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Entries tagged with “Buddhism”

A Purr for Help: How A Rescued Cat Opened My Heart

Nearly broke and pessimistic about the world, journalist Jane Ganahl heart and mind were opened by one abandoned cat.

A Zen Master's Guide to the Bible

In the fall of 1999, my family and I were traveling on board a commercial airliner out of Memphis, Tennessee, when the cabin filled with smoke and the plane suddenly dropped right …

A Zen Master's Guide to the Bible

A short introduction to the world’s first Buddhist Bible study group.

All Kinds of Attachments

We had a small group in our local sangha for our discussion last time, but a larger one when it was time for meditation, with a light and dry snow drifting down outside, which is w…

Angry Meditators

We had 17 people for for our weekly local meditation group this week, including some faces we haven’t seen for a while! We read the last section of the chapter “Lovingkindness” i…

At the Heart of Happiness

An excerpt from The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness

Beyond

Buddhist and Christian PrayersTina Turner, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula CurtiThe hauntingly beautiful opening “Alleluia” gives way to a Buddhist chant, then blends the spirit of t…

Book Review: A Fearless Heart

A Fearless HeartHow the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our LivesBy Thupten Jinpa, PhDHUDSON STREET PRESSCharles Darwin’s ideas have often been used to portray human…

Book Review: Emotional Rescue

Emotional RescueHow to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy that Empowers YouBy Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheTARCHER/PENGUIN“Emotions get their power from…

Book Review: In Search of Buddha’s Daughters

In Search of Buddha’s DaughtersA Modern Journey Down Ancient Roadsby Christine ToomeyThe ExperimentThe Buddhist nuns encountered in Christine Toomey’s In Search of Buddha’s Daughte…

Book Review: Silence

SilenceThe Power of Quiet in a World Full of NoiseBy Thich Nhat Hanh HARPERONEIn his popular writings, Thich Nhat Hanh presents Buddhist teachings in a way that anyone can int…

Book Review: Waking the Buddha

Waking the BuddhaHow the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is ChangingOur Concept of ReligionBy Clark StrandMiddleway PressThe journalist Clark Strand believ…

Breathing in the Evil and Releasing the Good

An Excerpt from Make Me One with Everything

Brilliant Moon

Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse RinpocheBy Neten Chokling, with narration by Richard Gere and Lou ReedBeautifully filmed in Tibet, India, the United States, Bhutan, and Nepal, this docu…

Buddhism and Aging

A student once asked Shunryu Suzuki, “Why do we meditate?” “So you can enjoy your old age,” the Zen master answered. Last Sunday was the four-hour block sitting at our local medit…

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

For some addicts, hitting bottom and having a spiritual awakening are the first steps along the path of recovery. That's why Alcoholics Anonymous, the oldest and largest of the twe…

Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes

Buddhism Through American Women's EyesEdited by Karma Lekshe TsomoFor Western women, Buddhism’s enticing spiritual package creates some dilemmas when it comes wrapped in an Asian c…

Buddhism without Religion?

Q&A with Jack Kornfield

Called to Act

The founder of Buddhist Global Relief, Brooklyn-born monk Bhikku Bodhi reflects on his path from inner peace to changing the world.

Chicken & Egg Meditation

Yesterday was very cold and blowing light snow, but we had 11 of us sitting together, anyway! We’re into the chapter, “Compassion,” in One Dharma. The core question that leads to l…

Close the the Ground: Fashionista as Monk

In honor of spring, I decided to buy a new pair of pants. Usually, I head for St. Vincent de Paul for gently reused clothes, partly to keep the cloth out of landfills a bit longer …

Close to the Ground: Bowing to Spring

At the end of the third week of a monthlong pilgrimage to Korea some sixteen years ago, I was completely broken. Before we began the pilgrimage, I figured that a shaved head would …

Close to the Ground: Buddhaland

She was sitting on a bench outside the grocery store where I shop. It was 8 a.m. and drizzling—typical for spring in Eugene. I watched her sip coffee out of a well-worn Starbucks c…

Close to the Ground: Even in a Brothel

When I first started out on this meditation path decades ago, I was awed by the people who would show up at the Zen Buddhist Temple for the 5:00 a.m. services and sit like mountain…

Close to the Ground: Monkey on my Mind

The cat died.That she was 17 and riddled with cancer didn’t make her passing any easier for the rest of us. We cried hard when we put her down. The vet tech was sweet. “It’s the pr…

Close to the Ground: The Secret of Abiding Joy

I’m sitting, watching Parker perform her first dance masterpiece. Its baseline is a collection of moves from her gymnastics class. She has layered on top of these most of the compo…

Close to the Ground: Two Words

When it was time to step down from my role as the guiding teacher of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple some 10 years ago, I spent a long time fussing about what my final dharma talk …

Complicated/Simple Compassion

“This compassion thing is so much more complicated than I thought,” said Mary Elizabeth as our local group continued with the chapter in One Dharma on “Compassion.” We think we’ll …

Cultivating a Gratitude Practice

In all my years of following the Buddhist path, there has been only one teaching that made me cringe. Whenever I heard it, my reaction was, “Are you kidding me?!”  Here’s the …

