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    SANGHA SPOTLIGHT: Being Time Paid Member

    A history of Zen at Sing Sing Correctional Facility More »
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    DHARMA TALK: What’s So Great About Now? Paid Member

    Why the present moment isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. More »
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    BOOK REVIEW: Dragon Thunder Paid Member

    Jack Downey reviews the new memoir by Diana J, Mukpo, wife of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. More »
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    FILM REVIEW: The UP Series Paid Member

    Dean Sluyter on the documentary series that began in 1964 with fourteen seven-year-olds and has been checking in every seven years since then. Directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond. More »
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    Reviews: Let's Get Lost Paid Member

    Television to meditate to: LOST, ABC, Wednesdays, 9/8cMore »
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    Practical Pilgrim: Spinning the Wheel at Sarnath Paid Member

    SOON AFTER FINDING ENLIGHTENMENT in Bodh Gaya, Siddhartha walked about two hundred miles northeast to the big city of Banaras in search of his old friends. It was with these five yogis back in Bodh Gaya that Siddhartha had been striving to crack the code of suffering in search of ultimate awareness. After having wasted away from fasting and other ascetic practices, Siddhartha shocked his colleagues by taking food and declining further self-mortification. Determined, yet disheartened, and finally alone, he sat under a bodhi tree, and the rest is Buddhist history. Banaras, also known as Kashi and now Varanasi, is, as Mark Twain once wrote of it, "older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." Striking and picturesque as it sprawls along a crescent of the sacred river Ganges, it is thought to be the oldest living city on Earth.More »