy | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Yael Shy

Buddhists have the opportunity to uplift and maximize one of the central principles that underlies the religion itself: we are all deeply, completely, inextricably interconnected.

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.

24 Hours at the Cross: A Holy Week Confrontation with Execution in Texas

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

During Holy Week, I knew I needed to carry my cross down and share the love of God. I cannot let hate and violence continue without question. For the follower of Jesus, the biggest questions are always in the form of a cross.

Why We Hold Onto Grudges, and How to Let Them Go

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Why do we hold grudges when they are in fact quite painful to maintain, and often seem to work against what we really want?

When Photography Becomes More Than Just Taking Pictures

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

We wanted to take the best photograph ever taken in Myanmar. My guide, MM, and I were tired of the same stale images being photographed of his country over and over. We felt we could do something better and if not better at least more original. Of course we are as guilty as all the other photographers that took the same tried and true photographs, great images initially but ones that were starting to bore us.

A Positive Story About Muslims and an Example for All of Us

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

Photograph by Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. In 1937 the Muslim Free Hospital was established in Rangon, Burma. It was created by a group of Muslim...

With Happiness, Don't Go for a Gusher @HuffPostBlog

James Baraz | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
James Baraz

So if you're trying to cultivate genuine happiness within yourself, you might consider letting go of trying to experience a gusher of intensity. Awakening joy comes naturally from truly appreciating the simple moments of well-being in our lives.

An Atheist, A Christian, and a Buddhist Walk Into a Bar

Andy Braner | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Andy Braner

Each panelist told their own story about how they came to believe the belief system they held to be true, and I was overwhelmed by the sense of honesty in the room.

Photographing the Young Monks of Myanmar

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

After picking up my visa and exchanging some U.S. dollars for kyat I stepped out of the airport into the steam that is Yangon, Myanmar, during the monsoon season. A time of year good for photographers to avoid those unsightly tourists that invade a viewfinder during picture taking or worse not seen until the proofs appear on screen.

The Mind: Your Life's CEO

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

The mind is very much like the CEO of our life. It has almost total control of how we feel, our emotions and how we respond to the stimuli around us. This naturally spills over onto our personal relationships and overall health.