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Buddhist Practice

Buddhist in America

Nathan Gauer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Nathan Gauer

Growing up in a Buddhist family in Virginia in the '80s, I was often on the defensive about my family's beliefs. It was not unusual to be shunned by other kids because I did not believe in God the same way they'd been taught in church.

Reflections on Silver River: Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 02.19.2014 | Books
Peter Clothier

The pain, fear, sorrow and grief that all of us experience at moments in our lives can be overwhelming, as can the petty anger, the envy, the ambition and the greed that we experience almost every day.

A Buddhist Prayer For Boston

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

In the face of this pain and confusion, we must allow ourselves to touch our own strength and goodness and open our hearts, generating love and compassion for the victims of this tragedy.

A Buddhist Yogi's Response To Mass Murder

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

I should practice Ahimsa, non-harming. But in the situation of a madman with four guns and gas canisters, it might not be so simple.

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."

7 Practices That Restored My Buddhist Faith

Lewis Richmond | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

After 15 years my faith in this practice, once so strong, turned to doubt. I began asking myself: What do I really know that is true? Who and what can I really trust? What has become of Lew, the person I used to be so many years before?

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.

A Cultural History Of The Word 'Enlightenment'

Lewis Richmond | Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

It will be interesting to see how the next generation of Buddhist teachers and practitioners deal with the cultural history (and baggage) of the word "enlightenment."

The Way Of The Bodhisattva

C. Clinton Sidle | Posted 05.30.2011 | Religion
C. Clinton Sidle

"All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself. All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others." That, I believe, captures the essence of this.

Buddhism and Activism: How Would Sid Produce Social Change?

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

While it is fine to get involved in the political process or to engage in non-violent protests, I think Sid would also say that anything to do with other people can be considered social action.

Buddhism Is More than Meditation: A Conversation with Sulak Sivaraksa

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

I feel that to practice Buddhism, you must care not only for yourself but for society. You also have to consciously distance yourself from the structures of violence that frame our lives.

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.

Cultivating Loving Kindness

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Causes and conditions set the stage for our attitudes toward the world and we can and do affect them. It is practical to train our minds so that we're not governed by our negative patterns.