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A Different Kind Of Hindu-Christian Dialogue

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

The significance of such an approach to dialogues is not dependent upon whether both sides agree or disagree on a given issue; rather, that we are comfortable accepting these differences as a starting point.

Are There Limits to Forgiveness?

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Michael Sigman

I love Buddhism and I'm all for forgiveness among us flawed humans. But only after unrepentant mass murderers who outstrip every definition of evil Webster's can muster are, to paraphrase President Obama, taken off the field.

The Dharma Of An Apology

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Regardless of how easy or difficult, heartfelt or empty, the foundation of every apology is dharma, or righteous duty.

Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

A focus on the book and God makes a religion conclusive, exclusionary and separative. In these three ways, the Indic notion of dharma is very different from the notion of religion.

Buddha: How To Tame Your Monkey Mind

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said.

Dharmic Seva And Vivekananda: The Catalyst To Building Pluralistic Communities

Anju Bhargava | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

We asked our community to tell us: What role does your dharma (religion/faith/spirituality) play in civic engagement, social justice and development issues?

'History Centrism': A Challenge To Abrahamic Faiths

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

So what of the Abrahamic emphasis on prophetic history? Is it possible to accept the teachings of a prophet (or set of prophets) without focusing on prophetic history?

Recovery Through The Higher Power Of Karma

Kevin Griffin | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

Addicts are in a hurry. We expect results now. Recovery doesn't work like that. The Law of Karma doesn't deliver results on our timeline. For an addict, this can be torture, but it's all part of the recovery process,

Dharma Is Not The Same As Religion

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

A non-religious society may still be ethical without belief in God, but an a-dharmic society loses its ethical compass and falls into corruption and decadence.

Becoming Hindu And Finding The Essence Of All Spiritual Paths

Radhanath Swami | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

Behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.

Three Dharma Songs For Buddhist Practice

Ravenna Michalsen | Posted 07.21.2011 | Religion
Ravenna Michalsen

American Buddhist music has not had any breakout stars or even viral songs, but in the coming weeks I hope to introduce readers to more artists that are musically accomplished and lyrically devoted to the dharma.

The Importance Of Debating Religious Differences

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

This is not about superiority or inferiority but about positioning religious differences as humanity's multifaceted experience and a shared resource.

The Dharma Dilemma: The Challenge Of Competing Duties

Ramnath Subramanian | Posted 07.13.2011 | Religion
Ramnath Subramanian

The ancient Vedic texts encourage us to live by dharmic principles and furthermore struggle through despairing contradictions to seek deeper answers on responsibility, integrity and duty.

The Dharmic Method To Save The Planet

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

India continues to mystify scholars. While most Americans are familiar with the terms such as "yoga" and "Bollywood," Indian perspectives toward the ecology seem to be largely unknown.

A Buddhist Approach To Recovery: Turning It Over

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

If we are to get and stay sober, we need to live less from the lower and more from the higher self. Turning our will and our lives over is the way we do this.

Spiritual Solutions #29: Achieving Pleasure and Goals of Life

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond Pleasure and the Goals of Life Human beings, whose lifetime is allotted at one hundred years, should pursue three ...

The Importance Of Seva And Social Justice For Inner Transformation

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Do Hindus serve the needy? Where is community service through their faith based institutions? What theology guides the Hindus to serve?

The NICE Manifesto or How I Can Make the World More Peaceful

Susan Piver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Susan Piver

I'm struck by the deep well of tenderness that resides in each of us and how a broken heart puts you squarely in touch with that tenderness. I truly believe we are born to respect this tenderness.

The Buddha's Five Protections - Part 2

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

If we get attached, even to a beautiful state of being, we are caught, and ultimately we will suffer. We work to observe anything that comes our way, experience it while it is here, and be able to let go of it.

The Buddha's Five Protections - Part 1

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

The Buddha spoke about five ways to protect ourselves and our practice. Here I'll write about he first two of these, and continue with the rest next week.

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.

What is True Confidence?

Susan Piver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

We are accustomed to identifying with every large or small thought that comes along. But you can train yourself to identify as the sky instead.

One Who Protects The Truth Will Be Protected By It

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

There is a saying, "One who protects the dhamma, the truth, will be protected by it." Sometimes this concept of protection is a little difficult for us to understand.

Michael Emerson Reflects on Lost, Looks Ahead to the Finale

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

According to Michael Emerson, "It's so simple" to play the character Ben Linus on LOST: "I play it as it's written, as straight as I can, and let audience decide what's going on."

Buddhism: Between Desire and Emptiness

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

The middle way is a view of life that avoids the extreme of misguided grasping, and it avoids the despair and nihilism born from the mistaken belief that nothing matters, that all is meaningless.