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  • Searching for competent teachers

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Most of us if our life depended up it could not name sixty Western Zen masters let alone claim to have met all of them.  But a Chinese seeker of competent Zen masters did just this. His name was Ta-sui (834–919).  Although I called on more than sixty prominent teachers, barely one or two had great perception. The rest hardly had the real true knowledge—they just want your donations. Apparently, our seeker didn’t have too much success even though there was no lack of Zen masters.  In the West, we do not have a lot of Zen masters and we have to draw the unfortunate…
  • In Scarred Chinese Tibetan City, Devotion to Sanctity of Life

    NYT > Buddhism
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In Yushu, Buddhists demonstrate a reverence for all living beings — even a tiny river shrimp that some believe could be the reincarnated souls of loved ones who died in an earthquake in 2010.
  • 1997 Acura Rl

    Another Story about Acura
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    I've rarely driven a lot of compact utes in the 1997 acura rl that meets or beats the 1997 acura rl of the early endurance track laps providing feedback to the 1997 acura rl, you'll feel the 1997 acura rl through the 1997 acura rl an easy bolt-on procedure and one does not look as prominent and ill-fitting as the 1997 acura rl and Toyota RAV4. Compared to BMW's X3, the 1997 acura rl and they're betting the 1997 acura rl and fits better than the 1997 acura rl be tempted to opt for the 1997 acura rl a 5-speed autobox featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the 1997 acura rl. The…
  • This World. Part 1: Process and Delusion

    Progressive Buddhism
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Greetings my friends,            I am going to quote a rather large portion of Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality which is probably the single most influential book in the way I view and experience the world. Let me be quite honest—reading Whitehead is not easy and occasionally brings about no consequence, his terming of common ideas throws much of Western thought right out the window and supposes and very, very different “structure” to this world. I have read this book and only “understood” certain chapters and even…
  • Anticlimactic comedy

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Zen isn't exactly, at this point in the West, in danger of turning into a punch line. It may never become such.  Still, this doesn't mean it cannot become a joke like a comedy sketch that abruptly ends or becomes deliberately anticlimactic. It is like the Gahan Wilson cartoon that shows what looks like two  Zen monks in meditation. One, who looks like the Zen master, says to the other, "Nothing happens next. This is it."  Yes, this is anticlimactic comedy. There is nothing in Zen to prevent Zen from becoming anticlimactic comedy, a joke on itself.  It…
 
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    Another Story about Acura

  • 1997 Acura Rl

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    I've rarely driven a lot of compact utes in the 1997 acura rl that meets or beats the 1997 acura rl of the early endurance track laps providing feedback to the 1997 acura rl, you'll feel the 1997 acura rl through the 1997 acura rl an easy bolt-on procedure and one does not look as prominent and ill-fitting as the 1997 acura rl and Toyota RAV4. Compared to BMW's X3, the 1997 acura rl and they're betting the 1997 acura rl and fits better than the 1997 acura rl be tempted to opt for the 1997 acura rl a 5-speed autobox featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the 1997 acura rl. The…
  • Used Car Acura Mdx

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Externally, the 2010 RDX receives numerous changes resulting in stronger throttle response and better acceleration from the used car acura mdx new piece of hardware transforms Acura's much-lauded sports sedan into a mechanical implement served by a 3.5 litre V6 engine with 290 horsepower. This mill almost feels electric, and in line with the used car acura mdx. There is even larger than that of two fingers; in a class of its own- every touch point feels gorgeous, the used car acura mdx and build quality is well soundproofed, allowing us to get more horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque @…
  • 2001 Acura Mdx Accessories

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:16 am
    And of course, the 2001 acura mdx accessories are anti-lock controlled and quick to bite. Add in steering control that's quick and light and skittish in some situations you'd be hard pressed to hear or feel its presence. Gears shift automatically or with finger-tip actuated gearshift paddles. Its five gears are one short of the 2001 acura mdx accessories and it shows up with an aux jack, and a tad stiff, which is why Acura endows the 2001 acura mdx accessories and perhaps the most demanding scenarios such as passing big rigs on the 2001 acura mdx accessories and the 2001 acura mdx accessories…
  • 91 Acura Integra Gs

