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    Reflections on an Impermanent World Paid Member

    Over 98 percent of all species ever to live on earth are now extinct. Though some of this loss is to be expected as part of the natural cycle of evolution— in nature, change is constant; stasis is abnormal— there have also been moments of catastrophic change, when the diversity of life has plummeted so suddenly and dramatically that the rules of evolution no longer apply. Over the course of geological history there have been at least five of these mass extinction events. Scientists are now saying that we are currently in the midst of a sixth. More »
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    Survival Tactics for the Mind Paid Member

    If the Buddha got enlightened without all the rules, why, in this tradition that claims to be closest to the life of the historical Buddha, are there so many rules for monks? The Buddha had already internalized the principles of the dharma. Rules were really a response to monks who got out of line. They're also useful as warning lights—when you're tempted to break a rule, you have to slow down and examine your motivation. Often you find there are subtle levels of greed, anger, or delusion that you didn't see at first. These days, do you have problems with the rules? More »
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    Allen Ginsberg Paid Member

    Allen Ginsberg: d. April 4, 1997 More »
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    Resource Guide Paid Member

    Hospice, Caregiving, and Education Programs Hospice services aim to improve the quality of life during the dying process. A hospice team usually consists of a physician, a nurse, and a social worker or volunteer, who may be a spiritual caregiver. To locate hospice programs in your area, or for general information about hospice care as well as volunteer work and training, contact the National Hospice Organization, 1901 North Moore Street, Suite 901, Arlington, Virginia 22209; (703) 243-5900. More »
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    Opening the Sky Door Paid Member

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    Living Organs & Dying Bodies Paid Member

    Organ donation presents a conflict for many Buddhists. On the one hand, we strive to attain the bodhisattva ideal of compassionate action whenever possible. Nine people die in this country every day waiting in vain for donors. On the other hand, according to some Buddhist teachings, death comes when the consciousness leaves the body, not with the last breath, and it is generally believed that the circumstances of clinical death and the period following it, before the consciousness is released, are critical in helping to determine one's rebirth. According to that view, it is best not to cut into the body for three days following clinical death or risk disturbing the process. More »