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"You're Becoming a What?: Living as a Western Buddhist Nun" by Ven. Thubten Chodron

2010 June 03

Ven. Thubten Chodron describes her path to Buddhism and monastic life.

"Suffering Zen" by Susan Moon

2010 June 03

"Buddhist teachings are about suffering and the end of suffering, and Zen Buddhism, in particular, emphasizes sitting still in the midst of your suffering and just letting go," writes Susan Moon. But there are times when "letting go" can feel like an impossible task.

"Going Home" by angel Kyodo williams

2010 June 03

When we honor our community, maintain it, treat it like the precious treasure that it is, it returns our investment a thousandfold.

"A Path of Discovery" by Roshi Joan Halifax

2010 May 12

Roshi Joan Halifax describes her personal path to Buddhism, medical anthropology, and care giving, discovering that death is not an enemy, but a teacher and a guide.

"Toward a Western Buddhism and Contemporary Dharma" by Lama Surya Das

2010 April 26

It has often been pointed out that historically whenever Buddhism has entered a culture, it has not only changed the culture, it has also been changed by it. Lama Surya Das identifies emerging trends of Western Buddhism and offers advice on beginning Dharma practice.

"One Dharma" by Joseph Goldstein

2010 April 20

As different Buddhist traditions take root in the West, is it possible to find an essential teaching that supports them all?

"Woman to Woman" by Sandy Boucher

2010 April 14

Sandy Boucher on her life and path in the Dharma as a student of pioneering meditation teacher Ruth Denison.

"Birthing and Blooming: Reflections on the Third Noble Truth" by Mushim Ikeda-Nash

2010 April 09

"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.'"

"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.

"Everybody Loves Something" by Pema Chödrön

2010 March 23

Love is like a weak spot in the walls of ego--our hearts can be opened by just one moment of great compassion.

"Practicing in Daily Life" by Joseph Goldstein

2010 March 10

We need to create a rhythm in our lives, establishing a balance between times when we are active in the world and times when we turn inward.

"Journey to Mt. Kailash" by Maia Duerr

2010 March 01

Twenty people, five weeks, dozens of yaks, and a sacred Tibetan mountain make for one unforgettable pilgrimage.

 

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