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Joy, Passion and Parties for the Environment

Patrick Groneman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Patrick Groneman

Let's ditch the the 99% slogan. In these dire circumstances we must be the 100% -- not because it sounds better, but because all 100% of us are deeply intertwined. We have no choice about this, and to start from any other place will leave us missing the fundamental pieces of transformation.

How I Became a Buddhist: One Woman's Story of Refuge

Cindy Bird | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Cindy Bird

As I took these Percepts, I knew I was committing myself to live a specific kind of life. I was committing myself to learning to build love, compassion and joy for all beings. I was committing myself to following a Path where thousands before me had walked.

Leaving Om: Buddhism's Lost Lamas | JOSEPH HOOPER | Posted 07.27.2012 | Religion

During a break in a mixing session at a recording studio in Milan, Gomo Tulku, a Tibetan-American hip-hop artist, plays the sample he's inserting into...

First Gay Buddhist Wedding In Taiwan

Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion

A devoutly Buddhist, lesbian couple will officially wed next month in Taiwan reports the Taipei Times. 30-year old Fish Huang and her partner will ...

Adam Yauch on Happiness: Part One

Randy Taran | Posted 07.10.2012 | Celebrity
Randy Taran

"Everything we do affects other people. Every action that we take has some motivation of either being selfish or altruistic. All that adds up."

The Meaning Of Virtue And Virtuosity

Tsoknyi Rinpoche | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

It's within our power to become virtuoso humans. The process involves a step-by-step examination of the ways in which we relate to ourselves and the world around us

Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado Needs Help to Rebuild After Devastating Fire

Gil Asakawa | Posted 02.06.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Colorado's Laotian community woke up on Monday to a terrible tragedy: The Lao Buddhist Temple of Colorado was burning down, the flames and smoke engulfing the building in less than half an hour.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell

None of us are immune to fear. Indeed, the Buddha taught that, at the base, all beings experience a state of anxiety, fed by our habit of resisting the impermanence of our existence.

Aging Gracefully: Japan's Self-Mummified Monks

Atlas Obscura | Posted 12.23.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Not all monks who attempted self-mummification were successful. When the tombs were finally opened, some bodies were found to have rotted. These monks were resealed in their tombs.

St. Steve Jobs? Probably Not, But….

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

As someone who has written on the saints, I found that the coverage of Steve Jobs' death, and the way his life is being retold, seemed oddly familiar.

Bourgeois Buddhists: Do Americans Miss The Point Of Buddhism?

Owen Flanagan, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Owen Flanagan, Ph.D.

Buddhism is first and foremost a complex philosophy about the nature of reality, the self and morality. Do most American Buddhists know about the philosophy or enact the moral message of Buddhism?

Seeking Enlightenment From Spirits And Forests In Japan

Katherine Marshall | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The hope is that, listening to such wisdom can point toward ways to confront the threats that face our forests and our environment and give us the wisdom and determination to act upon them.

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Dalai Lama Hosts Massive Peace Festival In Washington, D.C. | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.05.2011 | Religion

As the Dalai Lama celebrated his 76th birthday Wednesday, he didn't do it from his home in the Himalayan hills. Instead, there was an elaborate parade...

HuffPost Religion Round-Up June 19-26

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Gay Pride, Mormons, Buddhists, circumcision, music, slavery and evolution. It has been a busy week on HuffPost Religion.

How To Meditate Through Strong Emotions

David Nichtern | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

It is not recommended to use meditation as a way of repressing our emotions by forcibly silencing them in order to achieve a superficially imposed sense of peace and quiet.

When Cats Pray: How Our Feline Friends Uplift The World

Pamela Gerloff | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Gerloff

As I paused to experience the stillness in which Miss Kitty was immersed, an image entered my mind -- an image of a global feline force that daily nourishes and sustains us all.

The Buddha As Icon

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.26.2011 | Arts
Michael Brenner

2011-03-19-Screenshot20110319at12.30.39PM.pngThe Buddha image is the most exceptional of religious icons. Its aesthetic is unique.

Is the Dalai Lama Retiring?

Matteo Pistono | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matteo Pistono

Though the Dalai Lama is ready to settle into extended meditation retreats, his people will not allow it. The Dalai Lama must continue to bear the responsibility of his people's will for freedom.

Raising Power And Energy To Meet The Challenge Of Living

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Maybe we can mix some of the wisdom our ancient cultures with our unprecedented modern knowledge and create the ground for happiness and fulfillment in our lives.

Binocular Wisdom: The Benefits Of Participating In Multiple Religious Traditions

John Thatamanil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Our age requires a new kind of wisdom: the capacity to see the world through more than one set of religious lenses and to integrate into one life what is disclosed through those lenses.

Selling Iowa's Pollock Mural: A Zen Buddhist Perspective

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

Great works of art, which ideally should serve as symbols of human experience refined into culture, are gaining attention as symbols of the almost feudal inequalities that plague the world's distribution of wealth. We like to think of masterworks as "priceless" but as the world's economy teeters, more and more people are realizing that they have price tags.

Pema Chodron: 'When Things Fall Apart'

Fox Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Author Pema Chodron has been on my radar for a while, but you know how it is when life keeps moving and you mean to get to something. Well, I got to ...

Sudden Death -- A Buddhist View Of The Tragedy In Arizona

David Nichtern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Nichtern

From a Buddhist point of view, sudden death can be particularly difficult. The contrast between the sense of presence and the sense of absence is so sharp and shocking.

For the Right: A Regular Deregulation Celebration

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

When it comes to regulating, the Right is downright irregular. Now that Republicans control the House, they're hell-bent on further deregulating cor...

Astoria Characters: The Belly-Dancing Psychologist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When Irina Kom parts the exotic pink and gold silk curtain to reveal her living room-cum-bedroom-cum-dance studio, the incense refreshes the senses like a walk in a spring shower.