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Zen Buddhism

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...

Buddhist Priest Invites Same-Sex Couples To Marry At His Temple

HuffPost Japan | Sara Elkamel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

Same-sex marriages are not legal in Japan. However, there is a Japanese Buddhist temple where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and ...

Revolutionizing Hospice Care With A Mindful Approach To Death

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.20.2015 | Media

NY Times: The Art Of Dying Well In the latest New York Times "Fixes" column, Courtney E. Martin spotlights the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco n...

Buddhist Abbot At China's Famed Shaolin Temple Under Investigation Over Reports Of Misbehavior

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China's famed&nbs...

Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.

'Death by Hitchcock': A Conversation With Elissa Grodin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Elissa Grodin's father, Stan Durwood, was the founder of AMC Entertainment and invented the multiplex and megaplex movie theater concept. Elissa studied film at Dartmouth College, and painting at the New York School of Visual Arts.

Michael Jordan's Mindfulness Meditation Coach: The Secret Weapon of Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and You

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee

Woo-woo or not, compassion is needed today more than ever, and perhaps mindfulness can help bring us there. Through Mumford's book, we can all learn to be Mindful Athletes in our day-to-day lives.

Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

Mad Men: One Journey, One Redemption, One Ending

William Bradley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that is Mad Men sitting alone on a bus stop in Oklahoma, heading west.

A Buddhist Meditation on Good Friday and Jesse James

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

I see how we have the confluence of a minor historical event in American history, the day that the outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed by Robert Ford in 1882, and this year Good Friday in the Western Christian calendar, falling into the same moment.

Gender Sovereignty: A Spiritual Declaration of Independence from the Gender Wars

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

If the unconditional love one would think a parent would have for a child instinctively is not enough, and the unconditional love evangelical Christians claim to believe God has for all people is not enough, then let us declare a spiritual revolution and claim our sovereignty as trans people.

90 Zen Teachers Pledge To Change Culture That Fosters Abuse

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion

Prominent Zen teacher Eido Shimano resigned as head of a Buddhist monastery in New York in 2010 over allegations of sexual abuse. Shimano's fall from ...

Zen Temple In Japan Becomes First To Perform Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion

A Buddhist temple in Japan is offering LGBT couples a place to have symbolic wedding ceremonies -- even though gay marriage is still illegal in the co...

Thich Nhat Hanh Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

World renowned Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh experienced a severe brain hemorrhage on Wednesday, his spiritual community announced. Plum Village,...

What Do Blank Paintings Mean, Starting With Yves Klein

Matthew Israel | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

There's seemingly nothing to be seen in or on them except for one color (or white or black) and some texture, maybe.

Enlightenment Is Where You Least Expect It

Mia Hansson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mia Hansson

I also thought I'd try an experiment. Whenever I found myself miserable about cleaning, I would turn it around 180 degrees and decide to be happy doing it. To my shock, it worked immediately! I was happy because I'd decided to be happy! If only I'd discovered this simple knack 20 years ago.

Advice to a 20-Year-Old Self

Mia Hansson | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mia Hansson

Don't neglect the dishes. Try to get enough sleep most nights. Smile every day. Keep your promises, even if others don't. Enjoy the little things: They add up. You will be very surprised at how deeply, earth-shatteringly not-boring moderation is.

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, Leading Zen Buddhist Teacher, Dies At 107

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a leading Zen Buddhist teacher, and founder of Mount Baldy Zen Center, died on Sunday July 27 at the age of 107, the Los Angeles T...

I'm Not Religious, But I am a Little Buddhist

Annie Battles | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Annie Battles

Meditation and Zen practice is a very personal business for my father, and while I would constantly see him meditating, I grew up unaware of the reasons why he did it.

The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

We all suffer because we imagine how wonderful the world will be when we vanquish the opposition and are finally able to achieve our political goals and enjoy the benefits of a society that lives by our values -- but this is a fantasy.

The First Noble Truth of Politics Is Frustration

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

If now and then you find yourself a bit frustrated by politics, you are not alone. Politics is inherently, profoundly, maddeningly frustrating for al...

Will Phil Jackson Bring Zen Buddhism To The NY Knicks?

Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion

Phil Jackson is one of the most famous people in basketball. He is a former NBA player and former coach of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers who lead hi...

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

Can You Taste Love?

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.22.2014 | Home
Alison Cayne

Feeding others, not only physically but also emotionally, is a key tenet in Zen philosophy. Zen monks spend a substantial amount of their day cooking because it helps them practice mindfulness, service to others, and patience.

Why An Ivy League Grad Decided To Become A Monk

OWN | Posted 12.18.2013 | OWN

Jack Kornfield was raised in a Jewish home with a father he says had an explosive, violent temper. During his childhood, Kornfield sought refuge in bo...