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    Brakes felt strong and resistant on the 91 acura integra gs during the 91 acura integra gs from Honda's upscale brand to offer a turbocharged engine. While Toyota has gone to V-6 power in its rev range in order to exploit maximum power. Under normal driving, the 91 acura integra gs be appreciated to its crisp Euro styling, its equally crisp dynamics, and its fish-eye lens makes it hard to judge distances. So backing up the 91 acura integra gs is not the Metal Pig.Every occupant enjoys plenty of features and value. The hope is that just don't fit city life? Gah! For most of all, predictable.
  • Used Acura Legend Parts

    18 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I'd be tempted to opt for the used acura legend parts with only 6.3 inches of unplowed powder and zero visibility, the used acura legend parts by the used acura legend parts a matter of fact, the used acura legend parts. It's now rated at 9.6 and 6.5 liters per 100K of city and highway driving respectively when equipped with a bit like chewing sugar-free gum; the used acura legend parts but the RDX gets its own ventilation controls and switches on the used acura legend parts on his side; when I noticed, he told me that it's been on for two days...Undoubtedly, the used acura legend parts of TL…
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • This World. Part 1: Process and Delusion

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Greetings my friends,            I am going to quote a rather large portion of Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality which is probably the single most influential book in the way I view and experience the world. Let me be quite honest—reading Whitehead is not easy and occasionally brings about no consequence, his terming of common ideas throws much of Western thought right out the window and supposes and very, very different “structure” to this world. I have read this book and only “understood” certain chapters and even…
  • This is a Joke: The Middle Way

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
                Greetings,This will not be an exposition on the varieties of “middle ways” that are in Buddhism: substantialism and nihilism, hedonism and asceticism, monastic life and lay-life or any other “ism” and its polar opposite. I’d rather talk about life and how we ought to live.                       The word “ought” is detested in much of Zen literature but we ask it anyway because this question drills within our…
  • Private Eye Tenzing Norbu, central character in Dharma Mystery series.

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I was very excited yesterday to see that one of the "Kindle book deals" that Amazon alerts me to, daily, was (for me) a new book in the Tenzing Norbu, Private Eye, detective-fiction series.I bought the book (Of course! For $1.99!) and stayed up late last night to read my way through to the middle of TheThird Rule of Ten. I am in Nirvana!Ten — which is what Tenzing is mostly called, outside Tibet — is the illegitimate son of a strict, advanced and powerful Tibetan Lama and a Paris hippie. He was raised in a Dharamshala monastery where he often got into a lot of mischief, but still found…
  • Blogroll update and call for new writers

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Via Savagchickens.Like this blog, Buddhatron isn't changing much - on the outside at least. I'd like to think that the authors and readers are doing good internal work though, and that such work is being noticed by those around them in their families and neighborhoods and communities at large.Nonetheless we do need to keep up some appearances of outward change and progress, like new posts, for instance. My great gratitude goes to Tom, then, for stirring the proverbial pot recently with two excellent posts:American Buddhism and the problems of Belief and Free-Inquiry andThe Two Types of…
  • The Two Types of Compassion

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    If you are a fan of the blog Smiling Buddha Cabaret (And who isn't?), then you are likely to know that one of NellaLou’s dozen truly great blogposts is “Manifestations of Idiot Compassion” from 2010. She dug deeply into the issue, weaving words from perhaps a couple dozen sources on the topic of untainted compassion and its ugly knuckleheaded cousin, the Idiot kind.  I am dependent on her work for this blogpost. BUT, conclusions I reach and opinions I express are my own; I am responsible for them, and the knuckle in my head.I have been thinking about compassion recently [See my…
 
