Buddhism

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    Change is Inevitable Paid Member

    As Buddhists, we work to accept the impermanence and inevitable decay of the physical body. But it’s not enough to accept it as a fact; we can believe in this and still not want it in plain sight. Nagarjuna said, “Change makes all things possible.” It is only because of change that suffering can end—and it is because of change that our bodies fall apart, like all compounded things. More »
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    Stopping Short of Gossip Paid Member

    When talking about others is motivated by thoughts of ill will, jealousy, or attachment, conversations turn into gossip. These thoughts may seem to be subconscious, but if we pay close attention to our mind we’ll be able to catch them in the act. Many of these are thoughts that we don’t want to acknowledge to ourselves, let alone to others, but my experience is that when I become courageous enough to notice and admit them, I’m on my way to letting them go. Also, there’s a certain humor to the illogical way that these negative thoughts purport to bring us happiness. More »
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    "Myself" Paid Member

    Of all the words we use to disguise the hollowness of the human condition, none is more influential than “myself.” It consists of a collage of still images—name, gender, nationality, profession, enthusiasms, relationships—that are renovated from time to time, but otherwise are each a relic from one particular experience or another. The defining teaching of the Buddhist tradition, that of non-self, is merely pointing out the limitations of this reflexive view we hold of ourselves. More »
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    The Dalai Lama on Time Paid Member

    Daniel Goleman: What is the Buddhist understanding of Time? How can we relate our sense of the process of time to our experience of the present moment? His Holiness the Dalai Lama: In Buddhism, the concept of linear time, of time as a kind of container, is not accepted. Time itself, I think, is something quite weak. It depends on some physical basis, some specific thing. Apart from that thing it is difficult to pinpoint—to see time. Time is understood or conceived only in relation to a phenomenon or a process. Daniel Goleman: Yet the passage of time seems very concrete—the past, the present, aging. The process of time seems very real. The Dalai Lama : This business of time is a difficult subject. There are several different explanations and theories about time; there is no one explanation in Buddhism. I feel there is a difference between time and the phenomena on which time is projected. More »
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    Shin Buddhism Paid Member

    We put together a page with some articles on Shin Buddhism from the pages of Tricycle, as well as links to (and excerpts from) other places. Among the highlights: Beyond Religion: An interview with Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom Essential and Pure: Core Principles in Shin Buddhism by Jeff Wilson And there's lots more. Please take a look, and feel free to suggest other links, books and resources! Check it out here. More »
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    The Gates of Compassion Paid Member

    As you walk from room to room in your own home, try to really experience the transition from one place to another. Notice the difference between motion and stillness. Sense how you relate to various enclosures and open spaces. Feel the differences between entering and leaving, if there are differences. Contemplate the thoughts that become caught between places, in the doorways themselves, and think of the people who have walked these paths before you. More »