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Ahimsa

Jainism and Islam: More Similar Than You Might Think

Aamir Hussain | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

As a Muslim of Indian background, I have wondered how to counter misinformation about my religion while striving to build greater interfaith connections among traditions common in South Asia.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Both Martin Luther King and Gandhi were people who gained tremendous inspiration from their faith traditions and were able to perform tremendous feats of courage through the implementation of non-violence.

What Is Yoga, Really?

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

The teaching of yoga reminds me of what I aspire to be, and what human beings are truly capable of becoming. Yoga helps us to remember who we truly are.

Anger Management Is Fear Management

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

There are true tigers and there are paper tigers, true threats and symbolic/conditioned threats. All of us need to learn how not to fear fear itself, in which case, anger management goes beyond fear management and becomes tantamount to mind management.

Animal Rights and Plant Based Diets: Short-Lived Fad or Longstanding Tradition?

JAINA | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
JAINA

While the majority of westerners believe vegetarianism to be a mostly recent phenomenon, Jains know this is not the case.

Live Your Life Fulfilled

Jeff Cannon | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cannon

I wish I could say there is a way to live life without pain. There is not. While it is not pleasant, pain is a part of the human experience. However, there is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is something you can overcome.

Buddhist Practice Is About the Kind of Person You Are

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

We have only to look at the continuing drumbeat of bad news regarding present-day Buddhist teachers, leaders and institutions to realize that Buddhists -- like people of every faith -- come in all shapes and sizes.

Cultivating Weightless Simplicity: Fivelements Puri Ahimsa

Daniel Scott | Posted 06.05.2013 | Travel
Daniel Scott

Weightless simplicity is impossible to fake. It takes preparation, effort, and time to create the feeling of natural ease and flow

Ahimsa In The Small Things: A Jain College Student's Approach To Nonviolent Living

JAINA | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
JAINA

My path to spirituality is to hardwire the right choices into my life -- on purpose. And the right choice is the one which causes the least violence in the world.

The Most Extreme Form of Nonviolence

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

The yogic path labels nonviolence as "ahimsa." According to this tradition, violence is any act that inflicts harm onto not just other people, but onto oneself.

Conversation With Sharon Gannon On 'Yoga, Life And Being Vegan'

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

What is the relationship between yoga and transformation? How can what you eat affect how you live? I caught up with the co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, Sharon Gannon. With over 25 years of teaching and activism, she is credited for making yoga "cool and hip."

This Practice Of Yoga Means 'Absence Of Violence': Would You Practice?

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 11.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

When we possess an expanded understanding of ahimsa beyond only vegetarianism and accept every person as they are, we then have the best capacity to support transformation and positive change of any kind.

The Bodhisattva As Compassion Warrior

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Maybe this is Buddhism's time to say, "No, we have a different idea, the ideal of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva looks after everyone. The Bodhisattva will help you."

Meatless Monday: Victoria Moran, Hanging Out At The Intersection Of Magic And Main Street

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.26.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

"Being vegan is a glorious adventure. It touches every aspect of my life -- my relationships, how I relate to the world," says Victoria Moran. Holistic health counselor, longtime vegan and all-around glowing kind of person, Moran is author of books including Creating a Charmed Life and the new Main Street Vegan, a plant-based omnibus where spirit meets stomach and magic meets Main Street.

Mindfulness as a Path to Personal Sustainability

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Everything you do actively creates your experience, in the past, now and in the future. Practicing mindfulness in your everyday living and adopting a mindset of sustainability allows you to live in harmony with yourself and the world around you.

Gandhi's Dharma And The West

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

Mahatma Gandhi articulated his sva-dharma ("my dharma") using a few key Sanskrit words that do not have an exact English equivalent. One of these is satya, his practice of truth.

How The Yoga Of Non-Injury Will Set You Free

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

There is nothing that could be more significant, helpful, or honoring of human existence and decency than non-injury, known as ahimsa in yoga.

Buddhism And Wealth: Defining 'Right Livelihood'

Lewis Richmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

"Right Livelihood" is a traditional Buddhist teaching that meant ethical livelihood. But the Buddha could not have conceived of today's complex societies. Now, "right livelihood" is a societal, even planetary, responsibility.

As African Tyrants Fall

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

The Tunisian people's revolution provides practical insights into the prerequisites for dismantling dictatorships in Africa. The first lesson is that when dictatorships end, their end could come with either a bang or a whimper.

Hindu Niyamas: Ancient Resolutions for New Years

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

For all you yogis out there -- my list of resolutions may just be the same as yours -- they are, of course, the five eternal yamas.

Meatless Monday: The Season Of Diwali

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Last week, a chef friend told me humans are hardwired to eat seasonally, and sure enough, I woke up the next day wanting the taste of cauliflower and ...

God-Training with BugZooka

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Summertime means bugs. Bugs bug us. We don't like to be bugged so we kill bugs. Let's face it: we are playing gods, taking it upon ourselves to dec...

Birthday Lessons From Lord Mahavir

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Here are two lessons from the core of Mahavir's teachings that we can all learn from, and who knows, perhaps even find room to apply them in our lives.

Ahimsa Eating Re-Considered

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Zero-sum" is when one's needs cancel out another's needs. I learned the meaning of this violent doctrine as a Russian kid playing "nozhichki." Nozhi...

Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Mind is a zoolander: a fashionable savage hypnotized by society to run random programs without self-awareness.