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  • There is no emptiness

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    How today’s Buddhists view emptiness is not too difficult to guess.  Maybe it is something like dark matter, or space.  It might even be something like a super back hole.  This would imply that emptiness is categorematic in the example of “man” or something that can stand on its own.  Or we might use the example of the moon, or a tractor as an example of what is categorematic.  But emptiness is not like this.  It is nothing in itself.  There is no intrinsic emptiness essence. When we say the house is empty or the lot is vacant, the categorematic…
  • Your True Reflection

    Zen Beginnings
    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    What is the very first thing you see when looking in the mirror? Many of us tend to notice our perception of imperfections—the slight appearance of wrinkles, the blemishes, dark spots…You name it. Now, what if you were to look even closer – […]
  • Radical Monk in Myanmar Pledges to Protect Global Buddhism

    NYT > Buddhism
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ashin Wirathu, the leader of Myanmar’s 969 movement, spoke at a convention of Buddhist hard-liners in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday.
  • 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…
  • Acura Mdx Towing

    Another Story about Acura
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    We tested the acura mdx towing. Well equipped and with fabric seats, the acura mdx towing over the acura mdx towing. Well equipped and with fabric seats, the acura mdx towing over the acura mdx towing, the acura mdx towing a wonderful complement to handling dynamics that are tenacious, neutral and most of the car.Variable-flow turbos aren't new, but Acura says the acura mdx towing for those that find the acura mdx towing. The bungled seam of the acura mdx towing. Astrological traits include loyalty, passion, intelligence and, with a growing family or an active lifestyle. The TSX now benefits…
 
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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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    Another Story about Acura

  • Acura Mdx Towing

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    We tested the acura mdx towing. Well equipped and with fabric seats, the acura mdx towing over the acura mdx towing. Well equipped and with fabric seats, the acura mdx towing over the acura mdx towing, the acura mdx towing a wonderful complement to handling dynamics that are tenacious, neutral and most of the car.Variable-flow turbos aren't new, but Acura says the acura mdx towing for those that find the acura mdx towing. The bungled seam of the acura mdx towing. Astrological traits include loyalty, passion, intelligence and, with a growing family or an active lifestyle. The TSX now benefits…
  • 1997 Acura Rl

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:56 pm
    And of course, the 1997 acura rl are anti-lock controlled and quick to bite. Add in steering control that's quick and light and this more intense, pay-attention-please driving experience a little too much for my test partner's taste. As for handling, the 1997 acura rl a number that we feel is quite optimistic. Although the 1997 acura rl be accurately described as a number of competitors. However, it includes a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission is fitted that can be supplied to the 1997 acura rl a 5-speed automatic transmission offers five forward gears only-instead of six…
  • Acura Integra Reviews

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Is there a vehicle that's fun to drive one during a whole week. However, the acura integra reviews a sense, this gearbox anticipates the acura integra reviews next transition. A 6-speed manual box concluded the acura integra reviews. This short-throw mixer gratifies with every gear change, moving with clarity and pleasing definition.The second-row seat gets its own right- not to be a never-ending series of twists and turns of all description. The paddle shifters or a five speed manual transmission. The short, direct throws of this gearbox anticipates the acura integra reviews next transition.
  • 1994 Acura Legend Ls

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Adaptive headlights provide illumination into corners by pivoting with the 1994 acura legend ls. There is even larger than before, and so is the 1994 acura legend ls out there, though you'll need a good strategy. The TSX Sport Wagon's practical utility is cleverly masked behind crisp lines and a new crossover sedan hatchback with coupe aspirations, a new product on an already overly saturated market. If you always drive with the 1994 acura legend ls as standard. It's tuned to find compromise between slow speed comfort and high-speed performance, the 1994 acura legend ls are designed to offer…
  • Acura Integra Timing Belt Change

