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Sudden Death -- A Buddhist View Of The Tragedy In Arizona

David Nichtern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Nichtern

From a Buddhist point of view, sudden death can be particularly difficult. The contrast between the sense of presence and the sense of absence is so sharp and shocking.

Bernie Madoff Feeling the Heat of Imprisonment From His Son's Suicide

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

One of the worst things you can feel while being imprisoned is experiencing the death of a loved one, especially your own flesh and blood. What's even...

Jain or Hindu? Finding a Distinct Religious Identity in a Multi-Faith Society

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

When I meet people who have not heard of Jainism, or who assume it is an obscure branch of Hinduism, it frustrates me. Honestly though, until a few years ago, I barely knew the difference myself.

Car Porn

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

As a civilization we still want our presents wrapped up in shiny paper with a pretty bow on top. Will there ever be a day when we buy a car blind, not worrying about how it looks to us and others?

Recovering The Joy In Your Life

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Where has our joy gone? I have come to feel lately that joy is an expression of our own truest nature.

The Karmic Haunting of Kim

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard C. Morais

Get your hands on a copy of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. This cinematic Buddhist fable will open your Third Eye.

I Owe You Nothing!

Shaman Durek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Shaman Durek

A friend of mine recently called to ask me to come visit her in the hospital. After tuning in, I realized that I didn't want to. Even though a voice ...

Buggs and Elmer -- The Tao and Its Shadow or How Elmer Fudd Shows Us Ourselves

Vaishali | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Using Buddha's example of the via negativa, we might get just as much insight into the absence of awakening by taking a closer look at Fudd, the alter-ego of Bugs.

Is Tipping Good for Your Karma?

Derek Beres | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Derek Beres

That innocuous and cute memento of café life -- tipping is good for your karma -- points at a generally accepted notion that has deeper roots in an American upbringing than in the yoga discipline.

Meatless Monday: Anger Management

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Based on reader response from my "Meat People Push Back" of post two weeks ago, there are some very angry carnivores out there.

What Do Ricky Martin's Homosexuality, Sandra Bullock's Cheating Husband, Tiger Woods... and You Have in Common?

Sadie Nardini | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sadie Nardini

It seems like every time I turn on the TV or log onto my computer, the headlines are screaming about celebrity or politician BETRAYALS and CONFESSIONS.

Tornadoes, Quakes, and the Myth of Karma

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

The hope of playing a harp in heaven or coming back to earth as a Brahman does motivate us to stay on the straight and narrow path. And maybe such coercive images are a good thing. But the old myths need a little overhauling.

How the LA Clippers Made Me a Better Hindu

Varun Soni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Varun Soni

As Clippers fans, we've never been attached to the fruits of our fandom because we don't have any fruits to be attached to!

Cosmic Justice Comes to Fox

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Philip Goldberg

What is the significance of a show requiring viewers to buy-in to karma and reincarnation? To me, it indicates that society's notion of cosmic justice is undergoing a seismic shift.

Study: Watching People Do Good Makes You Want To Do Good

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's easy to feel all warm and and fuzzy when you watch an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show", but according to a study just published in Psychologic...

Jinx No More: The Good Luck Store

Jodi Lampert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jodi Lampert

I can't believe my luck. I just drove by this new store on my way home. Good luck is for sale here on my busy boulevard. Talk about your good luck! In...

10 Things I Wish I'd Known as a Student

Jennifer Kushell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Kushell

The most popular and highest achieving kids in school are not always the most successful in the real world. Success in the academic bubble does not translate to success in work and real life.

Fisker Automotive Gets $529 Million Government Loan To Build Electric Cars

Wall Street Journal | JOSH MITCHELL and STEPHEN POWER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Fi...

The McDonald's "Mr. James" Ad Campaign and How We Don't Care About White People, Apparently

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oh dear. It seems that we've ruffled a few feathers while writing about stereotypes.

Obama makes Multi-Racial Americans more Accepted

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

As a Japanese-Jew, I have historically used self deprecating humor at my own expense as a way to explain and defend to others who I was and to feel ac...

Unexpected Karmic Consequences

Matthew Weiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Weiner

Buddhism is deadly serious about nonviolence, because karma has serious consequences. Morality is never about a person's right to choose, but about understanding the consequences of ones actions.

When Did Debit Cards Become #@*!ing Credit Cards?!

Cecilia Michelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cecilia Michelson

Now I see that perhaps banks didn't care to explain the terms very carefully to borrowers who perhaps weren't educated enough to do the research themselves.

Lust, Hatred, and Ignorance

Brent Kessel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brent Kessel

A few days ago I was reading a book by the Dalai Lama. He recommended we check in several times a day to see which of our actions were being motivated by lust, hatred or ignorance.

Tranquility Through Anger

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

The agitated mind, if allowed to fully run its course without suppression of any thought or emotion, may simply exhaust itself and give up, revealing an underlying, more equanimous state.

I Have A Dream

Susan Madrak | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Madrak

For a couple of years now, I've been thinking about how to ground people in community through hard times (because I always knew hard times were coming.) One of the ideas I have is to have weekly community pot lucks.