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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 03.14.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | Food
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."

Zen After The Scandals: A Letter To A Friend

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Zen has a great deal to offer. And it needs reformation. Like everything else, Zen is a work in progress.

Zen Master Wu Bong Dead At 62

Adam Tebbe | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Adam Tebbe

Zen Master Wu Bong was the first American Zen student of the late Korean master, Seung Sahn, who founded the internation Kwan Um School of Zen organization.

Faith Of A Liberal Buddhist

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

This is an issue of some import as we have entered an era where Buddhist thought is cited for various purposes within our culture. And so, who may speak for the tradition?

How To Be Spiritual But Not Religious In A Way That Actually Helps

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

People appear to have all the old needs for some sense of certainty, for some sense of direction, but increasingly find the old ways unhelpful, or even harmful. We are at a time of crisis. And, as people sometimes notice at such moments, we are also at a time of opportunity.

Starting Over

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Starting over ain't easy. The trick, the Zen masters say, is hanging on to beginner's mind, no matter one's circumstances, experience or expertise. For in that state everything is possible.

Genki Takabayashi, Zen Teacher, Dies

Adam Tebbe | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Adam Tebbe

Genki Takabayashi, the retired Japanese-born Rinzai Zen teacher, died at his home in Victor, Montana on Monday at age 81.

Thoughts On Zen’s Sex Scandals And What Might Follow

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

What we see are a couple of actual predators, a larger number of people with bad boundaries and an even larger number of people who've been caught up in domestic issues, where sex was just a presenting issue.