Living and practicing harmoniously with others is essential to Buddhist teachings
  • A Special Bond Paid Member

    It is like this: wherever we go, people make a beeline for Moune. One block of Charlottesville’s pedestrian mall will bring “What kind of dog is that?” “Oh, honey, come check it out! He looks just like Benji!” “Is that a Briard?” “Can I pet him? Her?” “What’s its name?” “Winn-Dixie!” “Can I take a picture?” “How old is he?” “Hey Bud!” “Oh. My. God. She is so PRESH!” Some days we enjoy the limelight; other days Ma Moune tolerantly stands there while I, hackles raised, can barely suppress the urge to growl and bare my teeth. It is great patience practice if I’m in a hurry or a bad mood. I’ve joked with friends that next time I’ll get a dog that everyone will pass by without a second glance. More »
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    Buddha Buzz Winter 2015 Paid Member

    Started from the Bottom, Now He’s There? How do you know you’re über-famous? When even Buddhist monks can recognize you. That’s what happened to Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, when he spent downtime between Wimbledon matches meditating at the nearby Thai Buddhist Buddhapadipa Temple. He eventually won the tournament in decisive fashion before millions of tennis fans across the world—and a few monks down the street, quietly tracking his progress online.Party with the Buddha More »
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    Blueprint to Solve Suffering Paid Member

    The four noble truths formula is best known as one of the key insights gained by the Buddha on the night of his awakening, and has become a ubiquitous schema for organizing and presenting his teachings. Many books on Buddhism include four chapters corresponding to suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path leading to its cessation, and innumerable talks are organized along these lines as well. More »
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    Success for Buddhism in the West? Paid Member

    Everything is suffering: being born is suffering, getting old is suffering, sickness is suffering, being bound to what we do not like is suffering, being separated from what we love is suffering. To escape this curse, we have to learn to detach ourselves from the world, to kill desire in us, to escape the cycle of rein- carnations or at least find a way of being born into a better fate. The reader will have recognized, crudely summarized in these lines, one of the foundations of Buddhism. It is astonishing that this doctrine, which makes the self a harmful illusion, has gained so much influence in the hedonistic and individualistic West. More »
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    The Good Fit Paid Member

    On the final day of my first sesshin—a seven-day Zen meditation retreat—at the conclusion of a six-week training period, I asked the presiding teacher, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, if he would accept me as a student. Formal interactions have never come naturally to me, but I felt it important to do this with as much formality as I could muster. I went into my last dokusan—a private, highly ritualized interview with a Zen teacher—with that mix of excitement and anxiety that comes with sensing one might be about to turn a new page in one’s life. More »
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    Let It All Go Paid Member

    Buddhism + Self-Help: Table of Contents Go Bang Your Head Against the Wall, by Noelle OxenhandlerIt's All for the Better, by Clancy MartinSaving Vacchagotta, by Mary Talbot Self-Care for Future Corpses, Sallie Jiko Tisdale More »