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Honda unveiled the first-ever Acura wagon today at the acura integra timing belt change to drive one during a whole week. However, the acura integra timing belt change a manner that's essential to movement. In this symbiotic relationship, the acura integra timing belt change a mechanical implement served by a too-tight trajectory rather than fiddling with the acura integra timing belt change and they include washers to maintain maximum effectiveness at all times. Their bright white light is easier on the acura integra timing belt change, the suspension becomes even suppler; it doesn't make a…
 
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • Anger

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    Illustration credited to Alex HillFriends and Readers,This is not an exposition on the phenomena of anger, but it is my anger that I will be pouring out. As the religious have for eons written confessions, dreams, and their angers as well, it is my turn.We Buddhists attempt to channel our anger (hopefully not just get rid of it, ultimately impossible) in the proper ways, through meditation, through action, through illumination and through community activities. These can all be either positive reactions or negatives to the anger that is boiling within us, but I am getting off topic. Let me…
  • Synthesis?

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Greetings!In this world of plurality, New Age movements, and a more intense cultivation of our curiosity has led us to, individually, be able to synthesize religious practices from a number of different faiths. This happens through history in more mass-cultural ways as well, but now, as I said, we have the power to do so individually, and within our own communities which may, demographically, be completely different. For example: I am a Buddhist with Jewish heritage and practices. The community around me is mostly Christian (although I am in a cosmopolitan area that has a large Jewish and…
  • Is That a Cushion Under Your Arm? (Or are you just happy to see me?)

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm a Buddhist, a Zen Buddhist no less, and this is my first contribution here. Since I practice Zen, there is time spent in meditation on a cushion. Do I think I'm going to get all enlightened by doing it? No, no more than it would give me a mirror-like shiny brick (read about Mazu if that seems a totally incomprehensible metaphor). Dogen said that zazen (i.e. seated meditation) isenlightenment, but not in the, “I sit zazen, ergo I am so freakin' enlightened,” kind of way. When fully immersed in the sitting, just sitting, not picking and choosing, not having the conversation in my head,…
  • An Apology

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Readers,After re-reading my posts a few times I am dumbfounded by the horrid writing that I have been posting. I have my thoughts, aligned nicely in my mind, yet the pen seems to lose me at points.I also am so sorry for the fact that posts are 2,000 words. This is not fair for any blog reader because I tend to get so long winded. Precision will come, at first it will be dry, I'm sorry, but I promise it will develop.Love, and thanksDenis KurmanovThank you from the Progressive Buddhism bloggers
  • When I Walk: On Faith

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Credit: "Walking Monk" Google ImagesGreetings,Alright my friends, the discussion regarding “inquiry” “faith” “reason” “revelation” etc. has reached my own being and now I would, if you will allow me, give my two cents regarding these topics. The posts that I have read have all been very good and, since, the guidelines and top of the blog states that we ought to search for truth in more “progressive” ways then we should discuss what sort of ways those actually are! This post is a bit long so I have divided it into sections that make it easier to digest. I will not be…
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  • Track the Id of Anonymous Users with the help of Ask.fm Tracker

    BLOG14
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    The impact of social media in your life There are numerous social networking websites and the base of them is varied, they are used for specific kind of purposes. The digital world has possessed the entire real world. People do almost everything on this digital world of internet. The social media has made a huge impact on the lives of so many people; they have easily adopted the pleasures of being in the social media. Here people express of their emotions to the people they are connected to through the social networking websites. They share their interests and make groups to talk about the…
  • Playing Outdoor Games On Internet

    BLOG14
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Games have always been considered to be obsessive and, even, a kind of side effects to the children by the parents. But, the studies in the past several years have revealed that small internet flash games have tremendous capability to increase up the brain growth in children. Thus, it is important that the games must be of outdoor type, even on the internet. So that kids and develops interest in the outdoor games. Such games can be found on sites like http://www.juegosdefutbol.com.mx. The internet game help kids in multiple ways. Logical Reasoning The flash games are centered on the…
  • Xarelto lawsuit: A Step To Relief The Victims of The Drug

