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Buddha

The Mystery of Who We Are

Tara Brach | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Probably the deepest inquiry in any of the spiritual traditions is the question, "Who am I?" If we look behind the roles and images that our culture gives us, behind the ideas that we internalize from our family, who's really here?

The Only Place in the Universe

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

I had my first spiritual experience when I was 16 years old. I was sitting up late one night having a conversation with my mother about something I can't remember, when for no apparent reason, the doors of perception opened wide.

Jack Kornfield: Meditation Helps Us See What Matters

Kripalu | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Meditation can be the doorway through which we enter into a deeper connection with the world within and around us. At the beginning of his five-day retreat at Kripalu, The Wise and Loving Heart, Jack Kornfield reflects on the benefits and blessings of meditation.

What Would Buddha Do About The Boston Bombing?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

We may or may not forgive, but we must let go of revenge, otherwise we become prisoners of our own anger, and of the vicious cycle that is terrorism.

Seeking Completion in an "Ordinary" Legend: Reflections on a Rodriguez Concert

Carol Smaldino | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

While many of us have seen and will see Rodriguez as part of our forays into spiritual tourism, on a pilgrimage of sorts, his music and his essence kind of send us back to ourselves.

An Open, Spacious Awareness For An Open, Spacious Life

Larry Yang | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Larry Yang

Whether it is the internal or external sense of being "maxed out," what is often helpful is to seek a larger landscape in which to hold one's experience. This is not only a skillful means of coping with difficulty, but it is also an aspect of mindfulness and awareness.

Time And Buddha's Touching The Earth Mudra

Cindy Bird | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Cindy Bird

Buddha, sitting with one hand raised to show he's teaching, the other reaching down to touch the Earth below. With that one act, Buddha stopped the march with a single gesture. He taught us to look for the timelessness within time.

Buddha Doodle - 'Blessed Are We'

Molly Hahn | Posted 05.28.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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How to Be Your Own Guru

Ora Nadrich | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

By connecting to your inner teacher, you can be your own guru first and foremost, and even if you choose to follow a guru, teacher or master, you always have yourself to check in with along the way to see if you're in agreement with their teaching or comfortable with the experience.

When Musicals Reflect Our Lives

George Heymont | Posted 05.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Musicals are one of America's most beloved forms of entertainment. And they have often offered audiences a chance to explore controversial topics of the day.

The Authentic Yogini

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Yvonna Russell

Deepak Chopra's New York Times bestselling book, Buddha, traces Siddhartha's path to enlightenment from prince to divine deity. Mindy Frenkel's journe...

Buddha's Choice

Cindy Bird | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Cindy Bird

Siddhartha's choice led to his Enlightenment, to Buddhahood. When you face your choice, how will you answer? Which path will you choose?

How I Pray

Virginia Bell | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Virginia Bell

For years, I prided myself on being an atheist and had no interest in god or religion. Back then, the word "spirituality" wasn't part of our everyday vernacular. But all that changed during the 1970s when spirituality became a buzz word.

Buddha's Simple Truth

Jeff Cannon | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cannon

Buddha's own simple truth was that nirvana is right here and now. It is within each of you. And it is up to you to uncover it and live it in the present moment, not through the layers and rituals that different men and women have added, but through what should be very simple teachings.

Dharma and Guns

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

While we are still flawed as humans, it is wise to foster choices that cause less harm to ourselves and others by limiting easy access to firearms.

Is Meditation Narcissistic?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The eightfold Path was designed to be practiced as a seamless whole. Otherwise things can go awry. Any single practice or effort can go off the rails. The ego constantly looks for ways to bend the benefits of the practice back toward the self and its selfish needs.

What The Buddha Might Say To Oprah

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.09.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We need the courage to trust our own insights and awakenings. Oprah is on the cutting edge of this media revolution, and she shares every step of her search, but her answers may not always be applicable for all of us.

'Daughters Of The Buddha' Discuss How Buddhist Women Can Achieve Equality

Michaela Haas | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

"They're telling the nuns, 'Oh, you're so humble, you're not interested in gaining prestige and power like these Westerners,'" Lekshe says with a calm voice but a quizzical look. "Well, I just wonder why they are not telling the monks that."

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.

When The Buddha Faces Death

Rev. Jennifer Block | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Block

The effort of remembering our shared humanity assures us that we are embraced by a wider community, not forsaken as isolated individuals. This daily practice can enhance our appreciation for life. It can also make us more able to face death like a Buddha.

Buddha Doodle - 'Present'

Molly Hahn | Posted 02.15.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Watch What You Eat (With Your Mind): Buddhist Meditation

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

Sitting silently, simply breathing, then becoming aware of what is arising in the mind and in the body. What thoughts and mind states are occurring? Are they wholesome or unwholesome? Edible or inedible?

I Think, Therefore I Don't Know Who the Hell I Am

Joan Konner | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Joan Konner

The search for identity, occurring in the context of a contemporary ethos of rugged individualism, collectively carried to extreme, even unto selfishness and narcissism, is an obsession in our time.

The 3 Principle Aspects of the Bodhisattva Path

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

There are said to be three principle aspects of the path to Buddhahood -- renunciation, bodhicitta and wisdom. These are called "principle aspects" because of the crucial role they play in following the path.

The Diamond Sutra: Insights From An Ancient Image

Conrad Walters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Conrad Walters

With a Buddha surrounded by flames and flanked by two brutish figures, the scene at the heart of the earliest-known drawing in a printed book might seem an unlikely source of spiritual comfort.