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Tuesday
Nov122013

Life, Frame by Frame

Much of the time, life is like watching a movie: we suspend disbelief and lose ourselves in the story. On the bodhisattva path, says Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, we see the illusory nature of these appearances, and in doing so discover a boundless compassion.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

The Insight Revolution

Determined to save Buddhism in Burma during colonial rule, Ledi Sayadaw popularized the teachings of the Abhidharma and introduced thousands of laypeople to the practice of insight meditation. As Erik Braun tells us, he set in motion a revolution in Buddhist practice still being felt around the globe.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

The Gift Goenka Gave Us

With his famed ten-day vipassana retreats, S.N. Goenka, in the lineage of Ledi Sayadaw, brought the method of insight meditation to modern-day people from all walks of life. Sharon Salzberg, one of his early American students, remembers this remarkable teacher.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein examines a key teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness, which he called the direct path to liberation.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

The Miracle of Everyday Mindfulness

When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we open to the wonders of life and allow the world to heal and nourish us.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

A Questioning Life

Toni Packer didn’t call herself a Buddhist, having left behind the traditional rituals, beliefs, and hierarchy of Zen. But she dedicated her life to exploring the path of awakening. Joan Tollifson remembers her friend and teacher, who passed away in August at the age of 86.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Back from the Brink

Jim Willems’ chronic pain and illness had become so bad he decided to take his own life. But the dharma kept him going through the darkest moments and helped him feel whole again.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Forum: The Beauty of Renunciation

Renunciation is about more than just doing without things. It’s the beautiful realization that you already have everything you need.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Commentary: I May Not Stay Here With You

By the time this article reaches you, I will have been empowered as an independent teacher in the Zen tradition through a ceremony and process called dharma transmission. While Zen has flourished in the West long enough to bear witness to the passing of pioneering teachers who have, in turn, seeded a substantial network of second- and third-generation teachers in America, my own rite of passage remains noteworthy for dubious reasons. As the second African-American woman—and only the third black person in America-ever to receive this empowerment in Soto Zen Buddhism, I am acutely aware of the conflicting viewpoints with which I hold it.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

Ask The Teachers

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

Q: I’ve been meditating every day for years, and now if I skip a day, I notice that I start to feel crazy and inhuman. It’s hard to believe that I spent so much of my life in this state before I took up my practice. Is it possible that meditation can become addictive, with withdrawal symptoms that make life harder than it would be for someone who doesn’t meditate at all?

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