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WHY Music: Dharmony and the Essence of Who We Are

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Music is a powerful form of alchemy that allows us to connect, on a deeply visceral and emotional level, to who we are and to our sense of belonging and purpose in the world. It even enables us to feel connected to the world we of the great unseen.

Why You Should Believe in Karma

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Salmansohn

My 3.5-year-old son Ari has a passion for Legos -- even bigger than his passion for pizza. I know this, because when Ari's busy with his Legos, not e...

How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

Ira Israel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

When I meet fellow mindfulness teachers I sometimes ask, "What do you think the difference is between mindfulness and Buddhism? If the teacher starts prattling on about brain states and alpha waves and prefrontal cortexs and amygdalas, I will wish him or her the best and quietly excuse myself.

How To Overcome 7 Big Blocks To Success

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

Everybody has a dream in their heart. They stem from our unique gifts, which are part of our higher purpose here on this earth to share with the world. When the life we're living is not in alignment with this calling, it can result in feeling less than happy and fulfilled.

An Invitation

Hwansan Sunim | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Hwansan Sunim

We can all gain enlightenment, become fully actualized, right where we are. We don't need to believe in anything but ourselves. This is the beauty and power of the Son meditative tradition that Son Master Songdam wishes to share with the world.

Happiness, Guaranteed

Brian Leaf | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Leaf

When I'm vulnerable and honest, I relax and the dynamic shifts to a few imperfect humans sharing and connecting. When I interact from my ego, I'm insecure and competitive and ultimately alone. When I interact authentically, vulnerably, from my heart, I'm most connected.

Love Supreme

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

ictoria believes that autistic children are powerful souls who have diminished themselves in a body gone wrong; that they are the very best of us come here to teach. They are angels.

Forget Happiness

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Ken McLeod

You cannot experience the fullness of life without experiencing the messiness of life.

Buddhist Thoughts on the Super Bowl

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Ethan Nichtern

I wonder, as I prepare to host a Super Bowl party with my girlfriend for people who don't really care about the Super Bowl (aka artists and Buddhists), what future sociologists might think about the event.

The Earth As Witness: International Dharma Teachers' Statement on Climate Change

David Loy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
David Loy

By continually enhancing our awareness, we can increasingly notice when we are causing harm to others, the climate, or ourselves, and strengthen our capacity to rapidly shift gears and think and act constructively.

Inspiration and Joy Amidst Suffering and Loss

James Baraz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
James Baraz

This teaching describes how suffering can lead to faith, which in turn can lead to gladness, joy, peace, all the way to the highest levels of happiness including full awakening.

Essential Wisdom for Our Existential Crisis: Mahabharata, the Eternal Quest

Chris Fici | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Chris Fici

The Mahabharata is considered one of the oldest and of the greatest epics of antiquity. Composed more than 5,000 years ago by the great Vedic sage Vyasa, the Mahabharata tells the story of what is both a heart-rendingly personal and catastrophically collective battle that threatens the very structure and fabric of civilization.

Yoga and Meditation: Good Karma Gifts of Dharma

Zoe Helene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Zoe Helene

These unique gifts embody the essence of yoga and meditation -- a state of mind/body/spirit. Far beyond fashion or trend, the yogic lifestyle is a deeper way of living, with consciousness and compassion.

4 Factors That Influence Dharma

Alanna Zabel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alanna Zabel

Our communities typically reflect back rules and regulations, merits and demerits, all of which regulate behavior. One's personal conviction and conscious motivation to regard ethical or moral principles ultimately mold their conscience.

Was Goenka a Guru?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

How much authority do we surrender to another person? How much do we adjust what we have to say, based on the capacity of the listener to hear it?

S.N. Goenka: The Man Who Taught The World To Meditate

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

You may not know the name of S.N. Goenka, who died Saturday at the age of 90. But if you've counted your breaths to relax in a hospital, or if you've ever tried to eat, walk, or speak "mindfully," you've felt his influence.

10 More Miami Guys You've Probably Dated

Joanna Popper | Posted 10.30.2013 | Miami
Joanna Popper

1.Hablo un poco ingles guy. You have no shared language but his Russian, Creole, French, Portuguese or Spanish turns you on. Love (lust) binds you. Until you get bored watching him Skype back home and just want a conversation with anyone who understands that Liz Lemon is funny.

Today I Went to Yoga Class Drunk

Ira Israel | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Trying to make sense of a father and son dying, trying to fit that into my understanding of how the universe is operating... my understanding of the Dharma... my understanding of my dharma... A complete mystery. And for me also a tragedy. So today I went to yoga class drunk.

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.

Dharma, Enlightenment And Hakuna Matata

Pratik Dattani | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Pratik Dattani

Our lives begin to end the day we fall silent on the things that matter. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, we do not need to wait to see what others do, but we ourselves must to be the change we want to see in the world.

The Environmental Sustainability Of Indian Spirituality

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

Even after the advent of modernity and globalization, Indians have successfully preserved their vegetarian habits that were laid down by their dharmic traditions several millennia ago.

Dharma Salon: Leonard Cohen at Radio City Music Hall

Catherine Ingram | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

It is heartening to know that in this time of spectacle and trivia, of celebrity voyeurism and gangsta rap, there are still plenty of those who are moved by what can only be described as a class act.

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.

Buddhism, Sex And Foot Locker

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

Sure, none of us are perfect and human beings are all still learning. But if your learning edge is about respecting women's bodies and managing your own craving to touch people when they don't want to be touched, it is better to do your learning in a different job than as a Buddhist teacher.

Your Death Is Your Headline

Anushka Fernandopulle | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Anushka Fernandopulle

We can connect with the poignancy and beauty of our lives, spend our precious limited time wisely, and treat people in ways that we will not later regret. So make death your headline, in order to spend your life living fully with integrity and presence.