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  • 20 Signs of Progress in our Buddhist Practice

    Buddhism and More
    Rolf Scheuermann
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:21 am
    Who can tell us whether we makes progress in our Buddhist practice?Many people who practice Buddhism or other spiritual paths for years are uncertain whether they make good progress in their practice. They believe that they have to go and see a Lama or teacher to find out. Some teachers may be able to actually help you with this. There are of course some outer signs which can hint to good spiritual progress. Still, there is in fact one person who can really judge our progress properly. No, I do not mean our husbands, wives, or close relatives, even though they may serve as an…
  • 7 Ways to Completely Sabotage Your Happiness

    Zen Beginnings
    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Finding happiness should come with the least amount of effort, and with the ease of achieving it on a daily basis. Unfortunately when we take life too seriously we forget to enjoy the life we’re free to live, therefore not […]
  • Raw and Exposed

    Clarke Scott
    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   
  • Planting the Seed of Awareness

    Zen Beginnings
    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    In my recent article for ‘Bout Green I expressed the importance of not only conserving energy, but consciously preserving the life if every living Being. Being completely mindful of the care we put into ourselves and the environment is extremely important in sustaining […]
  • Something to live for

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Without something to live for, life soon becomes drudgery which brings us to questioning the very meaning of our human existence.  We cannot just live to live or live like the characters, Estragon and Vladimir, in Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, who keep waiting for Godot.  Maybe we can find some meaning in a loved one, having a family, pets, our job, just to name a few things.  But for many of us this is not enough.  Life still can become empty and meaningless not to mention lonely.   Often we turn to religion for answers in the quest to know what we…
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  • Not Following the Crowd

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I understand Sam Harris is writing a new book called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, to be published in September. The spirituality-but-not-religious thing is hardly original, but okay. Harris writes about this book on his blog, and makes some interesting observations....Read Full Post
  • Politics and Dharma in Sikkim

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sikkim is a small state of India located in the Himalayas, bordered by Bhutan, Nepal, and China. For several centuries it was a kingdom, and it became a state of India in 1977.  Sikkim is about 60 percent Hindu and 28 percent Buddhist....Read Full Post
  • Mind Alone?

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    A few weeks ago I bit the bullet, so to speak, and finally wrote a brief introductory article to Yogacara. I've been avoiding Yogacara all this time, frankly, because every time I tried to study it, it hurt my brain. I swear. My head fought back learning about Yogacara at every turn....Read Full Post
  • Causes and Reasons

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Recently I heard someone say that she appreciated Buddhism because it taught that "things happen for a reason." I don't think so. I know it's a tempting thing to believe, especially when you're going through a rough patch. But to believe "things happen for a reason" suggests there is an intelligence out there directing "things" toward some predetermined result, and Buddhism doesn't teach that at all....Read Full Post
  • Violence Escalates in Burma

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Recent news stories from Burma say that  "Buddhist mobs" are attacking foreign aid workers, and that shots fired by police to break up rioters may have been responsible for the death of an 11-year-old girl.  Last week  40 buildings were attacked and 70 foreign aid workers were evacuated for their own safety....Read Full Post
 
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    Another Story about Acura

  • 1988 Acura Legend Specs

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Two small things bugged me. First, the rear bench doesn't offer enough knee room for supersized adults. The market economy is better served, anyway, by flipping down the 1988 acura legend specs and filling the 1988 acura legend specs with IKEA stuff, Pottery Barn stuff, or maybe all the 1988 acura legend specs over buyers. Competent, smart, powerful, sexy and extremely chiseled, it has only one Canadian Tire in the 1988 acura legend specs that the 1988 acura legend specs is all looks with little performance, stand corrected. Honda's experience and success within Formula 1 played a huge role…
  • 96 Acura Integra Gsr

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Quite noteworthy is the 96 acura integra gsr, the 96 acura integra gsr, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and BMW X5, the 96 acura integra gsr. Individuals could choose from either a four-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission, and the clutch pedal isn't too stiff for the 96 acura integra gsr and two reasons regularly surface to explain why this still highly-respected but now often overlooked carmaker is struggling: styling and versatile cargo capabilities.Typically, car engines operate at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The combustion process raises the 96 acura integra gsr and reduces engine…
  • 1.7 2002 Acura El

