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Tuesday
May132014

OK, Here’s the Deal

Ryushin Bodhidharma. By Gomyo.

Authentic practice is always available to us, but it doesn’t come cheap. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj reminds us what’s really at stake.

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Tuesday
May132014

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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Tuesday
May132014

Forum: Is Western Psychology Redefining Buddhism?

Brand Action by Doug Fogelson

Jack Kornfield, Judy Lief, and Bodhin Kjolhede examine the influence of Western psychology on Buddhism. Introduction by Ajahn Amaro.

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Tuesday
May132014

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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Tuesday
May132014

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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Tuesday
May132014

Anonymous

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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Tuesday
May132014

Commentary: Respect the Fifth Precept

Noah Levine. By Mitchell Clute.

I came to the dharma through the suffering of addiction, something that I believe is true for many people. Having come to Buddhism through the Theravada tradition, I felt very supported in my abstinence-based recovery practice—the Buddha had been clear about the necessity of a drug-and-alcohol-free way of life. As far as I could tell, I had finally found a reliable refuge.

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Tuesday
May132014

Ask the Teachers

Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Narayan Helen Liebenson

Q: I don’t identify exclusively with any one Buddhist tradition but rather find it helpful to learn from various ones, such as Zen, Vajrayana, Theravada, and Pure Land. Sometimes I’m criticized for not focusing solely on one tradition, but I don’t see what the problem is. Why shouldn’t we make the most of this incredible opportunity to learn from the many Buddhist traditions that have come to the West? After all, I even see Buddhist teachers studying with teachers outside of their tradition.

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Tuesday
May132014

Let's Talk: Can Buddhists Come Together on Climate Change?

Bob Doppelt

Climate change will devastate the global economy, cause widespread conflict, and displace millions of people—this is how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change summarized its latest report released in March. Numerous other recent scientific studies have similarly sounded the alarm about the tremendous suffering that lies ahead if climate change is not addressed.

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Tuesday
May132014

Reviews: Milarepa, He Started Like Us

Milarepa (detail) Tibet, 1700–1799 Kagyu Lineage Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (acc.# P1999.2.1)

The Yogin and the Madman by Andrew Quintman

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