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    What Does Being A Buddhist Mean To You? Paid Member

    Re: Cloning Ravi Ravindra, Professor of Comparative Religion and Physics at Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada In a certain way, psychologically and socially, we humans clone ourselves. Look at teenagers, they all wish to be the same way, to imitate each other. That to me is a more serious issue - how our propaganda, our social-psychological manipulation through the media, actually makes people behave as if they were clones. … More »
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    ON GARDENING: The Birds of the Muses Paid Member

    THE BEES were living in the walls long before I heard them. It was Indian summer a few years ago when I discovered a small cleft along the seamline where our brick chimney pressed against the outer wall of the house. High overhead, scores of pollen-laden honeybees whizzed with industrious delight through this narrow fissure into the inner core of our home. As a meditator and gardener I have an immense respect for bees, grounded� More »
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    THUS HAVE I HEARD: A Universal Formula Paid Member

    ONE OF THE SIMPLEST yet most profound things attributed to the Buddha in the Pali canon is the general statement of interdependent origination: When there is this, there is that, When there is not this, there is not that. When this arises, that arises. When this ceases, that ceases. More »
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    ON LANGUAGE: The Dharma of Deconstruction Paid Member

    View the print version of this article in PDF format THE FUNDAMENTAL INSIGHT of what is known as the “linguistic turn” in twentieth-century Western thought is that language shapes our experience. Some of the most influential modern thinkers challenge our usual assumption that using language is merely a matter of attaching names to things that already exist in the world. In a very important sense, language creates the world as we know it. More »
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    MY VIEW: Not Our Bodies, Not Ourselves Paid Member

    SINCE MY SISTER began medical school last fall, she has spoken constantly about an obese female corpse she refers to as “my cadaver”: “She’s so fat, it’s hard to find the nerves and muscles. You have to do a lot of poking around.” Or, “When we first opened her up, there was still shit in her intestines. Can you believe that? She died two years ago!” Although I was amused (and occasionally disgusted) by my� More »
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    ON PARENTING: As If I Were Your Mother Paid Member

    MY SON WAS less than twenty-four hours old, and I knew he was going to die. The yellow cotton hat snuggled on his precious head, the brown handknit blanket securing his winging arms, he lay silently in the neonatal-ICU clear plastic crib. Veins no longer pricked, oxygen hood gone, lungs finally clear, he was healthy. Skye was coming home, yet I knew he would die. Some day. I had studied the face of mortality before,� More »