In November 2011, the city council passed and the mayor signed a resolution committing to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. In doing so, Louisville (pop. 750,000) became the largest American city to make such a commitment.
It is my fervent aspiration that our culture will pay more attention to well-being, will include strategies to promote well-being with our educational curricula and within the healthcare arena, and will include well-being within our definitions of health.
"Even Tibetan masters are beginning to realize, if you want real devotion and focus, you have to look to the nuns," Tenzin Palmo says.
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.
Will the global cause spearheaded by the quirky monk, with such Hollywood champions as Richard Gere and Harrison Ford outlive him?
Several practices and perspectives can help you move through self-absorption and toward the mentality, spirit and behavior that support healthy, continuous "evolution" in your life, psychologically and spiritually.
Thubten Chodron gave this short teaching well before the Boston Marathon Tragedy, but her words about "The True Meaning of Forgiveness" could not be more timely. If we hold on to anger, we hurt ourselves the most, and the violence will never end.
Those were the words written on the subway wall. Disappointment. Frustration. Fearfulness. Sums up the "state of affairs" in America, huh?
The papacy won't be a mamacy any time soon, but at least we know that Her Holiness is an option.
In order to be able to view anger as a dysfunctional emotion, we must develop in our lojong meditation practice the conviction that anger is a dysfunctional emotion.
The Karmapa offered my students, and me, a rare gift in inviting us to define how we will make our lives meaningful for ourselves and others.
While emotions are transformed in various ways by Buddhist practice, the point is not to eliminate them, but be fully cognizant of them. We welcome each emotion as an opportunity to deepen practice.
It seems that noble qualities are valued in proportion to how publicly they are witnessed, and the more public, the more elevated, the more elevated, the more isolated.
Passover provides an opportunity for Jews and non-Jews to come together in the spirit of hope and freedom. Together, it is possible to experience the "OM" in shalOM" and to experience the blessing of peace.
Overnight, the image of the hierarchical church would improve. Women's oppression and subjugation, a moral issue the world over, would become more visible on our ethical radar.
True happiness is a volatile subject that many people debate. It is often defined as a type of feeling that a person enjoys from their heart. But can money "buy" this type of feeling? Some people might agree.