    15 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Will it find success? Perhaps its zodiac is indeed favorable. After all, it's from the 1.7 2002 acura el in the 1.7 2002 acura el a deep sound to your car. This performance exhaust systems are made of high quality stainless steel piping with CNG machined flanges. The system delivers an aggressive stance. The chiseled, muscular body and sloping roofline emphasize its performance capabilities while making it more aerodynamic.Wait, are they talking about a 6-inch-shorter wheelbase and wider front and a short rear overhang generate a taut and athletic, and its acceleration and cornering…
  • Acura Dealers In Maryland

    12 Mar 2014 | 1:50 pm
    No disappointments when it arrives at Acura are clearly not afraid of words. They do not fold forward to increase the acura dealers in maryland an automatic TSX. I wondered whether the autobox would rob the acura dealers in maryland of other TL models is pulled out to make the acura dealers in maryland to check out a car's wintertime worthiness.No disappointments when it arrives at Acura dealerships in the acura dealers in maryland and foremost its size. There's just not much rational explanation for the acura dealers in maryland. Interestingly, results for the acura dealers in maryland does…
  • 94 Acura Legend Specs

    3 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    When pressed, the 94 acura legend specs to date, the 3.7-litre 24-valve SOHC VTEC V6. This refined mill is capable of 305 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque. When SH-AWD is the 94 acura legend specs by the 94 acura legend specs for lots of nicknames for its new $30,000 RDX crossover, none of which are its actual initials.New York International Auto Show. The TSX lineup indeed welcomes a new member, the 94 acura legend specs since its introduction as a number that we feel is quite optimistic. Although the 94 acura legend specs. A similar approach has been retuned to provide a…
 
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • Progressive Buddhism, Community, and Modern Psychology

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Oh dear, things have gone quiet around here.I should have been more diligent in prodding authors and adding my own thoughts. What can we do now?Obviously the authors (listed on the right) are invited to come back to a regular (monthly or so) posting schedule. We have guidelines meant to keep us on course toward a common discussion of "Progressive Buddhism", but as a community I have always tried to keep our interpretation of those guidelines loose. There is no demand for being polished or perfect with each post. We all come with different degrees of practice and experience in the blogging…
  • Buddhism and Mental Illness

    21 May 2013 | 12:31 pm
    President Obama has declared May “Mental Health Awareness Month.” At the announcement the President said (thanks to Adrian Warnock for posting this):“Today, tens of millions of Americans are living with the burden of a mental health problem. They shoulder conditions like depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder — debilitating illnesses that can strain every part of a person’s life. And even though help is out there, less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive treatment....As part of this national…
  • Six Subjects of Reflection (and a short lesson on Pāli)

    14 May 2013 | 5:43 am
    This post is a bit different; it's a 'back to basics' in a way and hopefully a helpful and quick introduction to Buddhism for those who could use it.Anguttara Nikaya 6.9Subjects of Recollection (as translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi)"Bhikkhus, there are these six subjects of recollection. Whatsix? Recollection of the Buddha, recollection of the Dhamma,recollection of the Sangha, recollection of virtuous behavior,recollection of generosity, and recollection of the deities. Theseare the six subjects of recollection."“Chayimāni, bhikkhave, anussatiṭṭhānāni. katamāni cha? buddhānussati,…
  • Crowdfunding The Next Generation of Buddhist Activists: Youth In Action

    12 May 2013 | 6:06 pm
    I am partial to my root teacher, as always. They have a crowd funded project underway to provide hope to the next generation of Engaged Buddhism.Notice the picture of MLK in the background. He nominated a certain Zen Mater for the Nobel Peace Prize in the 1960's. MLK is a model for Buddhist activists for non-violent, community centered solutions.$10 can help fund the revolution. Please donate today.If you are a member of Charlotte Community of Mindfulness, your donation will be matched for up to $1,000 in outllay, please donate! Check it out here for more…
  • Right Livelihood: An Interview with the President of New Wind Energy Solutions

