Buddhism

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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 »
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    Being the Stream Paid Member

    Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream, so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies. Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally into it. - Gary Snyder, from “Just One Breath, ” Tricycle, Summer 1995 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Read the full article: Just One Breath: The Practice of Poetry and Meditation More »
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    Good Guys and Bad Guys Paid Member

    We all love the struggle between good (us) and evil (them). It is, in its own way, deeply satisfying. Think of the plots of the James Bond films, the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films. In such movies, it’s quite obvious who the bad guys are. Caricatures of evil, they are ruthless, maniacal, without remorse, and so they must be stopped by any means necessary. We are meant to feel that it is okay—even, to tell the truth, pleasurable—to see violence inflicted upon them. Because the villains like to hurt people, it’s okay to hurt them. Because they like to kill people, it’s okay to kill them. After all, they are evil, and evil must be destroyed. What is this kind of story teaching us? That if you really want to hurt someone, it is important to demonize them first—in other words, fit them into your good-versus-evil story. That is why truth is the first casualty of all wars. - David R. More »
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    Dharma Wars Paid Member

    What is it about the internet that turns some Buddhist teachers into bullies? Zenshin Michael Haederle has a few things to say about it. Illustration: Stephen Kronginger More »
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    Looking for Meaning Paid Member

    As long as we insist that meditation must be meaningful, we fail to understand it. We meditate with the idea that we’re going to get something from it—that it will lower our blood pressure, calm us down, or enhance our concentration. And, we believe, if we meditate long enough, and in just the right was, it might even bring us to enlightenment. All of this is delusion. - Steve Hagen, from “Looking For Meaning,” Tricycle, Fall 2003 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Read the full article: Looking for Meaning More »
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    The Helper Syndrome Paid Member

    One of the themes of practice is the gradual movement from a self-centered life to a more life-centered one. But what about our efforts to become more life-centered—doing good deeds, serving others, dedicating our efforts to good causes? There’s nothing wrong with making these efforts, but they won’t necessarily lead us to a less self-oriented life. Why? Because we can do these things without really dealing with our “self.” Often our efforts, even for a good cause, are made in the service of our desires for comfort, security, and appreciation. Such efforts are still self-centered because we’re trying to make life conform to our picture of how it ought to be. More »