Are you wondering how the Buddha's teachings can resonate in your life? Explore the articles, interviews, stories, and images in Faces of Buddha to learn more and share your story of discovery with us!
"Consumption, Well-Being and Awareness" by Daniel Barbezat -- 2010 April 12
Want to improve the global economy? Start small: examine your own habits. Why do you want what you think you want? This is an essential step on the path to well-being and satisfaction.
"Amidst the heat and tumult of family life," writes meditation teacher Mushim Ikeda-Nash, "I’ve had to radically redefine what “peace” and “inner peace” mean. In fact, it was my son, when he was around twelve, who helped me figure it out. 'Don’t confuse inner peace with enlightenment,' he said. 'Inner peace is a feeling, but enlightenment is clarity and understanding. It can include inner peace but it is much more.'"
"Thoughts On Renunciation" by Ven. Thubten Chodron -- 2010 April 08
Renunciation doesn't mean to give up happiness, but to give up suffering and its causes and to cultivate genuine satisfaction and joy.
"Sarnath" by Shantum Seth -- 2010 April 08
Shantum Seth, an experienced guide to Buddhist holy sites, describes a visit to the place where the Buddha first spoke about his enlightenment experience.
There are at least two components to spiritual practice: Wisdom and Compassion. Associating with people, especially in difficult situations, helps us grow Compassion.
"The Meditative Perspective" by Douglas Chermak -- 2010 April 08
How can meditation practice support the practice of law? For the past five years, the Working Group on Meditation and Law has been exploring some of the ways in which a meditative perspective can be transformative in the working lives of lawyers and contribute to a re-envisioning of the legal profession.
"Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness" by Ed Sarath -- 2010 April 08
Professor Ed Sarath describes the founding of the University of Michigan's program in Jazz and Contemplative Studies, one of the first degree programs to integrate a significant contemplative studies component with conventional coursework in psychology, philosophy, religion, and socio-cultural studies.
“What Would Buddha Do?” by Gary Gach -- 2010 April 07
If wisdom can be symbolized by the head, and meditation by the heart, then we see ethics as pertaining to the body: refining our instinctual nature. The Buddhist invitation is thus to live with body, heart, and head as one; to fully keep our appointment with life.
"Vowing Peace in an Age of War: Part 4" by Alan Senauke -- 2010 April 06
To achieve peace, we need to understand that the potential for hatred—or goodness—that we see in our enemies exists simultaneously in ourselves.
"Beat Buddha" by Wes Nisker -- 2010 April 06
In the 1950’s, the Beat writers popularized Buddhism in the West, talking about it in their novels and poetry and making it relevant to modern audiences.
"The Fourth Noble Truth: Suffering As A Resource" by Reginald Ray -- 2010 April 05
When we take our suffering seriously, contemplating it and experiencing it fully, fundamental transformation can occur.
"Stupefaction" by Susan Piver -- 2010 April 02
Contemplative practice can reveal a kind of wisdom that transcends the conventional mind, and our relationships--whether personal and spiritual--are catalysts for self-understanding.
"Vowing Peace in an Age of War, Part 3: Giving, Fearlessness, and Renunciation" by Alan Senauke -- 2010 April 02
How can we create a path to peace? Alan Senauke offers Giving, Fearlessness, and Renunciation, based in Zen Buddhist teachings, as guiding practices for creating a more peaceful world.
"A Personal Journey" by Alfred W. Kaszniak -- 2010 April 01
Our lives have many facets, reflecting our professional identity, our spiritual beliefs, our roles in our families, our personal hobbies and interests, and so on. How do we choose to blend or merge these often diverse aspects? Psychology professor and researcher Al Kaszniak shares his own story.
"How American Women Are Changing Buddhism" By Rita M. Gross -- 2010 April 01
American women are taking Buddhism away from its patriarchal past, participating confidently as practitioners, teachers, and leaders. The job is not finished, says Rita M. Gross, one of Buddhism's leading feminist thinkers, but the role of American Buddhist women is unprecedented and may change Buddhism forever.
"Lumbini" by Shantum Seth -- 2010 April 01
Shantum Seth, who leads many pilgrimages in South Asia, offers a description of Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace.
"Falling Off a Horse With Mindfulness" by Deborah Schoeberlein -- 2010 March 31
The practice of mindfulness meditation can help us cope with the unexpected events life throws at us.
"Vowing Peace in an Age of War, Part 2: Carrying Forth Realization Into The World" by Alan Senauke -- 2010 March 30
Alan Senauke relates modern socially engaged Buddhism to the ancient teachings of the Buddha and Eihei Dogen, a founder of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
"Apple" by Calvin Malone -- 2010 March 30
Every part of every day offers an open invitation for quiet reflection and mindful awareness.
"A Life of One Piece" by Sharon Salzberg -- 2010 March 29
The threads of wisdom and compassion can sew our fragmented lives into one seamless whole.