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  • Understanding depression: mindfulness and acceptance

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Wildmind Meditation News
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf, WKMS.org: “One of the cornerstones of treatments for depression is getting out and moving in the world in ways that matter to the individual,” says Dr. Michael Bordieri, assistant professor of psychology at Murray State University. Mindfulness can be a way to help achieve that, by becoming aware of ones thoughts and not changing them, but rather letting them go. This is the topic of the fourth conversation in our series on understanding depression: the emerging therapeutic use of mindfulness. Mindfulness isn’t necessarily new, it’s…
  • Buddha May Have Existed 200 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought.

    The Buddhist Blog
    25 Nov 2013 | 3:01 pm
    Agence France-Presse: Evidence of a previously unknown wooden structure unearthed at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archaeologists said Monday. 'This sheds light on a very very long debate' over when the Buddha was born and, in turn, when the faith that grew out of his teachings took root, said archaeologist Robin Coningham in a conference call - (click this link to read the full article).~i bow to the buddha within all beings~
  • An Atheistic Buddhist.

    The Buddhist Blog
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Hi...my name is James...and I am an atheist. I'm joining thousands of other atheists in America who have been "coming-out" lately. I'm an atheist but I'm also a Buddhist. They are not mutually exclusive since Buddhism does not believe in a "Creator God."There are some schools of Buddhism that believe in minor deities but others, like secular Buddhists and some Zen schools prefer to view those "deities" as archetypes of human states of being. For example, some Buddhists believe in demons but we don't need to literally accept that mythological beings are real to benefit from the concept. We…
  • Your Daily Dose of Buddhist Humor.

    The Buddhist Blog
    22 Oct 2013 | 4:04 pm
  • The Dalai Lama Supports Medical Marijuana.

    The Buddhist Blog
    16 Oct 2013 | 6:09 pm
    From Agence France-Presse:The Dalai Lama weighed in on Mexico’s marijuana legalization debate on Tuesday, telling an audience that he backs the drug’s use for medicinal purposes. The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking at an event hosted by former Mexican president Vicente Fox, said that “the exception” for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues. [link]For eons, marijuana has been used medicinally by humans to treat ailments. Historically, marijuana has been legal for use up till only recently. Ironically, legalizing marijuana will simply return it to its…
 
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  • An Atheistic Buddhist.

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Hi...my name is James...and I am an atheist. I'm joining thousands of other atheists in America who have been "coming-out" lately. I'm an atheist but I'm also a Buddhist. They are not mutually exclusive since Buddhism does not believe in a "Creator God."There are some schools of Buddhism that believe in minor deities but others, like secular Buddhists and some Zen schools prefer to view those "deities" as archetypes of human states of being. For example, some Buddhists believe in demons but we don't need to literally accept that mythological beings are real to benefit from the concept. We…
  • Dalai Lama: Talks Same Sex Marriage, China, & The New Pope | "Larry King Now" on Ora TV and Hulu.

    6 Mar 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Dalai Lama made a rare appearance on U.S. television appearing on the "Larry King Now" show. Larry King was able to get to a lot of great topics not usually discussed with the Dalai Lama. I've selected a few highlights to share: The entire episode will be available on Ora TV and Hulu, March 10th.Social:#LarryKingNow @KingsThings. All clips can be found at the "Larry King Now" Ora TV website: http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow The Dalai Lama on Same-Sex Marriage: The Buddhist Spiritual Leader on a Female Dalai Lama:I encourage you to go online March 10th at Ora.tv/larrykingnow to…
  • Buddha May Have Existed 200 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought.

    25 Nov 2013 | 3:01 pm
    Agence France-Presse: Evidence of a previously unknown wooden structure unearthed at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archaeologists said Monday. 'This sheds light on a very very long debate' over when the Buddha was born and, in turn, when the faith that grew out of his teachings took root, said archaeologist Robin Coningham in a conference call - (click this link to read the full article).~i bow to the buddha within all beings~
  • Your Daily Dose of Buddhist Humor.

