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Secrets of Beings: The Avatars of Vishnu

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

Though known as a Supreme Hindu god, Vishnu is a universal deity who sends his avatars to all nations, cultures, and races. Vishnu has appeared in many avatars, the most famous of which are Krishna and Rama.

Daily Meditation: Releasing Judgment

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion

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

Where Is Home?

Mark Matousek | Posted 01.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

A few years back, I traveled around the United States doing research for an article about the epidemic of homelessness in our country. Like many peopl...

The Practice of Giving: Why, How and What

Doyeon Park | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Doyeon Park

At this time of year, many people give and receive holiday gifts. It's a wonderful opportunity to express one's love and care.

Getting Unstuck in Life: A Different Perspective

Josh Korda | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

Unlike what is often offered in the Zen practice of Dokusan, I don't limit the discussions to one's meditation practice, but rather encourage people to discuss any issues which are causing emotional distress or intrusive, obsessional thoughts; topics are not limited to the dharma; they can involve a wide array of personal issues, as noted below.

'Hoodie Monks' Use Hip Hop To Impart Buddhist Wisdom

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.17.2015 | Religion

What if the chants emanating from a Buddhist temple were actually rap lyrics and the intricate mandalas were actually graffiti? That's how Gomyo, an A...

There Is No Spiritual Bypass

Josh Korda | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Josh Korda

One of the greatest insights offered to us by the buddhadharma is its explanation of the source of life's stresses and miseries.

Looking for Your Purpose? Look No Farther!

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 08.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

"Everyone has a purpose in life ... a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we...

The Working Models Behind Stress and Low Self-Esteem

Josh Korda | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Josh Korda

We all operate in life in accordance with internal belief systems or "internal working models." These models are a collection of expectations and ass...

Spicy Lessons From Veggies: Yoga Lessons From the Farm

Wendy Reese | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

I have the honor of teaching yoga in a very beautiful barn at a local farm. When the yoga season started this summer at Amee Farm in Pittsfield, Vermo...

7 Reasons We Don't Pursue Our Passions (And How to Move Past Them)

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

So why is it that so many people are unsatisfied with their current work? Why do we ignore our hearts calling and continue down the path of status quo? The are the top seven reasons we don't pursue our passion and how to move past them.

A Yoga Love Letter From New York to Paris

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

This past Sunday morning I gave a workshop on the Bhagavad Gita for my friends' yoga teacher training in Paris. It had been planned since last fall, l...

Stay Awake and Aligned in 2015

Carolyn Jean Roney | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Jean Roney

I bet in some area of your life you have "woken up" to what felt true for you. Whether it be in your career, relationships, adventures, spiritual prac...

Porn and Prozac

Brooke Hampton | Posted 01.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brooke Hampton

Let us search for the truth on the other side of the stories we have running in our heads. Let us long to experience life as it really is, underneath our belief systems and programming.

WHY Music: Dharmony and the Essence of Who We Are

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Music is a powerful form of alchemy that allows us to connect, on a deeply visceral and emotional level, to who we are and to our sense of belonging and purpose in the world. It even enables us to feel connected to the world we of the great unseen.

Why You Should Believe in Karma

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Salmansohn

My 3.5-year-old son Ari has a passion for Legos -- even bigger than his passion for pizza. I know this, because when Ari's busy with his Legos, not e...

How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

Ira Israel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

When I meet fellow mindfulness teachers I sometimes ask, "What do you think the difference is between mindfulness and Buddhism? If the teacher starts prattling on about brain states and alpha waves and prefrontal cortexs and amygdalas, I will wish him or her the best and quietly excuse myself.

How To Overcome 7 Big Blocks To Success

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

Everybody has a dream in their heart. They stem from our unique gifts, which are part of our higher purpose here on this earth to share with the world. When the life we're living is not in alignment with this calling, it can result in feeling less than happy and fulfilled.

An Invitation

Hwansan Sunim | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Hwansan Sunim

We can all gain enlightenment, become fully actualized, right where we are. We don't need to believe in anything but ourselves. This is the beauty and power of the Son meditative tradition that Son Master Songdam wishes to share with the world.

Happiness, Guaranteed

Brian Leaf | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Leaf

When I'm vulnerable and honest, I relax and the dynamic shifts to a few imperfect humans sharing and connecting. When I interact from my ego, I'm insecure and competitive and ultimately alone. When I interact authentically, vulnerably, from my heart, I'm most connected.

Love Supreme

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

ictoria believes that autistic children are powerful souls who have diminished themselves in a body gone wrong; that they are the very best of us come here to teach. They are angels.

Forget Happiness

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Ken McLeod

You cannot experience the fullness of life without experiencing the messiness of life.

Buddhist Thoughts on the Super Bowl

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Ethan Nichtern

I wonder, as I prepare to host a Super Bowl party with my girlfriend for people who don't really care about the Super Bowl (aka artists and Buddhists), what future sociologists might think about the event.

The Earth As Witness: International Dharma Teachers' Statement on Climate Change

David Loy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
David Loy

By continually enhancing our awareness, we can increasingly notice when we are causing harm to others, the climate, or ourselves, and strengthen our capacity to rapidly shift gears and think and act constructively.

Inspiration and Joy Amidst Suffering and Loss

James Baraz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
James Baraz

This teaching describes how suffering can lead to faith, which in turn can lead to gladness, joy, peace, all the way to the highest levels of happiness including full awakening.