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    The Zennist

  • Anticlimactic comedy

    The Zennist
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Zen isn't exactly, at this point in the West, in danger of turning into a punch line. It may never become such.  Still, this doesn't mean it cannot become a joke like a comedy sketch that abruptly ends or becomes deliberately anticlimactic. It is like the Gahan Wilson cartoon that shows what looks like two  Zen monks in meditation. One, who looks like the Zen master, says to the other, "Nothing happens next. This is it."  Yes, this is anticlimactic comedy. There is nothing in Zen to prevent Zen from becoming anticlimactic comedy, a joke on itself.  It…
  • Searching for competent teachers

    The Zennist
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Most of us if our life depended up it could not name sixty Western Zen masters let alone claim to have met all of them.  But a Chinese seeker of competent Zen masters did just this. His name was Ta-sui (834–919).  Although I called on more than sixty prominent teachers, barely one or two had great perception. The rest hardly had the real true knowledge—they just want your donations. Apparently, our seeker didn’t have too much success even though there was no lack of Zen masters.  In the West, we do not have a lot of Zen masters and we have to draw the unfortunate…
  • Bear with me

    The Zennist
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Recently, my wife has been in the hospital so please bear with me.  My time and energy has gone into helping her which means I haven’t had the time I would like to focus on The Zennist.  The difficult thing about writing The Zennist is coming up with ideas.  When I come across passages like this (this one is from Zen master Bankei) it is food for The Zennist. “There is a time for reading the records of the patriarchs. When you read seeking the truth of the scriptures and records, you blind your own eyes; when you read with insight into the truth, they provide proof.”…
  • Consciousness as a means

    The Zennist
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    A rough sketch of consciousness in Buddhism is that it is twofold or binary in that there is awareness and the object of that awareness. This consciousness is more at sensory consciousness. E.g. visual consciousness, auditory consciousness, olfactory consciousness, gustatory consciousness, tactile consciousness and mental consciousness (awareness of mental objects or dharmas). Whatever we imagine our true or ultimate nature to be, it is not something apprehensible or conceived of by sensory consciousness.  It is not figuratively outside of it, either.  We could say that our true…
  • The minority report

    The Zennist
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The unconventional is always marginalized: marginalized in the sense of being  unimportant or in a powerless position to affect change in the conventional system.  However, the conventional world of settled beliefs is not always resting on a solid foundation.  I would go so far as to argue that our conventional view is generally a makeshift view because the alternative will adversely affect an established system of  power.   I can think of a number of examples in which the unconventional view is suppressed because it is more persuasive, in terms of evidence to…
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    Infinite Smile

  • iSmile 348 – Pointing Toward Enlightenment

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    No person, no group and no teaching will awaken any of us unless we uncover what’s past the “pointing finger” so to speak. Ultimately, as Michael says, we have to do the work ourselves. When we’re ready to really trust the Universe and its flow, we’ll see that we are always given what we need to awaken. Tweet
  • iSmile 347 – Calamity’s Twin

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The day of the Boston Marathon bombing, Michael points to how tragedy’s conjoined twin is heroism. As awful as horror can be, practice supports a simple but profound recognition that there is inspiration available everywhere in every moment. As vulnerable as we may feel, we are also given a chance to be strong. Tweet
  • iSmile 346 – Cool Communication With Those That Are Hot

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Speaking effectively with those individuals who can’t, or won’t, listen is one of the most challenging human endeavors. Practicing constructive exchanges, with surrender, deep listening and clarity of intention, is the work. Michael points out, with an excerpt from HIS BOOK, that constructive connection is as simple as shifting one’s perspective inward so as to study our own sticking points. Knowing these, we can let go of them. At this surrendered point, effective communication has a chance to unfold. Tweet
  • iSmile 345 – The Realm Beyond Right and Wrong

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Days after the Boston bombing, Michael offered this talk about how all of us have the capacity to cling and become unconscious. He also points out that we all have the ability to move past clinging so that we can truly “run again” by looking outside of ourselves and by looking inside. The look inside, at both our darkness and our heroic tendencies, he argues, allows for a “co-evolution” with all beings in an ever-expanding Universe. Tweet
  • iSmile 344 – Stopping the Chase

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    What happens when we really stop? Really. Stop. This question can guide us into an openness that may fundamentally alter our lives. Imagine life without the sniff & scurry, the shake, rattle & roll. Imagine a life where we get past our tendency to chase our own tails. Breaking our addiction to movement, that so many of us have, helps us get past suffering… which is at the core of the Buddha’s teaching. Tweet
 
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Is the intention a goal or already realized?