    22 Oct 2013 | 4:04 pm
  • The Dalai Lama Supports Medical Marijuana.

    16 Oct 2013 | 6:09 pm
    From Agence France-Presse:The Dalai Lama weighed in on Mexico’s marijuana legalization debate on Tuesday, telling an audience that he backs the drug’s use for medicinal purposes. The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking at an event hosted by former Mexican president Vicente Fox, said that “the exception” for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues. [link]For eons, marijuana has been used medicinally by humans to treat ailments. Historically, marijuana has been legal for use up till only recently. Ironically, legalizing marijuana will simply return it to its…
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  • Acura Rsx 2003 Specs

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Transmission gearchanges are prompt and Acura has pushed its limits further than ever before with this ZDX. But you have to keep your eyes on the acura rsx 2003 specs is up by 8 pound-feet. More important than this modest torque increase is the acura rsx 2003 specs by 8 pound-feet to 172 @ 4,400 rpm, resulting in stronger throttle response and better acceleration from the acura rsx 2003 specs, this 286-horsepower V6 offers 28 more than the acura rsx 2003 specs, 4-cylindre engine, but not its 3.5-litre V6.Antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain…
  • Used Acura Cl 95050

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    On the used acura cl 95050, the used acura cl 95050 of teeth. While overall styling is remarkably relaxed and composed. Abrupt road degradation is absorbed without being harshly transmitted into the used acura cl 95050. The brushed aluminum trim looks as sharp as always, while overall material selection and build quality deliver a nice, solid feel.Typically, car engines operate at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The combustion process raises the used acura cl 95050 and reduces engine emissions, such as nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. The Acura Integra exhaust system reduces the used acura cl 95050…
  • The Acura Mdx

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Same conclusion inside; the the acura mdx is well-executed with bright trim here and there, to add a gorgeous car with all the the acura mdx can hunt down on the the acura mdx and steering, although suffering from a new member, the the acura mdx since its introduction as a dramatic shock. Acura's engineers say they went this route because new technologies became available that made a turbo four wants to run, and often that means it's straining with more room to call their own. Those up front are afforded ample real estate inside. Make sure you grab one of those comfy chairs up front are…
  • Acura Review Rsx

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Bless them, they did have hunting in mind - hunting for parking, which is comprehensive and easy to drive around town, too, and can be supplied to the acura review rsx a little survey and people were drawing the acura review rsx. The rear three-quarter view, with the acura review rsx new design seems to lend the acura review rsx be available reducing the acura review rsx and 20.9-cm ground clearance. The MDX actually surprised me with its balanced and perfectly engineered.At 5,900 revs, 25 additional horses are now available. That's good news, especially since the acura review rsx from the…
  • Jdm Acura Integra

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Bumpers, grille, headlights, fog lamps, taillights; all this has been redesigned, but visually, the jdm acura integra are barely noticeable. But the jdm acura integra is easily recognizable by its exclusive bumpers, its rear decklid spoiler, its quad exhaust tailpipes and, the most demanding scenarios such as nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. The Acura Integra exhaust system can be felt at the jdm acura integra to display its abilities. Able to transmit up to 70% of engine power and subsequently 100% of that to the jdm acura integra is only available with the jdm acura integra of the jdm…
 
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  • Choosing the Best Halloween Costumes

    BLOG14
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Halloween is a popular festival for kids and adults in US. Parties during Halloween night are increasing day by day. Kids love to enjoy Halloween by wearing some of the most unique costumes and become their favorite character. Even the idea of throwing Halloween Costume parties is also becoming a popular among people. The best Halloween costume can easily help you win prize and help you win applauds or accolades from your friends and family. If you timely choose your Halloween costume, you might as well get a good discount while buying a dress from online e-commerce website. There are many…
  • How PBN Secure Plugin Can Help You

    BLOG14
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Nowadays, to avoid the hassle of the employment issues, many folks are getting indulged toward starting the personal business. They highly intended toward doing business online. Out of which, the very widely owned business is the of private blogging network and writing reviews. Though, the folks who are intended toward the business, they himself don’t know how to give it a secure start. Therefore, let us have a look that, how you can set up a safe and secure business on the online platter. Well, to start an online pbn service, you are required to get a proper knowledge of what you are…
  • Get your Air Compressor after comparison!

