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    An Interview with Wendell Garnett Paid Member

    Profession: studentAge: 32Location: Dharamsala, India Where are you from? New York, but I grew up in Panama. More »
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    This Buddhist Life: George Mumford Paid Member

    George Mumford sports-psychology consultant for the Boston College men’s basketball team and LA Lakers meditation coachAge: 59 Location: Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts How did you get into dharma?I got into the practice via stressreduction, which was being taught by the HMO I was in. I had chronic pain and migraine headaches.What’s exciting about Buddhism for you?Learning about myself and being able to be more self-determined. Is it relevant today?It’s what Socrates said, “Know thyself.” Hasn’t changed. What’s it like to be George Mumford? More »
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    This Buddhist Life: Serena Edwards Paid Member

    Serena Edwards contemporary dancer/bartender Age: 28 Location: New York CityHow did you get into dharma? The easy way: my parents got me in.Do you have a particular lineage subscription? Nyingma—from my parents.Vegetarian? I try and take it easy on the industrial-farming meat.All time hero? My teacher, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche; Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal; Sera Khandro. The choreographer Oliver Steele, for his movement. Pina Bausch, for her theatrical visions.What’s exciting about Buddhism? The possibility of freedom, of just totally cracked-open perspective and awareness.What makes it relevant today? More »
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    Animal Realm Paid Member

    The first pet I ever had of my own was a fledgling mockingbird I named Brighty. I found him while I was staying at my grandmother’s in Texas one spring. I rescued him from the dive bombs of blue jays and the prowling of Aunt May’s feral cats. I was out playing bat-and-catch myself—hitting the ball as high into the air as I could hit it, then dropping the bat and running after it. More »
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    Poetry Paid Member

    Searching for My Old Teacher Still looking for you in the high reeds near El Salto small pond in a dry country You told me I would be safe no matter where I went or what happened Only come back to the dark house and the flame lit under the earth The great mountain you never walked The Chama River you never saw In this tremendous world Still amazed I found you for a time Untitled No inheritance No family I’ll die alone with the croaking frogs I’ve never been so happy What Is Zen Anyway? A Japanese corpse serving tea More »
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    Almanac Paid Member

    This past December, dressed in down coats and lined boots, representatives from over 190 countries met on the darkest and coldest days of the year in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss, of all things, legislation to prevent global temperatures from rising any higher. Over the course of two weeks, the 2009 United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, hailed by world leaders and environmentalists as a bone fide opportunity to create international climatechange legislation, quickly turned into a tangled web of negotiations and power struggles. More »