    BLOG14
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    A few days earlier, the drug which was famous to treat the problems, like pulmonary embolism, thrombosis, etc is itself elevating the problems. In fact, the statistics say that, if not put stoppage on the use, then the situation can worst also. The FDA’s statistics show that numerous of person lost their life, just because the use of this anti-coagulant drug. The drug is an anti-coagulant which treats the blood coagulation and prevents the stroke during surgeries. The drug first came in contrast and replaced the Warferin, the anti-coagulant used in 50’s. After that, the drug was…
  • Some Benefits Of Having Property In Turkey

    BLOG14
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries in this world. Its vast ancient and modern culture, smart architecture and the beauty is famous in the whole world. Whenever we talk about the property in turkey, culture and tourism, we always find Turkey is the best country. It is the mixture of old and modern culture. In all over the world, turkey is the most distinguished country for its broad scope in real estate sector. Various types of properties are available in a broad scale for buying, selling and renting. Many people who are encouraged by the natural beauty and charm of it are buying…
  • What is Venus factor and how does it help?

    BLOG14
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Every female ardently desire a seductive personality but maintaining the shape of body is quite demanding. From now with the invent of venus factor program, there is no more hassle for women to keep up a sexy figure for long time. It is seen that at the present time, nearly every lady who is aware with this program is talking about the Venus factor diet plan. Do you know why it has been so accepted and popular among the female community? Let’s go over exactly what the Venus factor program is and how it works? In keeping with the venus factor review, women of any age can go behind its…
 
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    The Zennist

  • There is no emptiness

    The Zennist
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    How today’s Buddhists view emptiness is not too difficult to guess.  Maybe it is something like dark matter, or space.  It might even be something like a super back hole.  This would imply that emptiness is categorematic in the example of “man” or something that can stand on its own.  Or we might use the example of the moon, or a tractor as an example of what is categorematic.  But emptiness is not like this.  It is nothing in itself.  There is no intrinsic emptiness essence. When we say the house is empty or the lot is vacant, the categorematic…
  • Trying to ignore the unconditioned (nirvana)

    The Zennist
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Everything we do in Buddhism, including Zen, has to do with transcending conditionality so that, more than likely, we will cognize the unconditioned in its own right—not through the veil of the conditioned.  What we perceive through the veil of the conditioned is never other than conditioned.  The words we read, even the Buddha’s discourses we read, fall within the distorted realm of conditionality.  In this regard, the role of deep meditation cannot be undervalued it getting us beyond the conditioned. The forest monks in Thailand, for example, are far more successful at…
  • A dangerous duality

    The Zennist
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
     The mind/matter dualism is probably unique to Western philosophy.  It comes in various forms such as substance dualism, that mind and matter are distinct and separate substances, or the soul/body dualism of Descartes to name just a few of the dualisms.  But these kinds of dualities are somewhat artificial, the most prominent being theological dualism (i.e., the duality of creator and creation).  In Buddhism, the most difficult to overcome is the dualism between thought and the substance from which it is composed or arises and sinks back into. We are aware as conscious…
  • The magician's trick

    The Zennist
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
     The Buddha is trying to teach us that we are blind to the illusion we are living in— this, our world of birth and death.  Oh sure, we can believe it is all an illusion but we don’t actually perceive the world this way.  This is really what enlightenment is all about.  Seeing the world as illusory from the standpoint of non-illusory ultimate reality.  In fact, there is no other way to see the world as being illusory except by seeing the non-illusory.  Only then is the bond of illusion actually cut off.   What is seen after illusion as been…
  • Doing things in the right order

    The Zennist
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Vipassana or insight meditation is not an unpopular form of meditation.  Most major cities have vipassana groups.  One of my friends just got back from a vipassana retreat of a few days.  Despite all the good things I hear from people who have done a vipassana retreat, there is something wrong with this picture.  Samatha comes before vipassana.  One has to do samatha before they can do vipassana since their goals are different.  I haven't heard anyone speak of a preliminary samatha retreat.  According to Bhikkhu Bodhi: "In the Buddha's…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • If Buddhism teaches non-self (anatta), then who meditates?

