Buddhist Teachings

  • Mindfully Binge-watching “Making a Murderer” Paid Member

    Anyone who has mindfully washed the dishes knows it’s not as easy as it sounds. So how about being mindful while binge-watching a true crime documentary on Netflix? That’s a challenge. The addictive, infuriating, and wildly popular “Making a Murderer” can be seen as an eye-opening parable of how failing to be mindful can have tragic consequences in the justice system. The series, with its kaleidoscope of shifting facts and high-stakes subject matter, also presents a good opportunity for viewers themselves to transform mindless entertainment into mindful observation. More »
  • Social Media Dharma Paid Member

    I know it sounds crazy, but Facebook has actually deepened my Buddhist practice. And I’m not talking about the numerous Buddhist-based groups, discussions, videos, and podcasts housed on the social media site. While that stuff has enhanced my intellectual grasp of the dharma, I’m referring to something more visceral: Facebook provides the ideal platform for a unique form of active meditation. More »
  • Six Lessons from Patrul Rinpoche Paid Member

    Last fall, Phakchok Rinpoche discussed six lessons from Patrul Rinpoche, a 19th-century Tibetan teacher, on what we are actually missing in life. The message was sent out on Guru Rinpoche Day, which celebrates Padmasambhava, the 8th century teacher credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet.   “Many of us try to practice and I think is very important to have a clear idea of the wrong qualities we have in life and their actual nature,” Phakchok Rinpoche wrote in on Nov. 21, 2015. Below is his further explanation of Patrul Rinpoche’s teachings: “The proud will never be pleased" More »
  • What Is True Safety? Paid Member

    A short reflection that is often chanted in Theravada monasteries states, in part, “I am subject to aging . . . subject to illness . . . subject to death.” That’s the standard English translation, but the standard Thai translation is more pointed: “Aging is normal for me . . . illness is normal . . . death is normal for me.” The extended version of the reflection goes on to say that these things are normal for everyone, no matter where. To be born into any world is to be born into a place where these dangers are normal. They lie in wait right here in the body that at birth we laid claim to, and the world around us is full of triggers that can bring these dangers out into the open at any time. More »
  • A Monk in Mormon Utah Paid Member

    From Sri Lanka to Tanzania, South Africa to Utah: religion professor Wijitha Bandara’s biography is a bona fide Buddhist diaspora. More »
  • Embodiment Paid Member

    Embodiment is: emerging into this world of light and sound joy of skin touching skin, mouth on breath, body sliding into/out of body separateness of playmates teasing, mommy scolding, dog growling, knife cutting loneliness of being encased in envelope of skin, thoughts and emotions a mystery to others confinement to body as a constantly changing piece of luggage, always a surprise to look down and it has sprout hair or breasts, become fat, wrinkled, thin, peeling, saggy becoming afraid that this will end.          Embodiment is: frustration of mind-never-still standing square in the way of Mind  More »