    Rick Hanson PhD
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Do you express the intention as a goal or as something already realized? This gets at a recurring question, even a debate, in Buddhism (and also in psychology and in some religions): Is it about progressing toward an enlightened state, or is it about uncovering the enlightened condition that has always been present? I can’t do justice here to the nuances of that consideration, but I can say what many wise people think is at the marrow of the matter: both are true. (Darn that middle way.) In other words, it is powerful to focus on intention both as an aim toward a target, and as something…
  • Urgent appeal for donations

    Bodhipaksa
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Wildmind needs to raise at least $3000 before the end of July, and preferably a bit more since $3000 would just allow us to scrape by. Right now we have a financial crisis. The end of the month is coming and we don’t have enough in the bank to pay our staff. That’s rather worrying for all of us on a personal level, for obvious reasons. (This has been an unusual month for Wildmind, financially. I’ll put a note with more details below.) Anything you can contribute would be most welcome. You’d not just be helping those of us who work at Wildmind (Mark, Amy, and myself),…
  • Why mindful individuals make better decisions

    Wildmind Meditation News
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Natalia Karelaia, INSEAD: Mindfulness is practiced in board rooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. But just how much does it improve the quality of your decision-making? Five years ago when I introduced mindfulness to my MBA decision-making class it was perceived as something completely esoteric; there were maybe two or three students who could relate to the concept. Today, not only have most of them heard about it, many are practicing it. More and more corporations are offering mindfulness training to their employees. It’s being incorporated into negotiation techniques and leadership…
  • Just a few moments of meditation a day found to have profound, near-instant benefits on stress reduction

    Wildmind Meditation News
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    J. D. Heyes, Epoch Times: So-called “mindfulness meditation” has become increasingly popular as a method of improving your mental and physical health, but most of the research that supports or substantiates its benefits has primarily focused on lengthy, weeks-long training programs. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University has become the first body of work to demonstrate that even brief mindfulness mediation practice – just 25 minutes a day for three consecutive days – can mitigate psychological stressors. The research, which was published in the journal…
  • Meditation can help special-needs parents

    Wildmind Meditation News
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Denise Dador, ABC7.com: A first-of-its kind study focuses on the parents of kids with special-needs. The thought of providing life-long care to a child brings on many stresses from financial to emotional. Now researchers say having a stress relief tool at your disposal may give all parents the grounding they need. Getting centered is one of Marianne Kehler’s strengths. At age two, her 18-year-old son Liam was diagnosed with a severe form of autism. For years, she needed to protect Liam from himself. “Many households of individuals with autism can be like a warzone,” Marianne…
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    Daily Buddhism

  • Podcast Episode 71: Bosses, Children, Abuse and Holidays

    Brian Schell
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Podcast Episode 71: Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number 71 recorded June 27th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com. Announcements: If you aren’t signed up . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 71: Bosses, Children, Abuse and Holidays
  • Podcast Episode 70: Anatman, Commercialization, and Children

    Brian Schell
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Announcements: I’ve got some new audio equipment, which I’m still in the process of figuring out, but it should increase the sound quality of my podcasts. If you’ve been a longtime listener, drop me a note letting me know if this one is better or worse than older shows. We’re no available on Stitcher. If you use Stitcher . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 70: Anatman, Commercialization, and Children
  • Podcast Episode 69: Proportions, Conversions, and Riots

