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Amidst the Encomiums for His Record-Setting Tenure, It Can Now Be Revealed: Jerry Brown's Only Fatal Vulnerability for Re-Election

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Amidst the plaudits for his record and his new/renewed governorship, California Republicans met over the weekend past in convention to, among other things, discuss what they will try to do next year when Brown runs for re-election, something he has not yet announced.

Two Hundred, Ninety Eight Words on the Affordable Care Act

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

I believe some basic sort of access to health care is a human right. Each society has to figure out how to provide it, and how much is enough.

When Was the Last Time You Had an 'Oh Wow!' Moment?

Dianne Harman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

There are pluses and minuses to getting older. One of the big minuses is that we tend to compare everything to something that happened in the past and completely miss the "Oh wow!" moments.

Why California Is the Hinge of America's Asia-Pacific Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region has long been in the cards as Asian economies rebuilt and rose to the fore in the decades after World War II and the ruinous Pacific War that was such a critical and yet underplayed part of it.

How Changing The Way You Think About Death Can Transform The Way You Live

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.29.2013 | Healthy Living

Woody Allen once said, "I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." And the sentiment isn't uncommon. Many of us living i...

Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other

David Loy | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Today we can see more clearly the limitations of each freedom by itself. What have I gained if I am free from external control but still at the mercy of my own greed, aggression, and delusions?

Joshua Worden: The Spontaneous, Simple Circle Is the Porthole to the Self

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

In the last few years, Joshua Worden has been fascinated with Japanese ensō paintings. Literally meaning circle, ensō is a concept in Zen Buddhism that symbolizes absolute enlightenment.

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.

Coming Out As A Buddhist

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

For someone who has never been exposed to meditation or Buddhist tenets, it can seem very weird and foreign. Whether you are talking with your religiously conservative family or a long-time friend, you can apply basic Buddhist principles to help them understand what it is you do.

Unreasonable People: Apply Here

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We all have seeds of inherent goodness that, when nurtured and turned into real commitment, can create transform the world around us. This is exactly what we saw in Shodo Spring.

Zen Confidential: Declassified

Shozan Jack Haubner | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Shozan Jack Haubner

I was working beneath the composting toilets, churning shit with a shovel, trying to turn it into food for the earth, when a voice rose up from the depths: I just have to tell people about this.

There Are Only Hands And Eyes: Zen Buddhism As Universalism

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Yunyan asked Daowu, "How does the Bodhisattva Guanyin use those many hands and eyes?" Daowu answered, "It is like someone in the middle of the night reaching behind her head for the pillow."

Zen After The Scandals: A Letter To A Friend

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Zen has a great deal to offer. And it needs reformation. Like everything else, Zen is a work in progress.

Zen Master Wu Bong Dead At 62

Adam Tebbe | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Adam Tebbe

Zen Master Wu Bong was the first American Zen student of the late Korean master, Seung Sahn, who founded the internation Kwan Um School of Zen organization.

Faith Of A Liberal Buddhist

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

This is an issue of some import as we have entered an era where Buddhist thought is cited for various purposes within our culture. And so, who may speak for the tradition?

How To Be Spiritual But Not Religious In A Way That Actually Helps

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

People appear to have all the old needs for some sense of certainty, for some sense of direction, but increasingly find the old ways unhelpful, or even harmful. We are at a time of crisis. And, as people sometimes notice at such moments, we are also at a time of opportunity.

Starting Over

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Starting over ain't easy. The trick, the Zen masters say, is hanging on to beginner's mind, no matter one's circumstances, experience or expertise. For in that state everything is possible.

Genki Takabayashi, Zen Teacher, Dies

Adam Tebbe | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Adam Tebbe

Genki Takabayashi, the retired Japanese-born Rinzai Zen teacher, died at his home in Victor, Montana on Monday at age 81.

Thoughts On Zen’s Sex Scandals And What Might Follow

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

What we see are a couple of actual predators, a larger number of people with bad boundaries and an even larger number of people who've been caught up in domestic issues, where sex was just a presenting issue.

The Zen Master, The Pope And The Suppression Of Dissent

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Michael Sigman

Accusations that one of the most powerful American Zen Buddhist figures of the past half-century has sexually harassed, groped and bullied hundreds of female students have unleashed outrage in the Buddhist community.

Joshu Sasaki And The Challenge Of Scandals In The Zen Community

Adam Tebbe | Posted 04.18.2013 | Religion
Adam Tebbe

I know that many Zen practitioners would like to see this coverage go away. This whole thing appears to reflect undesirably on the Zen tradition. But this isn't exactly a story that lends itself well to backslapping.

'The Dude and the Zen Master': On Making The World A Better Place

Robert Piper | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Robert Piper

Bernie Glassman is out in the trenches working to make the world a better place. I read his book "The Dude and The Zen Master" and thought it was a truly incredible book about two great friends talking about the good life.

Bernie Glassman's Boots-On-The-Ground-Secular Buddhism

Mary Veronica Sweeney | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Mary Veronica Sweeney

Bernie leads people to places like Rawanda and Auschwitz, what he calls "bearing witness" retreats, to anchor practice in the full spectrum of who we are as human beings.

Discovering the Cure to Aging Anxiety

Jennifer Armstrong | Posted 12.30.2012 | Women
Jennifer Armstrong

As 9 million people underwent cosmetic procedures last year, I did something else: I hung out with older women.

Oneness, Firefighting And Social Change

Michael Goldstein | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Michael Goldstein

Our world is full of enemies, and we tend to fight them, not meet them. What Occupy hasn't seen is how we can work to become so united as a people.