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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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    From the Academy: If and When Paid Member

    Last fall I was interviewed on ABC’s “Nightline” in connection with Ted Koppel’s conversation with the Dalai Lama (aired September 13, 1995). The producer asked me what I thought the role of the Dalai Lama would be if Tibet ever regained its independence. “If and when Tibet regains its independence . . . ,” I began, and with those seven words out of my mouth, the following thoughts began inside my head: “�If and when!… More »
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    On Gardening: The Gingko Tree at the Bottom of Time Paid Member

    The winter solstice draws near. Now is the “stand still of the sun.” Germinid meteor showers of early December claim the night sky, obscured only by the huge disc of the Wolf Moon. This is the best season to see the bones of garden plants. Wrap up in a blanket and sit still under a tree you love. More than twenty years ago, at Green Gulch Farm, we celebrated our first annual tree planting with Dr.… 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… More »
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    On Art: The Dining Project: The Art of Nurturing Paid Member

    Lee Mingwei is a graduate student at Yale’s School of Art. The dining project can be experienced at the Lombard-Freid Fine Arts gallery in Manhattan during March 1997. I grew up in Taiwan in the mid-seventies. Most of my free time was spent in the kitchen, not cooking, but serving as a (fat) guinea pig for the family chef. At that time, we knew a number of families who had their own chefs. Most of these… More »
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    Beyond Rangoon Paid Member

    Burma is, in its way, a kind of shadow Tibet, Tibet without the glamour or mystique, as devoutly Buddhist a country as the land of 6,000 monasteries to the north. The charms of its pre-modern culture have been preserved from the modern world by a policy of inwardness. Its people have a good nature and gentle strength that instantly convert every visitor to their cause. And for thirty years now, it has been suffering a… More »