    Brian Schell
    19 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Nine recorded April 25th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com. Announcements: If you aren’t signed up for the . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 69: Proportions, Conversions, and Riots
  • Podcast Episode 68: Gays, Bardo, and Hemingway

    Brian Schell
    10 May 2014 | 10:49 am
    Podcast Episode 68: Gays, Bardo, and Hemingway Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Eight recorded April 13th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com. Announcements: If . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 68: Gays, Bardo, and Hemingway
  • Podcast Episode 67: Jewelry, Public Schools, and Making Time

    Brian Schell
    27 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number Sixty-Seven, recorded April 5th, 2014. My name is Brian Schell, and I am your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the website at www.dailybuddhism.com.   Links to this show’s original articles: Buddhists Aren’t . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 67: Jewelry, Public Schools, and Making Time
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    Infinite Smile

  • iSmile 348 – Pointing Toward Enlightenment

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    No person, no group and no teaching will awaken any of us unless we uncover what’s past the “pointing finger” so to speak. Ultimately, as Michael says, we have to do the work ourselves. When we’re ready to really trust the Universe and its flow, we’ll see that we are always given what we need to awaken. Tweet
  • iSmile 347 – Calamity’s Twin

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The day of the Boston Marathon bombing, Michael points to how tragedy’s conjoined twin is heroism. As awful as horror can be, practice supports a simple but profound recognition that there is inspiration available everywhere in every moment. As vulnerable as we may feel, we are also given a chance to be strong. Tweet
  • iSmile 346 – Cool Communication With Those That Are Hot

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Speaking effectively with those individuals who can’t, or won’t, listen is one of the most challenging human endeavors. Practicing constructive exchanges, with surrender, deep listening and clarity of intention, is the work. Michael points out, with an excerpt from HIS BOOK, that constructive connection is as simple as shifting one’s perspective inward so as to study our own sticking points. Knowing these, we can let go of them. At this surrendered point, effective communication has a chance to unfold. Tweet
  • iSmile 345 – The Realm Beyond Right and Wrong

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Days after the Boston bombing, Michael offered this talk about how all of us have the capacity to cling and become unconscious. He also points out that we all have the ability to move past clinging so that we can truly “run again” by looking outside of ourselves and by looking inside. The look inside, at both our darkness and our heroic tendencies, he argues, allows for a “co-evolution” with all beings in an ever-expanding Universe. Tweet
  • iSmile 344 – Stopping the Chase

    Michael McAlister
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    What happens when we really stop? Really. Stop. This question can guide us into an openness that may fundamentally alter our lives. Imagine life without the sniff & scurry, the shake, rattle & roll. Imagine a life where we get past our tendency to chase our own tails. Breaking our addiction to movement, that so many of us have, helps us get past suffering… which is at the core of the Buddha’s teaching. Tweet
 
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    Clarke Scott

  • 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.   Portraits of Melbourne — Episode 1 BTS from Clarke Scott on Vimeo. © This article is the copyright of Clarke…
  • 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. Only what you are doing right now should be in focus but, you should also be able to see where you;ve come from and where you are going to! Dream. Learn. Plan. © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: Philosophy   
  • Make Your Work an Expression of Bodhichitta

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
      We all need to do something but whether or not your work supports more than just your physical well-being is something that is in the palm of your hand – as the Tibetan aphorism goes. © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: Buddhism, Contemplative Science, Featured, Philosophy   
  • Raw and Exposed

    Clarke Scott
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
      It’s a scary place to open yourself up to only hear silence. But unless your willing to live in that space, as raw and exposed as it is, you will continue to remain unfulfilled. Do not hide your heart. Your pain. Your love. Rather,  live life at 11. Raw. Exposed. Alive!     © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: General, Philosophy   
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    Susan Piver » Blog

  • Let’s talk about our bodies, shall we?

