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Humility in Leadership

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Even monks and serious meditators will admit that developing humility is no easy task. However, if we hope to move in that direction, we can all some time reflect on our behavior and interactions and see how we can make some positive changes towards a more humble approach to life.

Silence Is Speaking... Will We Listen?

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Cassidy Hall

I'm continually engulfed in modern day life with beeps, vibrations, commercials, news feeds -- a variety of attacks on all my senses. Yet, silence's mystifying self still delicately reaches for my curious heart.

To Be OK with the Blank Page

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

From my experiences at these various monasteries, I found that it wasn't until I sat through these things in silence and space that I could reach a much deeper and often darker place of self-discovery, which led and still leads me to more of my true self.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Monks Have Found The Key To A Productive Workday And A Fulfilling Life (And It Includes Beer)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living

When we think of monks, we tend to think of austerity, solitude and long days spent chanting and praying. And while the focus of their daily lives is ...

Why An Ivy League Grad Decided To Become A Monk

OWN | Posted 12.18.2013 | OWN

Jack Kornfield was raised in a Jewish home with a father he says had an explosive, violent temper. During his childhood, Kornfield sought refuge in bo...

Faith Journeys, Faith Collisions, and Hip-hop: A Dialogue at the Rubin Museum

Chris Fici | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

As an only child who by his own admittance grew up "sitting on the couch", Pandit suddenly had to share living space with over 60 other monks, sleeping on the floor, taking cold showers, and dodging malaria in one of the world's most overpowering metropolises.

Endangered Leopards Find Surprising Ally

Posted 09.10.2013 | Green

By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer: The endangered snow leopard has some allies in unexpected places. The leopards are being protected by hu...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Latte

Kelsey Dallas | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Kelsey Dallas

Since the genesis of my divinity school career, I have spent more Sundays in the comfort of my bedroom than listening to sermons in stiff-backed pews. This routine is less rebellion than it is the setting aside of time for another important act of worship in my life: the leisurely consumption of coffee.

Tassajara: Louis Vuitton Goes to Woodstock

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 10.06.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Schwab

Carmel, Calif. -- When my girlfriends and I first showed up at Tassajara, the vibe was not welcoming. In fact, the other 35 or so guests and employee...

Kung Fu Secret Fighting Techniques: Available Soon in English

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.23.2013 | Sports
Andrew Lam

The lesson we are quickly learning in the 21st century is that no one owns culture. Some in Hong Kong may gripe about how cherished Southern Chinese fighting secrets are now literally an open book, but they may be surprised to find that Chinese kung fu itself not purely Chinese.

Defeat, Humility, Joy

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

A remarkable book about Russian monks, published last year, reads like something from the middle of the 19th century. You feel transported back in time to the era of Russian faith that gave birth to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Yet, the non-fiction tales collected in "Everyday Saints" are entirely contemporary.

A Buddhist Perspective on Nuclear Energy, Weapons and Taking Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion
Vivian Norris

This plain-speaking young man in his deep red and gold robes, praying with such intent for all of us, a living Buddha in his own right, expressed a deep compassion for the suffering of the entire planet and all of the living beings on it as he spoke of the nuclear threat.

21st Century Monks

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion

They are monks -- but they're also scholars, academics and even geeks. Shaolin Temple in Central China's Henan province encourages its monks to lea...

Why Tibet Matters

Bianca Jagger | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Bianca Jagger

2012-05-14-Screenshot20120514at8.39.35AM.pngThe Tibetans are standing up to the vast and expanding power of the Chinese state with nonviolent resistance through religious practice, song, literature and even self-immolation.

Goodbye Frat Parties! Penn Class Teaches Students How To Live Like Monks

AP | By KATHY MATHESON | Posted 04.14.2012 | College

PHILADELPHIA -- Looking for a wild-and-crazy time at college? Don't sign up for Justin McDaniel's religious studies class. The associate professor's ...

5 Years After Egg Farm Debacle, Monks Grow Mushrooms

AP | By BRUCE SMITH | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- Five years after an animal rights group complained about the treatment of chickens at an egg farm run by a Roman Catholic abbey...

TIbetan Monk Sets Self Ablaze

AP | Posted 12.26.2011 | World

BEIJING — A British human rights group says another Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in a protest against Chinese rule over the Him...

Aging Gracefully: Japan's Self-Mummified Monks

Atlas Obscura | Posted 12.23.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Not all monks who attempted self-mummification were successful. When the tombs were finally opened, some bodies were found to have rotted. These monks were resealed in their tombs.

Living The Monk's Life In The Real World

John Backman | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
John Backman

In our post-religious, commitment-optional society, in which "do whatever works for you" is often cited as the cardinal virtue, why would anyone commit to a prescribed set of rules -- especially rules that date back to the Middle Ages?

When Cats Pray: How Our Feline Friends Uplift The World

Pamela Gerloff | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Gerloff

As I paused to experience the stillness in which Miss Kitty was immersed, an image entered my mind -- an image of a global feline force that daily nourishes and sustains us all.

Monk Arrested For Trying To Board Plane With Nun's Remains

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

File this under the totally bizarre: A Cypriot monk and two accomplices attempted to board a plane at the Athens airport on Monday with remains of a n...

The Artist And Monk Are One

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Basic to art are the very qualities demanded of the monk: single-mindedness, beauty, immersion, praise and creativity. The merger of one with the other makes for great art; the meaning of one for the other makes for great soul.

Japanese Buddhist Monks Turn To Hip Hop (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CNN has a great report on the lengths Japanese Buddhist monks are going to attract new followers as temples close across the country. "Forget the chan...

The Thomas Merton Book 'They' Don't Want You to Read

Mark Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Shaw

Every author risks unfavorable review when he or she writes a book. Hemingway received poor reviews and contemporary writers have also not been immune to such undesirable reception.