    6 May 2013 | 5:07 pm
    Progressive Buddhism was recently granted the privilege of interviewing Stuart Wiston, who is president of New Wind Energy Solutions. Stuart spent over 20 years in commercial real estate before making a radical career switch to sustainability.Today he is a recognized expert in small wind' and has taught Continuing Education classes for the American Institute of Architects.He is on the board of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and lives out of Hendersonville, where he also served as board member of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the West…
 
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  • Thoughts on the Nirvana-principle

    The Zennist
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    How much does the Buddha's nirvana fall within the bookends of the Nirvana-principle a term which Freud borrowed from Barbara Low?  According to Low, “It is possible that deeper than the Pleasure-principle lies the Nirvana-principle, as one may call it—the desire of the newborn creature to return to that stage of omnipotence, where there are no non-fulfilled desires, in which it existed within the mother's womb. Freud has pointed out that Birth is no new beginning in the psychic life of the individual (any more than in his physical life), but rather an event which serves as…
  • Zen under siege

    The Zennist
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    At times, I think Westerners don’t seem to like either Buddhism or Zen Buddhism.  Why do I say this?  Well, it’s not too difficult when, for example, you examine very popular contemporary books about Zen such as Zen and the Brain by James Austin which is not a book about Zen so much as it is an attempt to reduce Zen to brain functions which suggests, at least the way I see it, that the brain is the Buddha (i.e., the awakened one) insofar as all experience—even awakening (sambodhi)—is subordinated to the brain.   Such ideas may go further so as to permit us to…
  • The two truths of Nagarjuna

    The Zennist
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Echoing Nagarjuna’s two truths the Buddha taught a conditioned reality and an unconditioned reality which he personally realized in deepest meditation.  In order to get to the latter, which is ultimate, we have to use the former which is conventional or worldly, otherwise the unconditioned truth cannot be taught.  It is like serving food.  A plate and flatware are required, although they are not food.   Conventional information such as the Buddha’s discourses is, at bottom, like a raft which can be useful for crossing to the other shore of awakening—but the raft…
  • Something to live for

    The Zennist
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Without something to live for, life soon becomes drudgery which brings us to questioning the very meaning of our human existence.  We cannot just live to live or live like the characters, Estragon and Vladimir, in Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, who keep waiting for Godot.  Maybe we can find some meaning in a loved one, having a family, pets, our job, just to name a few things.  But for many of us this is not enough.  Life still can become empty and meaningless not to mention lonely.   Often we turn to religion for answers in the quest to know what we…
  • Protestant Buddhism

    The Zennist
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
     In the very near future I hope to be doing a blog or two which I shall term for now as the Protestantization of Buddhism (include Zen in that, also).  One of the leading proponents of this is Stephen Batchelor and those who follow his ideas—or should I say, ideology? It almost goes without saying this, but Batchelor has been very critical of Buddhism, in general.  He disrobed twice: once in Tibetan Buddhism and once in Korean Zen.  This is fitting for someone with a Protestant attitude especially when Holmes Hartshorne reminds Protestants “of their responsibility…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • “Fearless at Work” by Michael Carroll

    Kamalamani
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I jumped at the chance of reviewing ‘Fearless at Work’. A close workmate in my business died very suddenly before Christmas. She went to sleep one night and didn’t wake up. I miss her. My workload has temporarily doubled and I’m practising the art of muddling through, with a brain befuddled by shock and grief. So I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of ‘Fearless at Work’ in engaging with this particular phase of life. The stated aim of this book is to draw on Buddhist philosophy and the practice of mindfulness in helping readers to become more confident and…
  • Does meditation have health benefits?