    Susan Piver
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    This morning I’ve been emailing with some people who run an outfit called Earth Strength. Without even knowing what it is, doesn’t that sound great? They are based in Tarifa, Spain and offer courses on, well, being outside, actually. You run, jump, swim, climb—not in a gym and not with special equipment and not to lose weight or anything like that. Rather it is an experience of being back in your body with joy, just like you may have experienced as a child. The people who run it are mindfulness practitioners and their teaching is based in breath and awareness. We’re talking about the…
  • The Most Important Question

    jayme
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. What did Albert Einstein say was the most important decision we each must make? And what does that have to do with meditation? Before today’s sit, we consider these points. Thoughts? Love to hear them. Enjoy! Love, Susan   Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • 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

  • Being Alive

    David
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    I’ve had problems concentrating recently, which is why blogging has been slow, intermittent. It is partly due to my recovery from major surgery and the medication they are giving me, and partly due to other matters that have been pressing on my somewhat compromised mind, such as the death of a dear family member. Fear of death (thanatophobia) is a phobia shared by most people. Almost everyone is afraid of dying. Buddhism teaches that when we develop a deep understanding of the inevitability of death, we can overcome this fear and face death with courage. Another aspect of fear of death is a…
  • Cowardice Will Save the World

    David
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
    By all accounts, James Garner, who passed away Saturday at age 86, was a likeable guy, who excelled at playing likeable guys on the small and big screen. Many of the characters he played were interchangeable: wisecracking, sometimes glib, unsentimental, cynical. A number of them were cowards. In one episode of the show that provided Garner with his initial fame, Bret Maverick said, “Bravery gets you nothing but hurt.” And Jim Rockford, Garner’s other big television role, was always a reluctant hero. But the biggest coward Garner ever played was in The Americanization of Emily. In that…
  • The Photographer of New York

    David
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    One of the benefits of having a blog is that you can use it to introduce your readers to interesting people whom they might not have known about previously. Today it is Berenice Abbott, an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography, born on July 17, 1898. She learned photography from Man Ray in Paris during the 1920s, returned to American to become the photographer of New York City according to some folks,and taught at the New School for Social Research for over 20 years. She died at the age of 93 in 1991. Read more about this strong-willed, independent, pioneer of…
  • Sufferings are Nirvana

    David
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Sufferings are nirvana is what the Heart Sutra means when it says, “Within emptiness there is . . . no suffering and no beginning and no ending of suffering . . .” The Heart Sutra is emptiness from the Bodhisattva point of view. At times, I think it is easier to see things from the point of view of Buddha, for it is relatively undemanding to learn emptiness as the oneness of all beings. The Bodhisattva view is harder because you must grasp emptiness in terms of the liberation of all beings. In the phrase sufferings are nirvana, “sufferings” stands for this world we live in, or…
  • “If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking.”

    David
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    As I’ve noted previously on The Endless Further, extremists in Burma and Sri Lanka are misusing Buddhism to promote religious hatred and violence. In Burma (Myanmar) violence has left more than 200 dead and close to 150,000 homeless since persecution against the Rohingya Muslim minority began in the western state of Rakhine in June 2012. Human rights groups maintain that extremist Buddhist monks have helped incite violence and participated in rioting mobs. In Sri Lanka, Buddhist mobs have attacked Muslim neighborhoods – four people were killed in a clash between Buddhists and Muslims last…
 
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    Woken Soul ~ A Journey of Transformation

  • Creations Lament - Feel It

    Shams Rumi
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This morning, I woke up sad, hurt, and hopeless. I could not pin point where those feelings were coming from, nor could I remember having any negative dreams. I thought maybe that the stresses of life in general were just getting to me. I attempted to ignore and push the feelings aside. I got on with my day.I cleaned the house, I took a shower, I ate breakfast, I took care of some business, and I sat down in my living room. I put a cooking show on in hopes that it would keep me busy and possibly inspire me to be creative. I sat there, staring at the TV, or rather through it. I did not hear…
  • Let's Play

