Buddhism

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    Mara is tired and cranky. The demon tempter has tried everything in his power to prevent this sitting man from attaining his goal, and now he’s finally out of tricks. In a desperate last hurrah to stop Siddhartha he sputters: So you think you’re going to wake up, do you? Go on then, become a Buddha. Who cares? Who is here to vouch for your achievement? I demand to know, wise guy: who will be your witness? Siddhartha—under the Bodhi tree, who at this very moment is becoming the Buddha—says nothing. In what has got to be the best possible response to Mara’s harassment (it gives me gooseflesh!), the Buddha silently reaches down and touches the earth with his fingertips. Boom. Rivers roar, flowers bloom, and the mountains walk. The earth bears witness. More »
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: Your Heart is like a Flower Paid Member

    As the author of Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh has always been adept at making his teachings familiar for a Western audience. In this recent dharma talk, given at Dharma Cloud Temple in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh speaks in depth about “the Kingdom of God.” Rather than understanding the Kingdom as a place reached after death, Thich Nhat Hanh says that by opening our hearts to the moment we can “touch the Kingdom” here and now. From the talk: It’s springtime now and if we observe we see that there are so many wonderful things manifesting. And if you look at these flowers and ask, where have they come from? They may tell you that they have come from the Kingdom of God. More »
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    Stephen Batchelor Week 3: Letting Go Paid Member

    Here's a clip from Stephen Batchelor's Week 3 teaching entitled "Letting Go." It's from his online retreat, "Buddhism for This One and Only Life." More »
  • Tibet Earthquake Emergency Relief Paid Member

    From Tibetfund.org, We are very sad to report that hundreds have died and an estimated 10,000 mostly ethnic Tibetans were injured and left homeless in near-freezing temperatures in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck a sparsely populated region of Tibet in the early hours of April 14. More than 85 percent of the houses in Jiegu, a town of 100,000 people nearest the epicenter, were destroyed. Because solid information is still emerging from officials working in the area, it is difficult to know how many remain buried in the rubble. Most of the people in the region are Tibetan herders and farmers who are in immediate need of shelter, medicine, clothing and other necessities. More »
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    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist Paid Member

    If you haven't seen Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's guest post, "The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist," on the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, it is definitely worth checking out. He touches on the question of what it means to be "religious," and goes on to give advice to those of us on "our search for truth." Rinpoche writes: The journey to genuine truth begins when you discover a true question -- one that comes from the heart -- from your own life and experience. That question will lead to an answer that will lead to another question, and so on. That's how it goes on the spiritual path. Read the full article here. More »
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    Clark Strand: Can You Be a Buddhist in America? Paid Member

    At the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, Clark Strand writes about his friend Mark, whose "Om stones" and remarkable life featured prominently in Clark's recent Green Meditation Tricycle retreat. (He also writes critically of the recent PBS documentary,"The Buddha." Clark begins: More »