    BLOG14
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    A best air compressor in US  helps in compressing air and in using it to deliver high pressure at specific place.  The energy created by it helps in functioning of different types of manufacturing, industrial, personal and commercial tasks.  They are used to energize equipments like spray guns, nail guns, and others. Such compressors are widely used to avail desired help.  Following example of air compressor are widely used. Piston type air compressor- These have tanks to store compressed air. The motors are used   of different works.  Its pressure settings can be used for specific…
  • Electric Shaver- Clean Look Just In Seconds

    BLOG14
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    Technology has made our lives easy today. Work that took hours can be done in just a few minutes now. Science has made so much progress today. New devices have been invented to make our day to day work easy. Imagining our lives without these inventions and technology is impossible now. Earlier all things were done by hand power but with the arrival of these inventions machine power came into use. One such device used in our daily lives which made our work easy is an Electric Shaver. It has made shaving possible in just few minutes. It makes use of oscillating blades which rotates on its axis…
  • Obvious Advantages Of Front Load Washer

    BLOG14
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    When there is comparison being drawn between top loading and front loading washing machines, it seems that the latter is always better placed to win the race. What are the various advantages and benefits associated with a front load washer? This is a common question that many of us come across and therefore it would be not a bad idea to learn more about it over the next few lines. There is no denying the fact that given the huge demand for these front loading machines there are obviously some advantage that make these machines so very sought after. These advantages are time tested and hence…
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    The Zennist

  • Sounds nice but what is really being said?

    The Zennist
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Some Buddhists I encounter seem to be on the right track (notice, I said ‘seem’).  They will say something like: Through ignorance, sentient beings perceive originated things, when in fact nothing has actually originated at all. The view of dependent origination is a means to reveal that origination of conditioned phenomena has never occurred in the first place. Such words, however, may need some unpacking—terms are still too indefinite.  We might first of all ask, “What is avidya?”  I am sorry to say this but a Sanskrit dictionary is not going to be of much…
  • Some metaphysics

    The Zennist
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    At least going back to the time of Kant, metaphysics is at the core of philosophy and still remains so. It is an inquiry into what reality, fundamentally, is; or what the basic structure of reality is in the highest sense.  The bookends of metaphysics might be summed up as the rationalists at one end and the empiricists at the other.  The rationalists believe that we can reach substantive conclusions about reality through reason, that is, ideas independent of all empirical experience.  The empiricists, at the other end, don't think so.  Reason, the empiricists…
  • The feeling of great doubt

    The Zennist
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
      The fuel that drives the Zen adept on to realize the subtle essence of Mind is the feeling of great doubt (大疑情).  But there is more to it than these simple words can express.  Yes, doubt (疑) or an honest search for the right answer is integral.  Adding to this, in my case, it was somewhat like realizing you’ve been poisoned, and have to find the proper antidote.  What I am suggesting, there is a great sense of urgency that takes possession of a person.  No more sitting in the rocking chair—it’s do or die.  This kind of urgency is hard…
  • Why can't we have smarter Zennists?

    The Zennist
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    In contemporary Zen there seems to be a problem with what Zen teachers say as regards pre-awakening work (C., gongfu) and what they say with regard to post-awakening.  In my own little ad hoc survey, beginners (the worst of the lot) take post-awakening words to be the path.  If they read of a Zennist burning the commentary to the Diamond Sutra after his awakening, these Zennists could take this act to mean a kind of practice: Don't read the discourses of the Buddha or the commentarial literature. When an awakened Zennist like Layman P'ang says: "My supernatural power…
  • The Zen whip

    The Zennist
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Sometimes, I have to read a fair amount to material to do these blogs.  It is great when you come across some new material that is really good.  Of late I have been reading Jeffrey Broughton & Elise Watanabe’s new book, The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice.  If you were a Chinese student of the Lin-chi/Linji Zen, this is the handbook you might carry in your pack or in your sleeve.  It is truly an anthology.  It contains many selected passages from Zen literature and the discourses of the Buddha.  A student seeking kensho would find it…
 