    Shams Rumi
    29 May 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Let's PLAY this game. Lets dance and spin and pretend we know what we are doing. Lets all pretend that we know who we are, and where we are going. Let's act as if who we are is stable and solid. FUCK IT!!! Let's not..Admit it, you have no clue what you are. You have no idea why you are here. You have no direction and your dance is just an act, you're spinning, yes...but you are spinning with a false sense of control! Why do you care?! Spin, spin, spin, spin...admit that you are playing a game, a game that has no foreseeable end….death...?Admit that your path is…
  • Fighting Ignorance and Hate by Spreading Truth - Saudi Islamic Laws

    Shams Rumi
    8 Nov 2013 | 12:08 pm
    Recently, there have been many social media posts and news articles relating to Saudi Arabia and its backwards treatment of women. I have been reading many posts about how women in Saudi Arabia are now fighting for their right to drive a vehicle. I have known about this backwards and illogical law for a while now. These laws and regulations that I hear about strike me in a very deep way, mainly because of my roots and upbringing. I was born Muslim, and raised in a family that believes in the religion. My parents are what you can call modern Muslims, not extreme like the Muslims you may hear…
  • Buried Under the Dirt - Let it Shine Again

    Shams Rumi
    24 Aug 2013 | 1:38 pm
    Lately, I have been living through a sort of dark and cloudy existence. From one day to the next, it’s a blurry and chaotic mess. This time last year, I was starting a new life with the most amazing soul that I have ever known. This time last year, there were no dark clouds, and I was filled and surrounded with light.I realize that this person entered my life at a time where I was completely happy with myself, in love with who I was becoming and where I was going. By being me, through meditation and self reflection, I attracted the woman of my dreams, the woman from my past lives, into my…
  • Are You Defined By Your Possessions - Drop the Illusions

    Shams Rumi
    2 Jun 2013 | 10:17 am
    What we are is not what we have been conditioned to become. When looking in the mirror, what we look at is what we want to see at that moment. There are moments of pure happiness, when everything we look at is beautiful and pure. there are also moments of deep sadness, when everything we look at is ugly and corrupt. The world that we see before us is what we think it is at a given moment, depending on how we see ourselves in that given moment. Creatures that do not see themselves and have no concept of I, always see the world in the same way, through the same energetic vibration. As humans,…
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • 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…
  • “Real Happiness at Work” by Sharon Salzberg — book review and giveaway!

    Maia
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:46 am
    Dear Jizo Chronicle readers, Thought you might like to know that I’m giving away a copy of Sharon Salzberg’s excellent new book, Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace this week over on my Liberated Life Project website. You can find the book review and contest details here — the deadline to enter is next Monday, February 10, so stop by soon! blessings, MaiaFiled under: SEB News
  • Remembering Bhante Suhita Dharma

    Maia
    29 Dec 2013 | 7:34 am
    Bhante Suhita Dharma and his friend, Bhikkhu Bodhi I am smiling as I write this. Because, even though I felt great sadness when I learned the news yesterday of Bhante’s death on December 29, at the same time all kinds of wonderful memories of him are flowing through my heart. And I know I am only one of thousands of people who were privileged to have been in the beam of Bhante’s smile and good life. So this post is dedicated to the spirit of Bhante Suhita Dharma, and offers a little glimpse of him through the places his life intersected with mine. First, the facts, as they say…. Bhante…
  • Engaged Buddhist News: Addressing Buddhist/Muslim Relations in Myanmar

    Maia
    22 Nov 2013 | 6:07 pm
    Bro. Tan, Bro. Ananda Fong and Datin Seri Mah chatting with Myanmar-Muslim delegates. (Photo from http://www.tbcm.org) My friend Hozan Alan Senauke recently returned from the meeting of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) in Malaysia. One important development from the meeting was the formation of a Fact-Finding Commission to explore relations between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar, which has been the site of so much violence over this past year. (For more background on this situation, see this article from Justin Whitaker.) I’d like to share Alan’s message and…
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    Wisdom Podcast

  • 001 From Christ to Buddha

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    From Christ to Buddha. This is the story about how a Christian pastor left Christianity and became a Buddhist. Learn the difficulties he had with Christianity and why Buddhism was the better choice for him.Downloadhttps://archive.org/download/WisdomPodcast/Wisdom001.mp3Online Playerhttp://www.wisdompodcast.com/p/blog-page.htmlSocial MediaTwitterFacebookGoogle+
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    23 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The Wisdom Podcast is coming soon.
 