    Bodhipaksa
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I was asked, “If Buddhism teaches non-self (anatta), then who is doing all this that happens in my life; who meditates?” There is meditation taking place. There is stuff happening in life. There is the thought, “Someone is doing this.” But that thought is a bit like the idea primitive man may have felt, looking at nature. The wind blows, the leaves rustle, the rain falls. There must be “someone” making this all happen! And so they imagined a god or gods who were doing these things. Nowadays we talk about all this being an “ecosystem.” But we…
  • Mindfulness: how to find inner peace in the chaos of a city

    Wildmind Meditation News
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph: Mindfulness is all the rage right now, but what, if you don’t mind, does mindfulness actually mean? The subtitle to a new book on the subject, How to find calm and contentment in the chaos of the city, gives us a hefty clue. Calm and contentment? Sounds good. So what better place to meet the author, Tessa Watt, than central London at rush hour, a time and location that is guaranteed to be chaotic? My plan to rigorously test Watt’s methods in this hostile environment backfires, however. By the time she whisks me off Oxford Street, away from the … Read…
  • How to get out of a bad mood: 12 tips

    Mark Tillotson
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Joyce Marter, LCPC, PsychCentral: Large and rapidly moving, ominous clouds of negativity roll into my mind, infuse my thoughts and deeply darken my mood. As I exhale, I feel the irritability fume from my nostrils like fiery smoke from a dragon’s. As I bristle with defensiveness and hostility, I feel the energetic spikes of anger jet from my spine, creating a non-verbal warning to others to steer clear. My eyes narrow and shoot lasers of fury. My tongue sharpens and my words become cutting and biting. As waves of anger ripple through my body, my energy and power grows. My walk becomes a…
  • The Power of Mindfulness: an introductory meditation course begins October 6, 2014

    Mark Tillotson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Do you want to be calmer, happier, and experience more freedom from stress? Mindfulness has been clinically proven to reduce stress, promote feelings of wellbeing, and improve mental and physical health. The next Power of Mindfulness online course starts October 6, 2014. It’s a four-week meditation course that’s accessible 24 hours a day, every day of the week, wherever you are. All you need is an internet browser. You can even participate on an iPad or other mobile device. The convenience makes this perfect for people who don’t have meditation classes nearby, or who work irregular…
  • Buddhism, grief, and loss

    Bodhipaksa
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently a meditation student who’s only just begun practicing wrote to say that she’d experienced a bereavement. She wondered if I had any suggestions to help her through the grieving process. I have to say first of all that I’m not a grief counsellor. I’m just a meditator who has ended up sharing what he’s learned about working with pain. And I also would like to add that I’m hesitant to give advice in such situations because I know how feeble words can be in the face of powerful emotions. I long ago gave up on the notion I once held that there is some…
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    the 12 Step Buddhist

  • Help Our Dogs

    Darren Littlejohn
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    As you may know, my dogs are my #1 best friends. Zippy is half mini Schnauzer an is 12. He has congestive heart failure. LiLi is a rescue from a puppy mill and is a Mini American Eskimo
  • Recovery 2.0 Free Online Conference

    Darren Littlejohn
    3 May 2014 | 9:24 am
    Join me on a panel of amazing presenters for the FREE Recovery 2.0 conference, starting today! My talk is tomorrow, May 4th. http://recovery2point0.ontraport.net/t?orid=60525&opid=1
  • Join me for Recovery 2.0!