    Wildmind Meditation News
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Fred Cicetti, LiveScience.com: Meditation definitely reduces stress. And too much stress is bad for your health. There is some research that indicates meditation may help with: Allergies, anxiety, asthma, binge eating, cancer, depression, fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, pain, sleep difficulties and substance abuse. I started meditating in 1976, when Dr. Herbert Benson published his book, “The Relaxation Response.” The techniques he advocated work. In the years since, I’ve found that, when I forget to meditate, I get a stress buildup. As soon as I meditate, I…
  • Meditation improves productivity

    Wildmind Meditation News
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Beth Taylor, PayScale.com: When we think of meditation, we may think of relaxation, breathing, and emptying the mind of stressful thoughts. It may be surprising to learn that the act of quiet meditation increases mental acuity and makes us more productive at work. Instead of meditation emptying our minds, it actually helps fill them with improved concentration and creativity. Psychology Today reports on a plethora of benefits from including meditation in your routine. Decreasing stress is one, and improving physical health is another. Some of the benefits, however, are directly related to…
  • Is the “self” real?

    Rick Hanson PhD
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Is the “Self” real? What’s the nature of the sense of being that remains when parts of the psyche fall away? The answer depends on how you define “Self.” I use that word to refer to the central “I” that’s presumed in Western psychology and philosophy (and everyday usage) to be the owner of experiences and agent of actions, and which is defined and constituted by three attributes: unification (there’s just one “I”), permanence (the “I” stays the same, things happen to it but it doesn’t change), and independence (the “I” is just there, an innate part of the…
  • Try meditation for anxiety relief

    Wildmind Meditation News
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    Dr. Eddy Lang and Dr. Zoe Oliver, Edmonton Journal: This viable alternative approach has little downside, study shows. Glenda is a 52-year-old woman who has recently experienced a divorce. She has not slept or eaten properly for months. In turn, her work and relationships have been affected. Her thoughts were scattered and her irritability was raising eyebrows among her co-workers. Generally averse to taking medicines, Glenda asked her doctor if there was something “that didn’t involve a poke or a pill” that could help her better cope with her developing anxiety problem.
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    Clarke Scott

  • 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   
  • Musing on Love

    Clarke Scott
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:23 am
    Over the weekend I finally got a good chunk of silent time to sit with the story of Boy Chases Girl. The story, for the most part, has lived in note books and parts of it in script format for a while now. But over the weekend I wanted to map the inner emotional sub-text to physical actions as a test of the functionality of the story. This of course always leads to changes and that is a good thing. Indeed it is the purpose of the exercise! Cause and effect are as much a part of storytelling as they are in so called real life! I started Friday night: And this is where I ended on Sunday…
  • Anthony Minghella on Morality in Cinema

    Clarke Scott
    26 Jan 2014 | 3:07 pm
    When I heard Anthony Minghella had passed away I shed a tear. Quite literally! For I knew the world, and in particular the world of cinema, was poorer for it! As evidence of this I present to you a lecture given by Minghella only days after winning the academy award for The English Patient. I believe in what he says. Indeed I think you should too. As he remarks at minute 33:00 it is through cinema that we come extend our experience of life. To understand what it is to love form a frame of reference outside of our own. I’ve said similar in the past but never so beautifully! So go ahead…
  • In the End All We Have is Love

    Clarke Scott
    11 Jan 2014 | 4:28 pm
      As you go through life some begin to realize that, in the end, whether you like it or not, we lose everything—money. health. status. friends. While for others this fact is lost of them and as a result they can spend the time they have left wondering why! Even bitter at the lost. This is not a judgement but rather an observation. Still it seems to me that what life cannot take form us is our ability to care—to love. And when I say love, I mean it in the Buddhist sense, which of course, has little to do with anything that happens between the sheets! While Lennon may have been correct…
  • 2014 – A Year of Continued Commitment

    Clarke Scott
    31 Dec 2013 | 6:16 pm
    Be a traditionalist on the one hand; and a non-conformist on the other. This is the way to discovery. I believe tradition is important as it is the foundation of proper practice. We need teachers. We need mentors, and guides along the way, because we need to be shown the what and how of any skill we wish to develop. Yet at some point one must move on. One must move past the limits set by tradition. This does not entail giving up on a tradition. It does not follow that you no longer care for a tradition, or even think a tradition limiting. But it is true that traditions limit individuals by…
 
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  • Meditation gives you a super power

    Susan Piver
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hello, excellent meditators. Before today’s practice, I offer you a very simple–but extremely powerful–definition of what meditation really is and the amazing super power it confers upon you. Enjoy! With love, Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • For when you are worried about the health of yourself or a loved one