Dying as a Spiritual Practice: An Interview with BJ Miller

Featured Product// Learn More10 keynotes. 4 days. Join a community of thought leading caregivers and explore radical compassion and mindfulness. Sponsored by the New York Zen Cente…

Face to the Floor: How a Buddhist American woman opened her heart to Islam

 Omar stood on my doorstep, smiling and peering at me through square, outdated glasses. He placed his hand over his heart in a traditional Muslim greeting and stepped inside. …

Film Review: Paths of the Soul

Paths of the SoulZhang WangLETV PicturesChinese director Zhang Wang’s hypnotic film follows a small group of Tibetans as they make a months-long, physically grueling pilgrimage to …

Getting “Close” to Geri Larkin

In her new book, Close to the Ground, the S&H columnist and Zen practitioner explores Buddhism’s seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, effort, ease, joy, …

Growing the Mind to Heal the Brain

How an ancient Buddhist tradition offers a path to complete recovery from addiction

I Have Just Returned from 10 Days of Silence. . .

I woke up at 4:00 a.m., meditated for 11 hours, and ate my last meal of the day at 11:00 a.m.—for 10 days. Where to begin?

If You Find It Hard to Meditate…

Try the difficult path to enlightenment

Is There Still a Glass Ceiling on Enlightenment?

An Interview with Jetsunma Tenzin PalmoIt is the close of the final day of her last teaching tour before retirement, and the legendary Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, in the ma…

Learning to Bloom Where I Am Planted

How I turned from the question of what I wanted from life to what life wants from me

Loving Through Change

Non-attachment is a pretty familiar concept within the worlds of yoga and meditation. In Buddhism, the word anicca refers to the concept of impermanence, that nothing stays the sam…

Making Friends With Fear

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My Reincarnation

My ReincarnationDirected by Jennifer FoxDocumentary DVDIn English (and Italian and Tibetan with English subtitles)myreincarnationfilm.comAcclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fo…

Nirvana and Spring Peepers

The weather here in northern Michigan is amazing! Scary but amazing. We should have several feet of snow, still, but hyacinths are pushing up, trees budding and starting to leaf, p…

On the Virtue of Knowing Nothing

The very title of this blog, “Spiritual Search,” puts doubt and open-mindedness at the center of our endeavor. Think about it. If we already know the answer, why even begin th…

Open-Hearted Connection

Excerpt from Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness by Loch Kelly

Portrait of a Yogi

"A Rabbit Noticed My Condition"I was sad one day and went for a walk;I sat in a field.A rabbit noticed my condition and came near.It often does not take more than that to help at t…

Q&A: Clark Strand

Author of Waking the Buddha

Rebel Buddha

On the Road to FreedomBy Dzogchen Ponlop RinpocheWithin each of us there lives a “rebel buddha,” the powerful intelligence of our own awake mind, the one who has the ability to tel…

Reflections on Judgment

I’m too judgmental. It is a bad habit (there I go again!), one I learned from my family, where criticism far outweighed compliments. I went to a liberal arts college to learn criti…

Roshi Joan Halifax on compassion, women in Buddhism, and altruism

The founder and abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roshi Joan Halifax has been a socially active leader in Buddhism for more than 40 years—as a civil rights activis…

So, What Do Buddhists Mean By Rebirth?

We had a class in Eastern Religions from the local college our sangha yesterday. It was a treat to have these newbies to the practice get a sense of what it is to sit and to partic…

Sound, Silence, and John Cage: Four Musical and Spiritual Ideals to Live By

I’m sitting cross-legged on a downtown sidewalk. My five year-old son is in my lap and for 10 minutes the little guy is completely focused and very still; we’re watching and listen…

Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows

A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer'sby Olivia Ames HoblitzelleJust before Harrison Hoblitzelle died, his wife, Olivia, made him a promise that became a covenant between them: to …

The Bear Went Over the Mountain.

The lake-effect snow was lovely yesterday afternoon as we began a new year with our four-hour meditation. We had ten people, maybe seven at the end. We stayed long enough afterward…

The Dark Side of Forgiveness: The Goddess Tara

Tara is one of the most famous and widely beloved goddesses in Buddhism. She was formed from a single tear shed by the sage Avalokiteshvara when, just before he ascended to enlight…

The Fuel of All Things Good

A recent issue of Business Week has stuck in my mind. The cover story is “The Case for Optimism,” and it is full of inspiring stories and studies showing that optimism works. Stude…

The Secret of Future Calm

As the pace of life gets faster and faster, here’s how to avoid the shock

VIDEO: The Sound of Zen - Tassajara Mountain Retreat

On this episode of Conscious Living, we visit the nation’s oldest Zen Monastery, Tassajara, located deep in the Ventana Wilderness of California’s Los Padres Nationa…

What Good is Meditation in a Plane Crash?

An Interview with Allan Lokos

What is the Mind?—A Meditator’s Guide

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Why I'm Not A [Blank]

A couple of weeks ago during a Q&A session after a talk I gave I was asked, “Why aren’t you a Christian?” I was intrigued by the question and its corollaries: Why I’m not a Muslim,…

Why I’m a Student of Thich Nhat Hanh

I know of no spiritual teacher or person who more fully embodies peace and compassionate understanding than Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay, as he is lovingly known by his students.

Your Body Knows the Answer

An Interview with David Rome

Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out

If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…

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