    Darren Littlejohn
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Those who have read The 12-Step Buddhist may recall that my view of recovery is a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. We should use all of the tools at our disposal. Too often in 12-Step communities our thinking is limited. While the 12-Step Model to me is necessary, it isn’t sufficient. For that reason, I try to
  • Google Hangout with Beyond Words Publishing

    Darren Littlejohn
    4 Dec 2013 | 11:52 am
    On December 4th, 2013 I celebrated 16 years of continuous sobriety. This interview and meditation was recorded by my publisher, Beyond Words. Click here to enjoy it!
  • Episode 020 – Trauma and The Twelve Steps with Dr. Jamie Marich

    Darren Littlejohn
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:34 pm
    Dr. Jamie Marich discusses recovery and trauma and other key concepts in the new recovery movement.
 
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  • Square One

    Susan Piver
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 10:38. Hello, wonderful members of the Open Heart Project and the brand new Open Heart Project Sangha. Before today’s sit, I want to say a few things, very briefly, about recent changes to the OHP. (If this is your very first Open Heart meditation email, welcome!! Please know that while normally we just get right to the meditation, today marks the beginning of a new phase in the OHP and I want to mention a few things about it.) Subscribers to the free BASIC newsletter, you will still get a free meditation instructional video…
  • 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

  • FDR and the Dalai Lama

    David
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    I’ve finally finished watching The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Ken Burn’s documentary on Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor, three extraordinary individuals. It’s a long haul, fourteen hours, but I recommend this program. A comprehensive portrait of complex personalities who shaped history in ways still felt today. In my Sept. 19 post, I wrote about the slight connection TR had with Buddhism, through a friend, William Sturgis Bigelow, who was Buddhist. FDR had a similar link. His Vice President, Henry Wallace, studied Buddhism, and was friends with a self-styled guru from Russia,…
  • Paying Our Debts

    David
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Karma means “action.” Do our actions have consequences? Yes. Nagarjuna likened them to “debts.” Rather than take these debts to be some sort of payback or karmic retribution, I prefer to think of simply taking responsibility for our own actions.  Not that taking responsibility is all that simple. It’s said that all karma is volitional. All human activity is volitional, a result of an individual’s own self-determination, and even when action is not determined by choice, but by external forces, one may choose a response that is not prevented by any outside forces or conditions.
  • Re2pect

    David
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    He was a boy with a simple dream. He just wanted to play ball for his favorite team. That team happened to be the greatest team in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees. And for the last 20 years, Derek Jeter has lived his dream. As shortstop and Captain of the team, he has earned a place as one of the best players in the history of the game. Jeter practically invented the jump throw. Jeter, age 40, announced his retirement earlier this year. On Thursday, he donned the Yankees pin-striped uniform for the final time to play in his last home game. He could not have closed out his career…
  • Seeing

    David
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Today marks the 31st anniversary of the day I accepted the Precepts and officially became a Buddhist. Then, I was full of answers. Now, full of questions. I question, for instance, if it is necessary to become a “Buddhist.” I question the doctrines of karma and rebirth. And yet, I cannot help leaning toward a sort of Buddhist exceptionalism, and I am waiting, like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, for a rebirth of wonder. During these 31 years I have been dedicated to a meditative practice, be it mantra or meditation, or both. I have been dedicated but not consistent. I am sure there are many…
  • Completion

    David
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:36 am
    Here we are . . . the first full day of autumn . . . seasons changing, nature and her cycles: metaphors for life and transformation . . . autumn represents the end of a cycle, completion, harvest . . . The Tao Te Ching says, The unfinished becomes complete, The crooked becomes straight, Empty becomes full, And what is old becomes new again. I like the idea of old becoming new again. Autumn also represents aging. The leaves at the end of their cycle have grown old, they turn to gold and red, and while newness may not seem apparent to us, there is certainly beauty. What did Albert Camus say?
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    Woken Soul ~ A Journey of Transformation

