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Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

The Sacred Art of Living and Dying

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

a strong positive balance of attending to life and death makes the most sense. The problem is that we are decidedly out of balance today. Paradoxically, letting go of life allows us to appreciate it more deeply!

What Would the Buddha Say to Mark Zuckerberg?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Mark Zuckerberg, the hoody, daring founder of Facebook thinks the age of online privacy is over: "When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the ...

Modern Buddhism: Language and Culture in a Shrinking World

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Language is translatable but we also have to be aware of the subtle shades of meaning, beyond literal translation, that cultural settings impart.

The Buddha Wasn't a Buddhist

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

The Buddha's teachings today still describe a deeply personal inner journey that's spiritual, yes, but not religious. The Buddha wasn't a god -- he wasn't even a Buddhist.

Who and What Is Buddha, Really?

Lama Surya Das | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

The Buddha is actually an archetype representing enlightenment, an icon symbolizing inner wisdom, a pointer towards the possibility of a level of spiritual awakening embodying the fullest actualized potential of human beings.

Meditation: Catch and Release

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

The practice of meditation is basically a process of getting to know yourself. How do you do it? By becoming familiar with your mind.

Cultivating Compassion: Meditation For Better Relationships

Chade-Meng Tan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chade-Meng Tan

There are two components to spiritual practice, Wisdom and Compassion, and associating with people helps us grow Compassion. You probably cannot live a holy life without associating with people.

The End of Lost: Death, Dharma & the Dao

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Carmichael

Lost deserves to be understood as an epic -- an infinite interlocking series of trilogies and operas articulating the transformation of consciousness through the processes of death.

Stay on Your Cushion: The Importance of 'Hot' and 'Cool' Boredom During Meditation

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

For those who are beginning to explore meditation practice, allow yourself to actually experience this "hot boredom" and not just jump off the cushion when that kind of restlessness is experienced.

Good News and Bad News... and Woody Allen

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

First the good news: as Woody Allen so succinctly reminded us the other day in an interview from Cannes, when commenting on aging, "It's a bad business getting older, and I would advise you not to do it."

Meeting Our Minds: Is Meditation Practical?

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

We rarely if ever look at the "I" that's making our everyday assumptions. Our meditation practice, rather then being theoretical or metaphysical, is extremely personal and direct -- it's highly experiential.

Tortured by Love, Lust or a Crush? The Buddhist Solution (is Gross).

Waylon Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waylon Lewis

"Foulness Meditation" "The Lord Buddha advised those who are ardent on attaining Nibbana to contemplate the body with its impurities..." "VARIATION...

Finding A Spiritual Teacher

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

It is essential that the teacher is thoroughly trained herself and completely personifies what is being presented. Sometimes the teachings at this level are called transmission or "ear whispered."

Tiger Woods: I'm Recommitting Myself to Buddhism

Waylon Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waylon Lewis

In Buddhist terms, Tiger has vowed to "bring all obstacles to the path."

Meeting The Buddha Today

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

As we stumble through the fog of our sometimes overly discursive mind and say "I want to meet Buddha," if you shift that a little and say "I want to meet the awakened state of mind," then we have clarified what it is that we are looking for.

Sheepish In Carlyfornia

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

You may think that Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" ad will hurt Fiorina's chances, but the video has given the senatorial candidate free publicity.

Buddhism: A Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Clothier

You may find these to be times when despair and withdrawal seem to be the only rational answers. Time, then, perhaps, to pick up your copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism.

8 Gateways To Greater Happiness

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Happiness grows from a state of mind -- a perspective about life and your engagement with it, and the actions you take to support your happiness.

The Bodhi Tree and Community

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

Buddhist meditation has helped me deal with disappointment. But I still felt devastated when I learned that the owners of the Bodhi Tree are closing their iconic West Hollywood bookstore.

Finding Buddha In A Back Spasm

Jim Watkins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Watkins

I've gotten a greater appreciation of how pain--the non-life threatening, localized, physical kind of pain that something like a back spasm causes--can be gateway into the world of moment-to-moment awareness.

Breathing in the Buddha

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Clothier

Documentary photographer Alan Brigish's Breathing in the Buddha is "a photographic exploration of Buddhist life in Indochina." The photographs are absolutely gorgeous.

Healing the Spirit/Matter Split

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arjuna Ardagh

The greatest area of split and misunderstanding, which I discover among my friends and other writers and teachers, is the split between the longing of the spirit and material desire.

Avatar: An Anti-War Film Challenges Us to "Be All That You Can Be"

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

An avatar is a being of matchless integrity, and every culture has examples like Abraham, Moses, Miriam, Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mary, Mohammed, Fatimah, Chief Joseph, Nan'yehi.

What The Buddha Would Say To Sarah Palin

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

At the moment, Palin is touring the country to promote her book, which has a very large number of words in it, but not all of them are necessarily either true or kind.