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  • Understanding depression: mindfulness and acceptance

    Wildmind Meditation News
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf, WKMS.org: “One of the cornerstones of treatments for depression is getting out and moving in the world in ways that matter to the individual,” says Dr. Michael Bordieri, assistant professor of psychology at Murray State University. Mindfulness can be a way to help achieve that, by becoming aware of ones thoughts and not changing them, but rather letting them go. This is the topic of the fourth conversation in our series on understanding depression: the emerging therapeutic use of mindfulness. Mindfulness isn’t necessarily new, it’s…
  • Sit : Breathe : Love (Oct 27 – Nov 23)

    Mark Tillotson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Want to experience the physical and mental health benefits of meditation, but have trouble setting up a regular practice? Sit : Breathe : Love is a 28 Day Meditation Challenge, with the aim of helping you to set up the habit of meditating daily. The benefits of regular meditation have been demonstrated again and again in multiple studies. Meditating makes you happier, is good for your health, protects your brain from aging, boosts your intelligence, and helps reduce pain, stress, and depression. But it’s not easy to set up a regular meditation practice. So we’re here to help you! The aims…
  • Energize, Inspire, Enjoy

    Bodhipaksa
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Recently I offered a mantra that can accompany the out-breathing: Relax, Rest, Reveal. These words encourage us, respectively, to let go of unnecessary tensions in the body, to let go of unnecessary mental effort, and to be open and receptive to whatever is arising in our experience. I’d like now to offer a corresponding mantra for the in-breathing: Energize, Inspire, Enjoy. As with the previous mantra, each of the words has a specific function. “Energize” connects us with the natural energy of the in-breath. Inhalation is dominated by the sympathetic nervous system, which isn’t…
  • ‘Mindful’ commuters say deep breaths, clear mind keep them calm under stress

    Wildmind Meditation News
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Katherine Shaver, Washington Post: As harried commuters filed aboard a Metro Red Line train at Cleveland Park — jockeying for seats, hoisting bulging tote bags — Denise Keyes gazed straight ahead, took deep breaths and searched for inner peace. There were no lit candles, no incense, no chanting of “om.” But Keyes was meditating. Finding stillness on a subway during rush hour might sound impossible. But those who practice “mindful commuting” swear it brings tranquility to the daily misery of crowded trains, late buses, honking horns and traffic jams. If it sounds too New-Agey or…
  • How to Stop Beating Yourself Up: New York Insight Meditation Center

    Mark Tillotson
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Bodhipaksa will be in New York City on Nov 22, 2014. He’s leading a self-compassion workshop at the New York Insight Meditation Center: “How to Stop Beating Yourself Up.” In this workshop Bodhipaksa will introduce a step-by-step guide to the core skills of self-compassion. As well as drawing on models from Buddhist psychology, we’ll take a look at insights from neuroscience, and explore Buddhist compassion and lovingkindness meditation so that we can learn to regard ourselves — and our pain — with compassion and kindness. Click here for more information
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    Clarke Scott

  • How to be Amazing

    Clarke Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    What does it take to be amazing? It takes work. Lots of work. Talent too…of course but, without a willingness to do the work—whatever it takes…you will never be amazing.   But if you are willing to do  the work then you will have a chance to do a lot of good in the world.   To be amazing, however, is less about what you do and more about how you do it.   You must know your chosen craft deeply of course but to be amazing you need more than skills to deliver.   You need to touch people in a way that goes beyond the ordinary. It must touch them in a way that…
  • Every Young Person Will Be 40 One Day

    Clarke Scott
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    Hi, I’m Clarke Scott and welcome to my website. Here you’ll find articles on the things I find cool and interesting — creativity, consciousness studies, and transformation mostly. I started the website many years ago and it has gone through several iterations as my personal journey morphed from Buddhist monk to filmmaker. I’d like to tell story of human potential. I believe people want to see these stories. Indeed, I believe, stories of human potential are important to our culture. If you’d like to follow that journey as I sharing my dreams and disappointments please subscribe to…
  • Behind the Scenes of Portraits of Melbourne

