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Bodhisattva

What Would the Buddha Do?

David Loy | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
David Loy

To begin with, we can't wait until we have overcome all our own suffering before addressing that of others. Events are speeding up, and they are not going to wait for you and me to attain great enlightenment.

Love's Contradiction: Embracing Joy and Sorrow

John Thatamanil | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

To lack joy, to be without an effervescent delight in the sheer fact of being alive with others, is an immense impoverishment. We know this truth in t...

Compassion, Culture and Belief

Ken McLeod | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Ken McLeod

Compassion puts you directly in touch with the human condition. It cuts through beliefs. It goes straight to the heart.

Developing Bodhicitta

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

In my last blog, "Wanting To Develop Bodhicitta," I explained that because it is not an easy task to develop the universal love and compassion of Bodh...

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.

Right View and Patience

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

After we learn to view anger as a dysfunctional emotion, we can work on changing our views of the situations that cause us to become angry into views that do not lead to anger.

Prayer In The Face Of Difficulty

Tara Brach | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Tara Brach

Perhaps without naming it as prayer, in times of great need and distress you may already spontaneously experience the act of doing so.

On Having Compassion For Others: Learning To See Past 'The Mask'

Tara Brach | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Richie had truly "seen" Sharon -- her vulnerability and spirit, and he'd expressed his care by mirroring her goodness. It took another year and a half for her to tell him what those gifts had meant to her, and to apologize. But because he hadn't given up on her, a thaw had begun.

A Bodhisattva-Inspired Path To Peace

Posted 01.11.2013 | GPS for the Soul

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

An American Lama's Thoughts On Prayer

Lama Surya Das | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

I have visited, prayed, chanted, bowed and meditated in many, if not most, of the great houses of worship of this evanescent world. And at this holy time of year, I send my warmest wishes and prayers for your health and well-being.

The New Bodhisattva Path

David Loy | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Instead of asking, "How can I get out of this situation?" the bodhisattva asks, "What can I contribute to make this situation better?" Today, more than ever, we need to understand the bodhisattva path as a spiritual archetype that offers a new vision of human possibility.

Is Meditation Buddhism Booming Or Fading?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The biggest question in Buddhism's long term future will be how much a new generation of practitioners, teachers and scholars come forward to carry on the work.

All In This Together: Sandy, The Elections And Everything After

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ethan Nichtern

Being a mindful human, balancing personal responsibility with interdependence, is a perfect challenge for this fragile era on Planet Earth. It's a challenge way harder than charging iPhones and hosting a few dozen bourgeousie refugees.

Bodhisattvas and Political Engagement

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

Should Bodhisattvas become involved in the political arena as a method of helping everyone attain the requisites of a spiritual life? My answer to this question is, "Yes."

Buckminster Fuller Bodhisattva - Trimtab Using Skillful Means on Behalf of All Humanity

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.10.2012 | World
L. Steven Sieden

Most people who know the term Bodhisattva define a Bodhisattva as an enlightened being. Wikipedia says, The term 'bodhisattva' was used by the Budd...

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."

Practicing With "Mistakes"

Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell

Shame may be so strong that we could tend to not even acknowledge mistakes, or underestimate them. To want the mistake to go away is a not exactly a mistake -- it's just an impossibility.

Choice And Freedom

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.21.2012 | Religion
Ken McLeod

"When he reaches the perfection of wisdom, can a bodhisattva choose to do whatever he wants?" a young man asked. "The illusion of choice is an indication of a lack of freedom," I replied.

What to Do When Spiritual Complacency Sets In

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

To "not seek" is to evolve without intention, without conscious direction stemming from an awakening heart; while "to seek" is a never-ending process of investigation -- to refine discernment and strengthen direction.

Who Is The Dalai Lama?

Matteo Pistono | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Matteo Pistono

As he passed, I heard two sounds that would symbolize for me how the Dalai Lama works in both the political and spiritual worlds -- a soft, deeply wise chuckle, and the flapping of his rubber flip-flops, en route to helping others.

Eternal Evolution And Reincarnation (VIDEO)

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

Here is a video from a seminar in London, in which I answer a participant's question about reincarnation.

Remembering A Buddhist Psychotherapy Pioneer

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Craig K. Comstock

Take a man trained in natural science, expose him to eastern religions and to West Coast therapy and the result was Hakomi.

A Buddhist View: King's Compassion Still Among Us

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

In our conversation, I asked Thich Nhat Hanh whether he regarded King, whom he had known, as a bodhisattva, an enlightened being. The monk responded with an unequivocal yes.

A Meditation On Motorcycles: Buddhism And Bringing Light To Dark Places

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

It is the work of a true bodhisattva, or open-hearted warrior, to go into the darkest aspects of our society in the hopes that he or she can be a light for all to see.

Sanjusangendo

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Heaven, may I be a Yurikamome amid Chrysanthemum flowers at Gion Matsori? High over Yasaka, show me a bird's eye view of Kannon, the god of mercy Bo...