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December 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The word meditation in the modern world often has the connotation of doing something special to calm the mind or try to achieve some altered state of consciousness. But the Sanskrit word for meditation is bhavana, which simply means “cultivation.” In fact, we are all cultivating our minds in one way or another all the time,...

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“The word meditation in the modern world often has the connotation of doing something special to...

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December 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

Today's morsel comes from The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret Instructions by Gyumed Khunsur Lobsang Jampa, a translation and commentary of The First Panchen Lama’s Easy Path (de lam). In this selection, Geshe Lobsang Jampa looks at the work's instructions for generating ...

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Today's morsel comes from The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret...

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December 20, 2013
by Lydia Anderson
Ethan Nichtern gives his tips for surviving the holidays as a Buddhist. #1: Be stubborn about your practice! See the rest of his advice at The Huffington Post. FPMT International has released their December eNews! The Endless Further examines the difference between self, person, and soul. Toni Bernhard... read more »
Ethan Nichtern gives his tips for surviving the holidays as a Buddhist. #1: Be stubborn about... read more »
December 20, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“It’s not enough just to sit down and then, with a totally mundane motivation, proceed into meditation. Rather, among the possibilities of having a virtuous, nonvirtuous, or ethically neutral motivation, it is necessary to bring forth a virtuous motivation, specifically the spirit of awakening for the sake of all sentient beings...

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“It’s not enough just to sit down and then, with a totally mundane motivation, proceed into...

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December 19, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
Lifehacker on How to Manage Holiday and Family Stress with Mindfulness Wildmind: Some of your “distractions” are not distractions. Do you get distracted during meditation practice? If so, ask yourself--distracted from what? Everything can be practice. Sweeping Zen seeks the facts behind the... read more »
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December 19, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Difficult people can teach us patience. If we are sincere about working on ourselves—decreasing our ego, anger, and other delusions, and increasing patience, love, and other positive qualities—then someone who arouses our anger is like a teacher, giving us a chance to learn that we still have a lot of work to do. Think of a time...

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“Difficult people can teach us patience. If we are sincere about working on ourselves—decreasing...

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