The Tantric Buddhism of the Himalayas; its best-known teacher is the Dalai Lama
  • Accepting the Unacceptable Paid Member

    Over the last century or so, death has been becoming increasingly institutionalized and removed from immediate experience. It is no longer a common experience in concrete terms. Where people used to die at home in the past, this is no longer the case, and the usual gathering of relatives and family no longer takes place spontaneously. It is no longer a communal affair, but on the contrary, it is hidden from public view, resulting in less actual contact with death and dying. Perversely, the literature on death and dying has been growing considerably, and people are actually talking about it more and more, while handling the practical fact less and less. The irony of this situation is described by Ray Anderson, a Christian theologian, in his book Theology, Death, and Dying: More »
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    From Me to We Paid Member

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    Make Me One with Everything Paid Member

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    Inter-Meditation: How to Co-Meditate with Everyone and Everything Paid Member

    What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? “Make me one with everything.” Sure, it’s a joke, but it also points to a real anxiety at the heart of modern-day Buddhism: How do I ensure that my personal commitment to practice extends beyond myself? Responding to this fear, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das offers a whole new approach to the practice, one he calls “inter-meditation.” More »
  • How to Fail Paid Member

    If there is one skill that is not stressed very much, but is really needed, it is knowing how to fail. There is a Samuel Beckett quote that goes “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” That quote is what will help you more than anything else in the next year, the next ten years, the next twenty years, for as long as you live, until you drop dead. There is a lot of emphasis on succeeding. We all want to succeed, especially if we consider success to be things working out the way we want them to. Failing is what we don't usually get a lot of preparation for. So how to fail? More »