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The Buddha

Are You Ready for the Meditation Revolution?

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

I strolled into the sauna this morning to find a man sitting peacefully in a cross-legged position, his eyes gazing slightly downward. Just as I was settling in, a light tapping sound intruded. My sauna-mate was actually texting from a tiny mobile device nestled in the folds of the towel atop his lap.

What is the Purpose of My Life?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

And, what does "abundant life" really mean? And, what does it mean to be "awake" or to come down from a mountain, face radiant with presence?

Business Meets Mindfulness at enso/InsightLA Program

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Michael Sigman

Here's a case study you won't find at Wharton or the Harvard Business School. Sid, the wealthy CEO of a highly profitable multi-national corporatio...

Want to Be Free? Truly Free? Here's How

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Until you and I detach from all things, until we can let go of the illusion of control, we remain incarcerated, as it were, incapable of knowing the "abundant life" as Jesus called it -- which explains much of the division that is our world.

Towards An Architecture of Peace

Augusta Thomson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Augusta Thomson

I sit in the audience wishing Karzai would outline his country's path to peace. I think about the women and girls who will likely become caught in the crossfire of a conciliatory peace made to appease. I sit and picture a scene of deep peace, true peace, peace defined through stillness.

Vipassana: Makes Life Practically So Much Easier

Narkis Alon | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Narkis Alon

Once you become established in the technique, you can practice being the master of your own life -- you get to choose how to react to your body sensations. And this has a benefit not only when you are sitting calmly on the beach, but also when you are in a stressful situation.

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.

Ram Dass, Island Boy

Roger Housden | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Roger Housden

He swung into our line of vision, swiveling his wheelchair around finally to face us in his spacious living room, his back toward a large window with a vista onto the Pacific Ocean in Maui. Ram Dass was beaming, joyous.

'America Sucks!'

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those were the words written on the subway wall. Disappointment. Frustration. Fearfulness. Sums up the "state of affairs" in America, huh?

What The Buddha Might Say To Oprah

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.09.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We need the courage to trust our own insights and awakenings. Oprah is on the cutting edge of this media revolution, and she shares every step of her search, but her answers may not always be applicable for all of us.

Thai Buddhist Film Festival Seeks To Spark Faith

AP | XINYAN YU | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion

BANGKOK — Religion can be a tough sell nowadays, so instead of waiting for disciples to make their way to temple, some promoters brought 36 film...

Are We Addicted to Drama?

Peter Baksa | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Next time you are confronted with an opportunity for drama, ask what hidden rewards are there for you. Are you using this crisis as an excuse for not facing something else?

Buddha Doodle -- "Let the 'I' Die"

Molly Hahn | Posted 07.25.2012 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Remembering Who You Really Are

Linda Durnell | Posted 06.24.2012 | Home
Linda Durnell

We can choose to change our thoughts, words, actions and feelings to create the changes that will transform our lives.

The Lesson of a Leaf

Tsoknyi Rinpoche | Posted 06.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

What happens if we allow ourselves to become attuned to the simple transactions of our daily lives? What can we learn from those moments that nearly slip past our awareness?

3 Simple Lessons From The Spiritual Masters

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.28.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The day will come when you look back and see that what appeared as a puzzling jigsaw of unwanted pain and confusion has given way to the beautiful tapestry that is your life.

How To Make Every Life Situation Into A Positive One

Peter Baksa | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Peter Baksa

In every image that I have ever seen, the Buddha is smiling. Not just ha ha, but grinning from ear to ear. He is in fact laughing. He knows something that we don't.

Excavating The Heart Through Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation

Noah Levine | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Noah Levine

When I first heard the Buddhist teachings on lovingkindness, compassion and forgiveness, I was incredibly skeptical. I saw those heart qualities as undesirable and perhaps unsafe.

I Cannot Keep Silent Any Longer: An Open Letter To Pastor Terry Jones In Florida

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I abhor your actions and, as a devout follower of Jesus Christ, I am embarrassed and ashamed that you would tarnish the Christian family with actions contrary to Jesus' spirit and teachings.

The Buddha As Icon

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.26.2011 | Arts
Michael Brenner

2011-03-19-Screenshot20110319at12.30.39PM.pngThe Buddha image is the most exceptional of religious icons. Its aesthetic is unique.

What Buddha Might Say To Rush Limbaugh

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

When we get angry or hateful at Limbaugh for being so offensive, all we are doing is the same thing he is -- fanning the flame of hate. This helps no one, especially not us.

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.

Johnny Appleseed of Joy

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

I first met the author and meditation teacher James Baraz five years ago at a silent Metta ("loving kindness") retreat at the Spirit Rock Meditation C...

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.

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.