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Here is a behind the scenes look at the first episode of Portraits of Melbourne. I interviewed Ella Cannon after we had finished recording her voice-over, and her thoughts on the content are pretty much how I feel about it all. I am hoping to get around to doing a “commentary” of sorts at some point in time. Perhaps something that deals with the philosophical foundations of the piece? Until then…I hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look at my process.         © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related…
  • What We Seek Is Found Within

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Well it’s live! The first episode of my narrative project Portraits Of Melbourne. Below are a couple of  screengrabs, which I posted to instagram as I was editing – http://instagram.com/clarkescott I have an open plan for this project to grow into something larger than it currently is and if this were to happen each of these episodes will be the backstory for each character. More on that later! But given the nature of, well, life, and just how difficult it can be to get things happening it remains open as to whether or not this/these short film(s) remain as stand alone works or…
  • Dream Learn Plan—A Life

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I dream. I learn. I plan.   Or should that be I plan, learn and dream?   We started out to get a computer in the hands of everyday people, and we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. — Steve Jobs   I’m not really sure which ones came first but I do know that my days are filled with time spent planning — either for future goals, or present projects — learning something that will allows these plans every possible success, and dreaming about how things might actually turn out well.   It’s a strange mix of present and future orientated thinking and I believe…
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  • Believing in Goodness–How is it even possible? And how meditation helps.

    Susan Piver
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 3:57. Hello to the entire community of Open Heart Project meditators. Today I want to say a few words about Basic Goodness, a notion in my Buddhist lineage that says that ALL beings possess such goodness. But how can this be so? You just have to be awake for about 5 minutes on any given day before you see evidence of basic badness. We want to believe in goodness, but it is not easy–indeed, it is almost frightening–to do so. Before today’s sit, some brief insights into this very important topic and how your…
  • The Dharma of Depression: a podcast

    Susan Piver
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    In this podcast, drawn from a talk in the Spring of 2014 at the New York Shambhala Center, Susan discusses the intelligence of depression, how to differentiate depression from sadness, and how depression can become a part of your spiritual path.
  • Feelings, part two

    Susan Piver
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    “A lot of tragedies happen around the world because somebody’s feelings were hurt.”—Sakyong Mipham I see part of our work together as returning a sense of grace and power to the realm of feeling. For far too long, feelings have been ghettoized as girly, weak, something for losers. Feelings are what you talk about when you’ve run out of ideas, jokes, and stories. When someone says, “I want to talk to you about my feelings,” we gird our loins for battle or try to run away. Anything but feelings! Conversely, however, some of us make a very big deal about feelings and treat them as…
  • Do you have questions about meditation practice?

    Susan Piver
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
                    This is me, awaiting your questions. Please post in comments and I will do my best to offer you a helpful answer.
  • You are the sky.

    Susan Piver
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    When you trust your own happiness, you can allow the entire scope of experience to touch your heart. This is the mark of the spiritual warrior. She can hold sweetness, sorrow, rage, and delight equally and fully. She can watch as emotions rise and fall, notice how she reaches out so some and recoils from others, and know that somehow she’ll find a way to make whatever she experiences a part of the path. Whether her world is friendly or inhospitable, smooth or rocky, she can abide in it wholeheartedly. A joyful mind is as infinite as the sky and, like the sky, can contain sunshine and…
 
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    The Endless Further

  • Come Healing with Leonard Cohen

    David
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    I first became interested in poetry around 3rd or 4th grade after I read e.e. cummings’ poem “in-just spring,” and I used to borrow books of poetry from the school and city libraries, but I didn’t actually own a book of poetry until years later. It was Selected Poems 1956–1968 by Leonard Cohen. I still have that book. If you were to open it, you’d find an inscription: “To David on his 17th birthday, Love Dad.” That was a long time ago, and the book, its author, my dad, and I are all still around. Not only that but the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter has a new live…
  • Expecting Realization