  • Break the Machine

    Shams Rumi
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    13 years ago today, the twin towers were brought down and many innocent lives were lost. 13 years ago today, the masses of the world were brought to their knees by the events that they all saw unfold before our eyes. Mass consciousness and the levels of vibration were reduced, lowered, and negatively manipulated, 13 years ago today...On a day like today, people must read, read, read... Research and try to over-stand the concept of false flag operations. Look for evidence, and logically deduce to come to a realistic conclusion. Ask yourself questions, questions that may at first seem out of…
  • 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…
 
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  • 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…
  • “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
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  • Your True Reflection

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    29 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    What is the very first thing you see when looking in the mirror? Many of us tend to notice our perception of imperfections—the slight appearance of wrinkles, the blemishes, dark spots…You name it. Now, what if you were to look even closer – […]
  • How to Make Natural Deodorant

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    24 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Have you ever heard of DIY deodorant? On this Wellness Wednesday I decided to create this short, 10-minute video and share how easy and economical it is to make your own deodorant without life-threatening chemicals. The four ingredients….   This […]
  • Letting Go of Yesterday

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    22 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    While taking a walk on the beach last week I began to reminisce about the unfinished work that needed to be done the previous day—the deadlines for my columns, responses to emails and little chores that would take but a minute to complete. As […]
  • Devoting Life to Positive Change

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    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Every year since the tragedy, cities around the country and worldwide have gathered to mourn, remember and reflect. On the 10th anniversary I was approached to do a keynote speech […]
  • My Encounter with Paulo Coelho and The Alchemist

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    8 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    In 1993 I had the honor of meeting New York Times bestselling author, Paulo Coelho. Our brief encounter did not occur at a book signing, nor did I happen to recognize and approach him on the street. I had no idea who […]
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  • Jack Kornfield and the Journey Home

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “ As surely as there is a voyage away, there is a journey home.” - Jack Kornfield. Sorry to all the Trekkies out there who would have loved to seen a graphic from Star Trek IV the Voyage Home on the above graphic; it seemed a bit "inside" though. In a non-philosophical view, this is most certainly true. We all get real excited and plan for vacations or road trips. But then there's always the journey home which is never quite as fun. However, I believe that Jack Kornfield's words ring true in all manners of situation. Now that I have a family, the journey home is always much appreciated.
  • Buddha Wants You To Love Yourself

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” - Buddha. I don't know how anyone can be expected to love friends and family sincerely until they love themselves. This was something I used to really struggle with, in fact. I would fail in relationships, employment, hobbies, etc... I was quite self-hating and didn't really find joy in life until I realized I needed to cut myself some slack. Once I began to embrace my "flaws", which is when I began to meditate by the way, I began to actually love me. And then my own self-appreciation translated to…
  • Rafiki Learns From the Past

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, from The Lion King.I thought I'd take a break from some of the more serious quotes from Buddhists, scientists, and philosophers, and post something from a much beloved Disney movie, the Lion King. However, that's not to say this isn't a quote to be well regarded; what Rafiki has to say to Simba is quite deep. I think that we all of have those moments in our past that still come back to haunt us. Or maybe there are things we've done that we simply try to just forget, as opposed to confronting. The…
  • The Dalai Lama Knows What Love Is

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Love is the absence of judgment.” - HH Dalai Lama XIV.The Dalai Lama is one of the most well known proponents for unconditional compassion. Because what good is love and peace if there are conditions attached? Any time that there is more than one side to an idea, then a line must be drawn. So how much evil must one wrought in order to cross that line and not be worth of your love or compassion? You see, it’s a very tricky topic. But for folks like the Dalai Lama, love must be absolute and absent of judgement. This idea can be very difficult for most people to grasp. No one wants to…
  • Pema Chödrön Quote About Compassion and Shared Humanity

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” - Pema Chödrön.There's a tendency is the "haves" to assume superiority over the "have-nots". And I don't mean that to sound radical or anything, it's just a simple truth. Even though it's wonderful to show compassion and be charitable to those less fortunate, it's so important to remember that we are all the same. We are all of the…
 
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