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Tuesday
Nov122013

Journeys: What About My Retreat?

Illustration by Kim Scafuro

When my teacher, Karma Yeshe Wangpo, told me that he would be happy to teach a weekend retreat if I organized it, I was thrilled. At this point in my life, I had been medi- tating for just over two years. I would finally be attending my first retreat.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

What Do You See?

Ever notice how quickly you form opinions and judgments about the world around you? Next time stop and take a closer look, suggests Geoffrey Shugen Arnold. You’ll find a very different picture emerges.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Empty Splendor

To have a genuine appreciation for the world we must see it directly, says the late Traleg Rinpoche. The tantric path teaches us how to cut through our concepts and confusion so we can experience reality in its full vividness and clarity.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Forum: Karma: Fate or Freedom? 

Introduction By David Loy

Many Buddhist teachings seem quite modern in their emphasis on such things as impermanence and interde­pendence (evolution, ecology), insubstantial­ity (physics), and the deceptions of language (philosophy). Yet the same cannot be said for karma, which points to an inexorable moral law built into the cosmos. This doesn’t mean that the doctrine of karma should be dismissed or ignored, but it does encourage us to interrogate those teachings and to ask, what does karma mean for us today?

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Tuesday
Aug202013

The View from Mount Meru

In light of modern knowledge, traditional Buddhist cosmology may seem irrelevant or quaint at best. But as Ajahn Punnadhammo explains, the world system it describes contains important insights for practicing the Buddhist teachings.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Preparing to Die 

Death is a journey into the unknown, but like any journey it goes better if you’re prepared. Andrew Holecek offers meditations and teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to help you prepare for the end of life—and what comes next.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Rules to Live By

Doing the right thing doesn’t always mean following the rules, says Edward Brown. He only wishes he had known that years ago when he was deciding the fate of a young Zen student at Tassajara.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Let's Talk: What are you doing to protect your Buddhist treasures?

Ann Shaftel says there are many things we can and must do to preserve sacred Buddhist art.

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Tuesday
Aug202013

Ask the Teachers

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

Q: How does a meditator deal with episodes of major depression?

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Tuesday
Aug202013

From Folk Hero to Deity

Reviewed by Geoffrey Samuel

The Epic Of Gesar Of Ling: Gesar’s Magical Birth, Early Years And Coronation As King Translated By Robin Kornman, Sangye Khandro, and Lama Chönam

Shambhala Publications, 2013 680 pages; $120

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