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    Friendvy Paid Member

    At the gym, I idly thumb through a back issue of the Harvard Business Review. A headline, “Envy at Work,” catches my eye. I glance at paragraph one: As you enter your recently promoted colleague’s office, you notice a photograph of his beautiful family in their new vacation home. He casually adjusts his custom suit and mentions his upcoming board meeting and speech in Davos. On one hand, you want to feel genuinely happy for him and celebrate his successes. On the other, you hope he falls into a crevasse in the Alps. More »
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    Jealousy & Envy Paid Member

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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—Lama Shabkar Paid Member

    One day as I went to refresh myselfIn the middle of a meadow,Many goats and sheep came from all sidesAnd gathered around me. Among them, an old sheep spoke:"Old monk, neither virtuous nor sinful,I have something to tell you.""Alright," I said. "Come on, tell me."He went on: "I have a great favor to requestOf the 'meritorious' lamasWho come gathering alms in summer and autumn. "The very moment a short-necked, shiny, chubby monkArrives at our village door, leading packhorses carrying a lama's red bundlesHe takes a villager with him and comes right toward us sheep. "The 'protection cord' the lama is going to give outIs for us a noose—It gets tied around the patrons' necks—And soon, by our necks, we ourselves are caught.  More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—Kate Wheeler Paid Member

    Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian; the Dalai Lama, the embodiment of compassion, eats meat by his doctors' orders. Clearly, there's more to mind than what is put into the mouth: yet, as long as food remains a fundamental part of life, these choices are a proper focus of spiritual awareness. Every bite of macaroni contains choices about culture, history, meaning—even the "Nutrition Facts" newly listed on every U.S. noodle box have resonances for us that spread as far as asceticism, sin, compassion, the place of science in our beliefs, and the importance of supporting one's own well-being along with that of others. More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—Zen Master Ryokan Paid Member

    Once Ryokan was traveling with a young monk. At a certain teahouse they received food that contained fish. The young monk left the fish untouched, as is the orthodox Buddhist custom, but Ryokan gobbled it down without a moment's thought. "That food has fish in it, you know," the monk said to Ryokan. "Yes, it was delicious," Ryokan said with a smile. That evening they were put up by a farmer, and the following morning the young monk complained, "The fleas were biting like crazy, and I was up all night. But you slept like a baby. Why?" More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—Bodhin Kjolhede Paid Member

    Not long ago a Zen teacher, during the course of an introductory workshop, stated three times, vehemently, "Buddhism is not vegetarianism." He later argued that to be vegetarian is a kind of attachment. What are we to make of such assertions? First of all, let us agree that Buddhism is not vegetarianism. Neither is it "virtue," "peace," or "wisdom," or any other word or concept. To identify it with anything at all is to reduce what in essence is limitless. In fact, Buddhism isn't even Buddhism. More »