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    ON THE CUSHION: The Myth of the Experienced Meditator Paid Member

    “I tell Kyodo Roshi I want to take my practice to a deeper level. “Deeper level?” He laughs again. “What do you mean, 'deeper’? Zen practice only one level. No deep, understand?” More »
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    Single-Practice Masters Paid Member

    The Lotus Sutra directly influenced the development of Japan’s “single-practice” Buddhist traditions, which placed one practice above all others as the most correct and effective means to enlightenment for all people. Emerging during the Kamakura period (1185�1333), the primary proponents of the Japanese Pure Land, Soto Zen, and Nichiren schools of Buddhism all embraced the single-practice approach. More »
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    Darwin and the Buddha Paid Member

    A recipient of the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism, Robert Wright is the author of The Moral Animal and Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. One of Buddhism’s central tenets is the illusory nature of self. How does that square with evolutionary theory? More »
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    Ordinary Struggles Paid Member

    Socho Koshin Ogui Sensei is an eighteenth-generation priest in the Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) tradition, the most commonly practiced form of Buddhism in Japan. A resident of the United States since 1962, he became minister of the Cleveland Buddhist Temple in 1977 and of the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago in 1992. In 2004, he was appointed Socho (Bishop) of the Buddhist Churches of America and has been instrumental in the ongoing revitalization and� More »
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    Touching Enlightenment With The Body Paid Member

    After years of meditation, you may feel you’re making very little progress. But the guide you may need has been with you all along: your body. Drawing on Tibetan Yogic practices, Reggie Ray takes on the modern crisis of disembodiment. Artwork by Angelo MuscoMore »
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    Tsunami Psychologist Paid Member

    In the aftermath of last year's tsunami, psychologist Ronna Kabatznick struggled to help survivors cope with overwhelming suffering and loss in Thailand.More »