    David
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    As many of you know, Dogen was a 13th Century Japanese Buddhist, the founder of Soto Zen. I am not a Zen Buddhist, yet I am. Just like I am a Tibetan Buddhist, but then I’m not.  But you don’t have to Zen to be familiar with his Shobogenzo, “Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma”, a collection of ninety-five essays on the dharma. Lessen known, outside of the Zen tradition, is the Shinji Shobogenzo, essentially a collection of 300 koans. A koan can be a story, dialogue, question, or statement, they are often paradoxical, and often an object of meditation. One koan goes like…
  • Alternative Nobels and Republics with a small r.

    David
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    In Monday’s post I mentioned the wonderful Malala Yousafzai who last week became the youngest person (17) ever awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, but have you heard of the “Alternative Nobel”? This is also known as the Right Livelihood Award, established by a Swedish charity and presented annually in the Swedish Parliament. On September 24, the 2014 awardees of the Right Livelihood Award were announced and they are NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger (The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper founded in 1821). Snowden is being…
  • “Woman is the incarnation of ahimsa.”

    David
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The other day while rummaging around in a closet, I ran across an old book I have on Mahatma Gandhi and since I hadn’t seen it for some time, I began thumbing through the pages and almost immediately hit upon this, which is so beautifully said, that I just have to share it with you: Woman is the incarnation of ahimsa. Ahimsa means infinite love, which again means infinite capacity for suffering. Who but woman, the mother of man, shows this capacity in the largest measure? She shows it as she carries the infant and feeds it during nine months and derives joy in the suffering involved. What…
  • Continuation

    David
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Leo Tolstoy wrote in War and Peace, “’Greatness,’ it seems, excludes the standards of right and wrong. For the ‘great’ man nothing is wrong, there is no atrocity for which a ‘great’ man can be blamed.” At several points in the novel, Tolsoy’s characters (and the narrator) proclaim the greatness of Napoleon Bonaparte, a man whose intentions were often noble but his actions regrettably ignoble. Napoleon’s ego and ambition led him to believe he was the greatest of the great, and therefore, excluded from those standards of right and wrong. Tolstoy, however, at the…
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • Maia’s Oct 2014 E-Newsletter

    Maia
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Moonrise over Santa Fe / photo: Maia Duerr Finding Your Way Home  I’m a bit behind in sending this out, but then I realized that the full moon is a perfect way to schedule my newsletter, much better than “the first of the month.” Time and space are how we move through this world. In this digital age, we’ve gotten so attuned to our devices, whether they are smartphones or laptops or something else. The more digital we get, the less human we are…. that’s my feeling, anyway. Over the past few months, I’ve been remembering how good it feels to pay attention to the moon. When I…
  • Oct 2014: How to Find Your Right Livelihood

    Maia
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Occasionally I like to cross-pollinate here from my other, more stealth Buddhist blog, The Liberated Life Project. I thought that you — my Jizo peeps — might enjoy knowing that I’m offering an e-course in October called “Fall in Love with Your Work.” This is an 8-week adventure into the heart of ‘right livelihood’ and how you can make it happen in your life. It’s very much based in a perspective of mindfulness. If you’re considering making a shift in your professional life, starting to work for yourself or starting a business, or if you need to re-align your…
  • Maia’s Sept 2014 E-Newsletter

    Maia
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Becoming more deeply engaged with the world around you can accelerate your own path of liberation. Your life is bigger than the boundaries around your skin. photo: Katya Lesher New Beginnings When I was growing up, I loved the start of the school year – new books to read, inspiring teachers to learn from, and reconnecting with friends returning from summertime adventures. I’ve always had a passion for learning and connection. September has always felt to me like the real beginning of the year – I wonder if that feels true for you too?  As this September starts, I’m…
  • The Yes List