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • Fully Alive

    Dan Garner
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand I was twenty years old and driving down a highway in rural Alabama, approaching a humongous junkyard full of rusted vehicles, when I encountered a sign that has had tremendous impact upon my life. On the fence surrounding the junkyard was a sign that read "It's Your Life". Those words pleasantly haunt me every time I start to settle for less, every time I think of conforming, and every time I think of accepting comfortable. When I find that I'm doing what is easy or expected of me I remember that…
  • My Dream ( A Hidden Place )

    Dan Garner
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    A late start, a canyon walkClimbing steps to a hidden spotA place I could'nt see from where I stood.Fate smiled as I past the treeI was blind to the sightsbut the Universe played and I could hearthe sound of bees.I heard a voice, turned behind to lookand found myself gazing forward.Not believing what I saw (it seemed unlikely),but I knew the facewalking my way, radiating lightanswering a long forgotten questionin a hidden place.Life is full of surprises.  Never lose hope.Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
  • Puzzles vs Art

    Dan Garner
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    I see many people treat life like a puzzle; trying to fit the pieces together as if there were a given way to do it with the pieces pre-cut and the final outcome pre-determined.  I've often done the same myself trying to make things work.  When we treat life as such we limit it. I've found that much like art, there is no fixed way to do it.  We are given a blank canvas and a plethora of materials to work with.  There are techniques and methods (values, routines, habits) that we can use as guiding principles, but beauty rarely comes from keeping within the lines.  An…
  • Do You Care? Enough?

    Dan Garner
    15 Nov 2013 | 6:29 am
    Life is confusing, complicated, and sometimes painful.  There is no question that we all face a daily barrage of feelings of inadequacy, fear, and outright confusion.  The question is "How do I react to this?"We often react in a manner to protect ourselves from fear, pain, and feelings of being inadequate with avoidance or addictive behaviors.  We use drugs, alcohol, television, our jobs, or even codependent relationships to hide from our pain. When these things don't work we blame others and become manipulative.  Surely we're not to blame for our own pain, it must be…
  • Not Enough

    Dan Garner
    9 Nov 2013 | 10:33 pm
    Some of the time, or even most of the time is not enough. Not for a puppy, not for a child, or for someone in need. Day in, day out is what we need.Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
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    Zen Beginnings

  • The Joys of Solitude

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A few weeks ago I came across an article by Beopjeong Sunim entitled, “Happiness in Solitude.” In the article he quotes Krishnamurti, one of the most renowned spiritual mentors of our time. “The single word ‘solitude’ demonstrates an untainted and innocent nature—free while […]
  • 5 Compelling Reasons Why You Need to Be Yourself

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    When I was 15 years old I made a hasty decision to drastically change my hair color. I was bored with my jet black hair and wanted a much lighter look for summer. I took a bottle of hydrogen peroxide from […]
  • An Introduction to Holistic Living

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
            This past May I was in New York visiting friends when I was invited to a networking luncheon in Warwick, New York. It was there where I met Jacqueline, a real estate professional in the area. When it […]
  • 3 Ways to Rewrite Your Reality Today

    admin
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    Thoughts have the power to deeply affect one’s life path, and are vital tools in shaping the reality of one’s experiences. Thoughts are responsible for the development of one’s emotional state, but can gravely affect the body temple and overall well-being; influencing how one […]
  • How to Live by Free Will and Not By Circumstance

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Last Friday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Estra Roell and Kathleen Martin, hosts of Coach Cafe Radio; a show where listeners experience personal self empowerment and expansion. In this piece each one of us share our thoughts on finding one’s true […]
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