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    Science of Enlightenment Paid Member

    Mindfulness is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state or quality of being mindful; attention; regard; memory; intention; purpose,” but it is not listed in Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. Its recent usage as a technical term in the area of Buddhist meditation, however, has breathed new life into this archaic noun. Mindfulness is fast becoming a household word as well as a key term in medicine, psychotherapy, and neuroscience. More »
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    I have a confession to make. I used to sneer at people who fluttered from religion to religion concocting their own spirituality from the sexiest of each. But one morning while praying I realized that I epitomize the spiritual shopper! My cart is filled with Hindu shlokas, Theravadin precepts, Christian psalms, and Rumi’s mystical poetry. More »
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    Speaking of Dharma Paid Member

    How can people in the modern West apply Buddhist teachings to their daily lives? This question—perhaps the central one for many dharma practitioners today—was recently addressed by four reincarnate lamas of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Speaking at a conference hosted by New York’s Tibet Center on June 26-27, the lamas talked about matters ranging from tantric visualization to how to do prostrations. But some of their most interesting comments dealt with human relationships. More »
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    On Conferences: A New Spirit at Spirit Rock Paid Member

    The spirit of jazz and gospel kept rhythm with Buddhist mantras, chants, and dharma teachings in the first-ever African American Dharma Retreat and Conference, held in August at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. For five days, African American Buddhists shared in a unique spiritual celebration that drew from and blended Buddhist tradition and African American culture. Led by and devoted solely to African American Buddhist practitioners, the conference was the inspiration of Black psychologist and Vipassana teacher Ralph Steele, who garnered the support of Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock. More »
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    GenNext: Taking a Breather Paid Member

    “I'm so stressed out!” That was my mantra during the first exam period my freshman year of college. After homage to the Stress God I would gulp another cup of coffee, exacerbating my nervous condition. My friends fared worse: Some became severely ill, some had nervous breakdowns, a few dropped out entirely, and others began their decline into alcoholism. When my own stress had become almost unbearable, I reinstalled something I had learned in my…“I'm so stressed out!” That was my mantra during the first exam period my freshman year of college. After homage to the Stress God I would gulp another cup of coffee, exacerbating my nervous condition. My friends fared worse: Some became severely ill, some had nervous breakdowns, a few dropped out entirely, and others began their decline into alcoholism. When my own stress had become almost unbearable, I reinstalled something I had learned in my youth: breathing meditation, for just fifteen minutes a day. More »
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    Consider Yourself a Tourist Paid Member

    Within less than fifty years, I, Tenzin Gyatso, the Buddhist monk, will be no more than a memory. Indeed, it is doubtful whether a single person reading these words will be alive a century from now. Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well. Therefore, if when our final day comes we are able to look back and see that we have lived full, productive, and meaningful lives, that will at least be of some comfort. If we cannot, we may be very sad. But which of these we experience is up to us. More »