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Just When You Think You're Enlightened

Buddha in Cage, Wutai Mountain, Shanxi Province, 1998 From the series The Chinese by Liu ZhengTemporary experiences such as flashes of bliss or clarity can be encouraging moments in your practice, says Andrew Holecek, but only if you know how to handle them. If you don’t, beware. They can be traps.

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Prayer Wheel by Nortse. Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection.Chinese soldiers, stir-fried scriptures, and Shrek—they’re all part of a provocative new exhibition that’s giving voice to contemporary Tibetan artists. Kay Larson reports.

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Why We Take Refuge

Shakyamuni Buddha–Jataka (detail) Tibet, 1700–1799. Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (acc.# P1996.12.6)There are two kinds of refuge, says Mingyur Rinpoche— outer and inner. We take refuge in the outer forms of enlightenment so that we may find the buddha within.
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Take a Good Hard Look

Bahiya Sutta. By Laura Chenowith.Sooner or later, everyone faces doubts about their progress on the path. But that’s a good thing, says Douglas Phillips, as long as we’re prepared to meet that doubt honestly. The Bahiya Sutta shows us how.

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