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What Do Blank Paintings Mean, Starting With Yves Klein

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

There's seemingly nothing to be seen in or on them except for one color (or white or black) and some texture, maybe.

Enlightenment Is Where You Least Expect It

Mia Hansson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mia Hansson

I also thought I'd try an experiment. Whenever I found myself miserable about cleaning, I would turn it around 180 degrees and decide to be happy doing it. To my shock, it worked immediately! I was happy because I'd decided to be happy! If only I'd discovered this simple knack 20 years ago.

Advice to a 20-Year-Old Self

Mia Hansson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mia Hansson

Don't neglect the dishes. Try to get enough sleep most nights. Smile every day. Keep your promises, even if others don't. Enjoy the little things: They add up. You will be very surprised at how deeply, earth-shatteringly not-boring moderation is.

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, Leading Zen Buddhist Teacher, Dies At 107

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a leading Zen Buddhist teacher, and founder of Mount Baldy Zen Center, died on Sunday July 27 at the age of 107, the Los Angeles T...

I'm Not Religious, But I am a Little Buddhist

Annie Battles | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Annie Battles

Meditation and Zen practice is a very personal business for my father, and while I would constantly see him meditating, I grew up unaware of the reasons why he did it.

The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

We all suffer because we imagine how wonderful the world will be when we vanquish the opposition and are finally able to achieve our political goals and enjoy the benefits of a society that lives by our values -- but this is a fantasy.

The First Noble Truth of Politics Is Frustration

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

If now and then you find yourself a bit frustrated by politics, you are not alone. Politics is inherently, profoundly, maddeningly frustrating for al...

Will Phil Jackson Bring Zen Buddhism To The NY Knicks?

Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion

Phil Jackson is one of the most famous people in basketball. He is a former NBA player and former coach of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers who lead hi...

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

Can You Taste Love?

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.22.2014 | Home
Alison Cayne

Feeding others, not only physically but also emotionally, is a key tenet in Zen philosophy. Zen monks spend a substantial amount of their day cooking because it helps them practice mindfulness, service to others, and patience.

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...

Former Monk Shares Powerful Lesson On Compassion

OWN | Posted 12.13.2013 | OWN

Jack Kornfield is considered one of the founding fathers of Buddhism in the United States. For 40 years, this former monk and best-selling author has ...

Want Happiness? Become a Practicing Stoic

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

Over the past two months I've read the works of all four great Roman Stoics -- Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Seneca and of course Marcus Aurelius -- and with their help I've come to a few realizations

Amidst the Encomiums for His Record-Setting Tenure, It Can Now Be Revealed: Jerry Brown's Only Fatal Vulnerability for Re-Election

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Amidst the plaudits for his record and his new/renewed governorship, California Republicans met over the weekend past in convention to, among other things, discuss what they will try to do next year when Brown runs for re-election, something he has not yet announced.

Two Hundred, Ninety Eight Words on the Affordable Care Act

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

I believe some basic sort of access to health care is a human right. Each society has to figure out how to provide it, and how much is enough.

When Was the Last Time You Had an 'Oh Wow!' Moment?

Dianne Harman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

There are pluses and minuses to getting older. One of the big minuses is that we tend to compare everything to something that happened in the past and completely miss the "Oh wow!" moments.

Why California Is the Hinge of America's Asia-Pacific Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region has long been in the cards as Asian economies rebuilt and rose to the fore in the decades after World War II and the ruinous Pacific War that was such a critical and yet underplayed part of it.

How Changing The Way You Think About Death Can Transform The Way You Live

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.29.2013 | Healthy Living

Woody Allen once said, "I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." And the sentiment isn't uncommon. Many of us living i...

Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other

David Loy | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Today we can see more clearly the limitations of each freedom by itself. What have I gained if I am free from external control but still at the mercy of my own greed, aggression, and delusions?

Joshua Worden: The Spontaneous, Simple Circle Is the Porthole to the Self

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

In the last few years, Joshua Worden has been fascinated with Japanese ensō paintings. Literally meaning circle, ensō is a concept in Zen Buddhism that symbolizes absolute enlightenment.

The Practice Of Just-Awareness

Lewis Richmond | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Just-awareness is so simple that it is hard for us to see it. It is not actually a thing to be seen, but a reality to be experienced. It is the deepest ease and rest of all.

Coming Out As A Buddhist

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

For someone who has never been exposed to meditation or Buddhist tenets, it can seem very weird and foreign. Whether you are talking with your religiously conservative family or a long-time friend, you can apply basic Buddhist principles to help them understand what it is you do.

Unreasonable People: Apply Here

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We all have seeds of inherent goodness that, when nurtured and turned into real commitment, can create transform the world around us. This is exactly what we saw in Shodo Spring.

Zen Confidential: Declassified

Shozan Jack Haubner | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Shozan Jack Haubner

I was working beneath the composting toilets, churning shit with a shovel, trying to turn it into food for the earth, when a voice rose up from the depths: I just have to tell people about this.

There Are Only Hands And Eyes: Zen Buddhism As Universalism

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Yunyan asked Daowu, "How does the Bodhisattva Guanyin use those many hands and eyes?" Daowu answered, "It is like someone in the middle of the night reaching behind her head for the pillow."