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The Empty Room

John David Mann | Posted 05.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John David Mann

When I turned 17, I began doing something odd: every few weeks, I would take everything out of my room. Bed and bedding, cello and chairs, stereo, bur...

Daniel Berrigan's Passing and Witness

Matthew Fox | Posted 05.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Matthew Fox

The life and witness, the poetry and teaching of the late Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan hold deep meaning for us all in these days of hunger for moral...

Why Being a Beginner Is Essential for Breakthrough Discoveries, Mastering Mindfulness, and More

Matt Tenney | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Matt Tenney

I have many, many traits that don't serve me or others well. One of the trickiest to overcome has been my tendency to be a "know-it-all."

Storybook Zen, Real Time Zen

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Many people still privately yearn for a grand spiritual epiphany that will transform everything, make them forever happy, and solve all their problems.

Potential: The Most Beautiful Poem Never Written

Tanya Jo Miller | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Tanya Jo Miller

It's a good time to tidy your mental closet. Toss out some rubbish. Discover some beauty, locked away. You just never know what you might find once you start housecleaning.

The Practice Of Just-Awareness

Lewis Richmond | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Just-awareness is so simple that it is hard for us to see it. It is not actually a thing to be seen, but a reality to be experienced. It is the deepest ease and rest of all.

Emptiness: The Most Misunderstood Word In Buddhism

Lewis Richmond | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

If we are ever to embrace Buddhism properly into the West, we need to be clear about emptiness, since a wrong understanding of its meaning can be confusing, even harmful.

Buddhism And Meditation: Why Most Buddhists In The World Don't Meditate

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

One Zen monk from Japan who was visiting a Zen retreat center in America observed the enthusiasm and numbers of meditators with astonishment. "How do you get them to meditate without beating them?"

The Purpose Of Buddhist Meditation Is To Be Real

Lewis Richmond | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Most religion, including Buddhism, offers an escape from reality, rather than a transforming insight about it. But Dharma is not like that. It is about what is true and real.

Does Buddhist Meditation Still Work When You're Older?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

I meet many Buddhist meditators these days who say to me, "I've been meditating for decades. When I was young it was fantastic. But it doesn't seem as helpful or useful as it once did."

The Dalai Lama And Osama Bin Laden: Taking Horor Seriously

Lewis Richmond | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

I ponder what the Dalai Lama said that day in Los Angeles: "If something is serious ... you have to take countermeasures." Was he referring to what I am calling "horror"?

Marcus Aurelius, Dead for 2,000 Years, Can Set You Straight Today

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.06.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Marcus Aurelius was Rome's last great emperor, but there's nothing regal about him. He snatches time to write without once mentioning his primary task -- leading the most powerful army in the world.

Do Buddhists Believe In God?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.13.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

My Zen colleagues may object that it is a stretch to call Zen meditation "prayer," or to describe it as a method "to reach our divine nature." But we must never stop trying to find common ground.

Buddhist Thoughts On Impermanence, Plutonium And Beauty

Lewis Richmond | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

What a startling thought: that the very evanescence of things can be a cause for joy, and a way to see this ever-changing, ever-aging world as a thing of beauty.

The Importance Of Play: It's More Than Just Fun And Games

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Modern technology reveals that play lights up the brain in such desired areas as clarity and memory. Common sense tells us that if we've been encouraged to play as a child, beginner's mind comes more naturally as an adult.

Six Spiritual Principles For The Politically Perplexed

Kay Goldstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kay Goldstein

I have been noticing what happens when one expresses her opinion about anything political. You've heard of REMs (rapid eye movements). I call politic...