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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    Cyberdharma and the Net's Vast Reach Paid Member

    When I first encountered the dharma, some two decades ago, it arrived at my door looking achy and lethargic and smelling of beer. In the aftermath of a loud and fragrant freshman dorm party, I had rescued my next-door neighbor from a night spent face-down on the damp floor where he'd slid to a stop and fallen asleep. 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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    One Fat Buddha Paid Member

    In Soto Zen centers, there’s a verse we chant every morning between the dawn sitting and the morning service. The robe that symbolizes the commitment to the Buddha’s way is unfolded from its pouch and placed on top of our heads before we intone, Vast is the robe of liberationA formless field of benefactionI wear the Tathagata teachingsSaving all sentient beings. On many mornings, I indulged my initial amusement at the absurdity of people sitting on their cushions with bundles of cloth piled on their heads. So much of dislocated Japanese Zen ritual can provoke a wince, with its bloodless and robotic pretensions. By contrast, this seemed sweetly—even innocently—kind of silly. More »