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January 20, 2016
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

When suddenly one day one of your loved ones dies and you don’t know what to do to help, you’ll feel so confused, so lost. Recently a Buddhist student of mine told me that this is what happened to her when her father died unexpectedly. This made me think that knowing how to help others at the time of death is such...

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When suddenly one day one of your loved ones dies and you don’t know what to do to...

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January 13, 2016
by Brad Warner

Excerpt from Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner.

Sometimes the truth hurts.And sometimes it feels real good. —Henry Rollins

Nothing is sacred. Doubt—in everything—is absolutely essential. Everything, no matter how great, how fundamental, how...

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January 6, 2016
by Ajahn Brahm

Excerpt from Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm.

In this section, I’m going to introduce you in detail to the first part of kindfulness, present-moment awareness and breath meditation.

This kind of meditation unfolds in stages. You may wish to go briskly through the practices described in this little book...

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Excerpt from Kindfulness by...

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December 31, 2015
by C. W. Huntington, Jr.

“Excuse me, Anantacharya-ji.”

“Yes? Please speak up.” He raised both bare feet off the floor and tucked  them in under the folds of his dhoti.

“I was taught—maybe I simply assumed—that Indian philosophers wrote in verse to make it easier to memorize the texts. Is that so?”

He studied my face. “And why we...

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“Excuse me, Anantacharya-ji.”

“Yes? Please speak up.” He raised both bare feet off the...

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December 11, 2015
by Gerry Stribling

In meditation, we watch ourselves breathe.

In real life, sometimes we’re compelled to watch others breathe (sleeping lovers and sick children come to mind). I like to tell people about when I lived at an elephant bath in Sri Lanka—and found it mesmerizing to watch elephants lie utterly still on their sides in shallow...

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In meditation, we watch ourselves breathe.

In real life, sometimes we’re compelled to...

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December 2, 2015
by Deborah Schoeberlein David

For many of us, there comes a time when we realize, viscerally and profoundly, that living a spiritual practice is what really matters, but paradoxically, that moment comes from training.

For me, the epiphany came when my father passed away this past summer. Although his health had been fragile for some time, I hadn’t...

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For many of us, there comes a time when we realize, viscerally and profoundly, that living a...

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