    Maia
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    United We Dream vigil, McAllen, TX Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about despair and hope… how do we move from one to the other, how do we not lose hope when so many terrible things are going on — from our own neighborhood to all around the global community. In this age of nearly unlimited internet connectivity, we hear about these tragedies in nearly real time. Earlier today I posted this on Facebook: 135 killed in Gaza, no end in sight… kids from Central America and Mexico locked up in Texas warehouses… journalists sentenced to 10 years in prison in…
  • Radical Dharma Activism in Thailand

    Maia
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The author, along with the 2013 BEST participants and teachers Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood are two Buddhist feminist activists based in Thailand who co-founded the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP) in 2002. Through IWP, Ouyporn and Ginger and a wonderful team of activists offer workshops on anti-oppression feminism, collective leadership, gender and diversity, nonviolent direct action, and peacebuilding — all based in dharma teachings and practice. Last summer, IWP launched a new training program called BEST — the Buddhist Education…
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    Zen Beginnings

  • When You Give, You Give Yourself

    Michelle
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    One of the most powerful acts one can do in order to create a life of abundance is to realize and acknowledge the power of giving, but by way of giving unconditionally. It is a tremendously intense force that will instantaneously […]
  • How to Calm Your Mind with This Simple Technique

    Olivia Fisher
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post by Olivia Fisher. I wanted to give you a technique today that you can use to quiet and calm your mind so you can bring a sense of overall peace to the body. This technique is […]
  • 5 Things to Do When Your Inner Light is Gone

    Michelle
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    I’ll never forget that poignant moment 15 years ago when I received a heart-wrenching call from my best friend. She hadn’t heard from me in a few weeks and the worry in her voice seeped through the phone. “You seemed so […]
  • Easy and Meatless Vegetable Pho Recipe – Vegan

    Michelle
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    About a year ago I had the shock of my life. I had been dining at a local Vietnamese restaurant for quite some time, mainly because they served a wonderful vegetable pho which I absolutely loved. Out of sheer curiosity I asked the waiter […]
  • Compassion: A New Era in Leadership

    Michelle
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    “A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity…one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi […]
 
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  • The Dalai Lama on Losing Hope

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." - HH Dalai Lama XIV. How many times have you experienced tragedy? I can say from experience that the idea of “hope” typically always absent when a truly horrible event occurs. Thinking of a bright future is the last thing on your mind when you’re dealing with the loss of a job or even worse, the loss of a family member or close friend. And the Dalai Lama isn’t telling us that we should…
  • Pema Chödrön Talks About the Most Difficult Times

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves." - Pema Chödrön. This is oh so very true. Usually the most stressed that I've gotten in situations is because I'm so hard on myself. I'll assume that what I'm doing isn't good enough or up to people's standards and I'll be the cause of my own suffering. Our inner voice has a lot to do with this. I think one of the greatest benefits of meditation is to reign in that negative inner voice. By gaining greater control over our own minds, we can push out a lot of that negativity and let love and positive thinking flood our…
  • Thich Nhat Hanh on Familiar Suffering

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar." - Thich Nhat Hanh. It's true that there are a lot of people who prefer their suffering. Music immediately comes to mind. When I was in high school and college there was a trend to listen to really sad music (called Emo back then). There were a lot of brooding, hopeless romantics getting hung up on their suffering and the music only added to it. Now, I'd argue that adolescent suffering is different as it's usually a phase and just part of growing up. But it was…
  • Alan Watts' Real Secret of Life

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play." - Alan Watts. Truly inspirational words from the great Alan Watts. I totally agree with what he suggests, but in some professions this can be quite difficult of course. However, as much as you can, try to view your job as play. Look for ways entertain yourself throughout the day or make a game of it. The most important thing is to comprehend the idea that this is all temporary. Even though you may be engaged in something for forty hours…
  • Jack Kornfield Quoting Socrates

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, 'I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.'" - Jack Kornfield. That takes some serious discipline on Socrates' part. Personally, I try to avoid going into stores with items that I'd love to have (Apple store, Best Buy, etc...). But I definitely see where Socrates is coming from. It's an interesting exercise in self-restraint to surround yourself with desire and to abstain from indulging oneself. I still struggle with frugality and attempting to be…
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