Living in the World

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    Tommy, can you Hear me? Paid Member

    1. If I have open-head surgery and my brains are replaced by my alarm clock, am I still Tommy? 2. Was van Gogh with one ear the same as van Gogh with two ears? 3. If I take a vacation, will I still be Tommy? 4. If I take Prozac, will I still be Tommy? 5. If I get a face-lift, an ass nip, hair coloring, breast implants, and liposuction, will I be Jane Fonda? 6. Is Jane Fonda still Jane Fonda? 7. Is Jane Fonda becoming? 8. Is Jane Fonda becoming Jane Fonda? 9. If  you call me by my true name, am I still Tommy? 10. If I become Lama Pajama, am I still Tommy? 11. Does my true name have to include Jane Fonda? More »
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    Talking with the Other Side Paid Member

    In an age of polarized public discourse, there aren’t many voices out there that move beyond the war of words to take a deeper look at the issues that so sharply divide us. Krista Tippett is the rare exception. An author and broadcast journalist best known for her radio show “On Being” (formerly, “Speaking of Faith”), she launched the Civil Conversations Project in 2011 to restore nuance and context to the most complex issues of our day, from abortion rights to same-sex marriage. Her soft-spoken approach belies a toughness that becomes apparent in her unflinching commitment to hold a question before opposing sides, challenging each to develop a clear understanding of how the other thinks. The point, she often says, is not to force common ground but to learn to live together with differences. More »
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    Found Dharma Talks Paid Member

    POOL HALL DHARMA TALK Aim your stick not the cue ball KRYPTONITE BIKE LOCK DHARMA TALK Do not force key CHELSEA CAR WASH 24-HOUR DHARMA TALK Neutral no brakes no steering DHARMA TALK AT THE CANAL ST. P.O Insert bills straight and carefully Bills jam when forced Make your choice when asked regardless of your credit Insert bills face up or down Up or down BRONX ZOO AVIARY DHARMA TALK Keep your voice low and you will see More »
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    Between Two Mountains Paid Member

    For all the horror and trauma that terrorism creates, its lasting power resides in the largely irrational fear we create and then magnify with our minds. Today, statistics show that airplanes are twenty-two times safer than automobiles, yet many people have stopped flying because of the fear that the September 11 attacks engendered. The anthrax scare has caused a widespread reluctance to handle mail, yet only five deaths have resulted from anthrax letters among 30 billion pieces delivered nationwide. We are afraid of death by biological attacks, yet in America some 20,000 people die of the flu each year, and only half of those most at risk get vaccinated. Clearly, the fear of terrorism will not be appeased by providing information, rationalizations, or statistics. It resides in a deep aspect of our consciousness. In order to work with it, we need to understand how it develops. More »
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    Heartfelt Advice Paid Member

    When we are deeply involved in the practice of the Buddha dharma, the sages advise that we practice a common sense of balance by learning to structure our mundane activities and dharma practice in ways that allow us success in both areas of our life. We should not fall into extremes, either of procrastinating in our dharma practice with the excuse of mundane distractions, or of allowing our mundane world to fall apart around us due to an overemphasis on dharma practice which ignores our mundane responsibilities. More »
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    Shopping the Dharma Paid Member

    Consumer culture has spawned a class of spiritual shoppers who bring their acquisitive instincts to the practice of the dharma. When we turn to spirituality, we may think that we’re leaving the corruption of the world behind. But our old ways of thinking do not disappear; they follow us, coloring the way we approach spiritual practice. Since we have all been raised to be good consumers—getting the most while paying the least—as dharma students and teachers we carry our consumer mentality right into our spiritual practice. More »