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Tuesday
Aug122014

Profile: Naropa University

The Lincoln Building, located on one of Naropa’s three campuses in Boulder, Colorado

When the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, offered its first summer program in 1974, no one expected more than a few hundred people to register. But when Barbara Dilley arrived there to teach dance, she found 1,300 people eager to listen to talks by spiritual teachers such as Chögyam Trungpa, Ram Dass, and Kobun Chino, as well as poets and artists such as Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and John Cage.

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Tuesday
Aug122014

Journeys: Putting on My Oxygen Mask

Illustration by Kim Scafuro

What is it I resist about taking care of my mother? It’s not just the actual tasks involved—it’s the whole idea. It’s giving up my own stuff to do hers; giving up my own time to be with her; continually giving up my own needs to satisfy hers.

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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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