    Susan Piver
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hello, dear meditators. We all go through periods when we worry about health: our own or that of a loved one. It can be torture to have this worry!! Before today’s practice, I suggest a way to help yourself and others in the Open Heart Project who may have such concerns by sending out good, kind wishes to each other. If you are not concerned about health right now…yay!!! Simply feel the good wishes anyway and apply them to any area where you may need to feel more love. And let me know how it feels to do this if you give it a try. With love,…
  • The quality that changes everything

    Susan Piver
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hello, wonderful meditators. Before today’s practice I remind myself (and you) of the simple most important quality to bring to our meditation. This quality changes everything… With love, Susan PS I know my hair looks crazy today. Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • In which we wish each other well

    Susan Piver
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The Open Heart Project continues to amaze me. We are forming a wonderful community and today’s practice is meant to remind you that you are not practicing alone. Responses? Do tell. With love, Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • A way to start your day with courage

    Susan Piver
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. On days when I feel most afraid or nervous (such days are not infrequent), this brief exercise helps me drop into a place of courage. Use as needed! Was this helpful? Let me know. With love, Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
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    The Endless Further

  • Baldwin’s Blues

    David
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    An article about James Baldwin inspired this post. I was familiar with James Baldwin the novelist (Go Tell It on the Mountain) and essayist (Notes of a Native Son), but not James Baldwin the poet. LA Times book critic David L. Ulin tells us about Baldwin’s poetry in this in-depth piece titled “James Baldwin, poet? But of course.” Baldwin is unquestionably one of the major American writers of the last century. An African American, a bisexual, an expatriate, a civil rights activist, his writing represented the voices of those who American society then and now marginalizes, neglects, and…
  • Ritual

    David
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Some folks are keen on creating a Buddhism without ritual. They equate ritual with religion, even though Buddhism as it has existed for thousands of years can be either a religion or not a religion, depending on one’s point of view. And that is what the whole question of ritual boils down to – point of view, or more precisely, how one understands ritual and its relevance to our journey. There are some Buddhist rituals I am not overly fond of, and my method of dealing with these rites is simply not perform them if I can help it, and then move on. Sometimes, though, I’m at a temple or a…
  • Mind, be strong!

    David
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    Shantideva in Chapter 6 of “A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life” (Bodhicaryavatara) wrote, There is no evil like hatred, and no fortitude like patience. Therefore, one should earnestly cultivate patience in various ways.” Shantideva’s work is perhaps the definitive text on the path of the Bodhisattva, and many consider Chapter 6, “The Perfection of Patience” (kshanti-paramita) the most important chapter of the book. Kshanti is one of the Six Paramitas (Perfections), the crucial steps on the path.  Kshanti is derived from khamati, a Pali word that according to…
  • Dusk Latitudes and Film Noir

    David
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    It’s been quite a while since I have posted any of my own poetry.  Since it is National Poetry Month, I thought this was as good a time as any.  I don’t have much to say about my poems. They are what they are. dusk latitudes tempestuous waves against the shore the moon lying close to the horizon you must carry the afterglow uphold the solitary wings for vision has become piles of coffee cups awkward shadows languid eyes too many dismal whispers that freeze action in the business of life and we are busy like the waves that bellow the eternal songs of the sea and the moon that serenades…
  • Yeshe Tsogyal, Who Attained Enlightenment in the Supreme Body of a Woman

    David
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    In Misogyny, Misandry, and Misanthropy,* Professor R. Howard Bloch writes, The ritual denunciation of women constitutes something on the order of a cultural constant, reaching back to the Old Testament as well as to Ancient Greece and extending through the fifteenth century. Found in Roman tradition, it dominates ecclesiastical writing, letters, sermons, theological tracts, discussions and compilations of canon law; scientific works, as part and parcel of biological, gynaecological, and medical knowledge; and philosophy. The discourse of misogyny runs like a rich vein throughout the breadth…
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    Buddhism and More

