The cultivation of karuna, or compassion, which tempers wisdom's cool discernment
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    In spite of being a daily walker, I have always regarded walking meditation as a sort of punctuation to, or respite from, the work of sitting; nothing on the order of the sober mind training and investigation to be undertaken on the home base of the cushion. This willful delusion could be a hangover from my earliest forays into zazen, where kinhin really was a respite—but also, it seemed to me, a mad, macho dash around the zendo for which I was ill-suited, even as a teenager. Nor was I ever tolerant of the extreme slow motion of Burmese-style vipassana walking. On the contrary, it sent my kleshas into a tailspin, and just made me want to hurry up and sit down.  More »
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    Blueprint to Solve Suffering Paid Member

    The four noble truths formula is best known as one of the key insights gained by the Buddha on the night of his awakening, and has become a ubiquitous schema for organizing and presenting his teachings. Many books on Buddhism include four chapters corresponding to suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path leading to its cessation, and innumerable talks are organized along these lines as well. More »
  • The Sangha without Thich Nhat Hanh Paid Member

    Thich Nhat Hanh leads students in a walking meditation at Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, NY. On November 11, 2014, the international Buddhist community was dealt a sudden blow when the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, a beloved teacher and prolific author, suffered a brain hemorrhage that rendered him unable to speak or walk. Since then, Thich Nhat Hanh (affectionately known by his students as “Thay”) has shown steady if small signs of recovery: swallowing solid food and more recently, uttering his first words. He is currently receiving treatment in San Francisco at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.  More »
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    In celebration of the historic Supreme Court decision ruling that the Constitution gaurantees a right to same-sex marriage, we present this article, originally published as a Web Exclusive in 2008, about the passing of Proposition 8 in California. We've come a long way in a few short years. —Eds. More »
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    Overcoming Spiritual Bypassing Paid Member

    Buddhist psychologist John Welwood coined the phrase “spiritual bypassing” to describe a common tendency to use spiritual teachings as a means to avoid, rather than engage fully with, our human relationships and experience. In this online retreat, senior Shambhala teacher Ethan Nichtern will explore Buddhist teachings on relationships, emptiness, and compassion in the context of a bodhisattva path that leads us directly into the details of worldly life, with all its struggles and insights. You can join Ethan Nichtern in person on May 28th for the next installment of our ongoing "What's Enough?" series. Get tickets here. More »