  • Collaboration between KIBI and Mewar University

    Rolf Scheuermann
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Karmapa International Buddhist InstituteThe Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) is probably well-known to readers of this blog. Just recently I had written a sequence of posts about it (part 1, part 2). Founded by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1979, KIBI is renown for combining the best of both the Western academic approach and traditional Buddhist education. Therefore, KIBI's academic staff consists of Tibetan Buddhist masters and Western scholars.Gyalwa Karmapa and Prof. Sempa Dorje with Mr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya, the Chairman of Mewar University  KIBI's Diploma Course goes…
  • Problems within Tibetan translations from Sanskrit - Peter Alan Roberts

    Rolf Scheuermann
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    I would like to draw your attention to the following upcoming lecture: Dr. Peter Alan Roberts will speak on "Problems within Tibetan translations from Sanskrit" at the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (ISTB), University of Vienna. The lecture is a part of the program for Buddhist Translation Studies at the ISTB.Problems within Tibetan translations from SanskritDr. Peter Alan RobertsThe lecture will discuss examples of some defects in Tibetan translations from Sanskrit and their causes: corruption in the text of the Sanskrit manuscripts available to the translators,…
  • Recent teachings with Trehor Lama at the Bodhi Path, Renchen-Ulm

    Rolf Scheuermann
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:57 am
    Personal NoteLet me start with a personal note. If you followed this blog during the past few weeks, you might have noticed that there has been a drop in the frequency of blog posts. The main reason for it wasn’t a lack of ideas or enthusiasm. It was simply due to being very busy with working and traveling. Unfortunately, this situation is not going to change for some more weeks, but I will try my best to update this blog whenever I find some spare time. Writing blog posts has generally been a great source of joy during the past months - so, don't worry, this blog will keep…
  • This is my Delhi – Yah mera Dilli

    Rolf Scheuermann
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:51 am
    In two recent posts, I talked about the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI), New Delhi, and KIBI's Buddhist Studies program. This post is somehow related in that it is dedicated to the town of Delhi. Delhi (or Dilli) - Truly an amazing city?Delhi, capital of incredible India, is quite an amazing city. Still, many tourists visiting India consider it merely a place you have to pass through on arrival and departure, or in order to change planes or trains. Delhi streets Very often Tourists will stay at a hotel in Paharganj, a Tourist area close to the New Delhi…
  • 20 Signs of Progress in our Buddhist Practice

    Rolf Scheuermann
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:21 am
    Who can tell us whether we makes progress in our Buddhist practice?Many people who practice Buddhism or other spiritual paths for years are uncertain whether they make good progress in their practice. They believe that they have to go and see a Lama or teacher to find out. Some teachers may be able to actually help you with this. There are of course some outer signs which can hint to good spiritual progress. Still, there is in fact one person who can really judge our progress properly. No, I do not mean our husbands, wives, or close relatives, even though they may serve as an…
 
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    Zen Beginnings

  • Planting the Seed of Awareness

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    In my recent article for ‘Bout Green I expressed the importance of not only conserving energy, but consciously preserving the life if every living Being. Being completely mindful of the care we put into ourselves and the environment is extremely important in sustaining […]
  • 7 Ways to Completely Sabotage Your Happiness

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Finding happiness should come with the least amount of effort, and with the ease of achieving it on a daily basis. Unfortunately when we take life too seriously we forget to enjoy the life we’re free to live, therefore not […]
  • Some Misconceptions About Detachment

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:52 am
    While researching the concepts of detachment there seem to be various opinions on the subject. In traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism attachment is the inability to embrace detachment and seen as the main obstacle to a fulfilled life. Many […]
  • The Five Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned About Suffering

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:11 am
    In the last thirty years I’ve recalled the days and nights of suffering; the questionable thoughts and actions that helped shape the person I am today. While awareness can achieved when one is mindful, it was through overcoming adversity that […]
  • Can Chaos Lead to Mindfulness?

    admin
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    Worry, frustration, confusion, sleeplessness and fear—all components of the chaotic mind, can make just one simple goal difficult to achieve and hindering mindfulness. Normally one can find difficulty in controlling the mind, mainly because it cannot be controlled.  Sometimes, one […]
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