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Another New Year

Sitting still in the dark zendo and breathing with others is exactly what Natalie Goldberg needs. On this last night of the year, she wonders what this human life is all about. The post Another New Year appeared first on Lion's Roar...

My 2014

2014 has been both a good and a bad year for me. The low point was the fire that severely damaged the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society premises. It has meant a drastic cutting back of the Society’s activities for the rest of the year, and for me it was a close shave with the Grim Reaper. Show More Summary

Only the Lonely

2 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

The holidays can be a difficult time. Seen through a Buddhist lens, they embody the worst of our expectations and clinging, and the subsequent disappointments when those expectations are not met. “The most wonderful time of the year”...Show More Summary

Merry What????

The holiday season. Why are there so many holidays crammed into such a short amount of time (in the US, anyway)? And how many blogs are written about this time of year? And how many of those are going to offer coping mechanisms about...Show More Summary

Winter Blues

Perhaps these days of less sunlight are opportunities for more contemplative time, more looking deeply to see what can only be seen in the dark. The post Winter Blues appeared first on Lion's Roar.

How Deep Is Your Love?

It isn't easy to offer spiritual comfort to a dying man when you can’t stop thinking about yourself. As Shozan Jack Haubner learned, sometimes you just have to fake it. The post How Deep Is Your Love? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

A Little Off the Beam

Valentine Davies (1905 – 1961) was a screenwriter, producer, and director. His best known work is a little story known as Miracle on 34th Street. According to IMDB, “[Davis] got the idea for the script whilst struggling through the Christmas shopping crowds, trying to find a present for his wife. The commercialism he saw made [...]

Xmas Spirit

Sad, angry, lonely—Daniel Asa Rose and his sons are reeling from the recent family breakup. In a closed bowling alley on Christmas Eve, they open their hearts. The post Xmas Spirit appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Buddhist monk dies in third self-immolation protest in one week

Tibet Post is reporting today that a 38-year-old monk "died Tuesday after setting himself on fire." The post Buddhist monk dies in third self-immolation protest in one week appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The prophetic warning

In his U.S. visit in 1979, Ajahn Chah speaking to a group of young Americans who had just opened up a Buddhist meditation center had this warning for them. "You will succeed in truly spreading the Buddha-Dhamma here only if...

Christmas Reflections

Nowadays and for most people Christmas is about shopping, eating, trying to find a Christmas tree or taking the fake one out of the garage and assembling it. Then there is the problem of trying to remember who sent you a Christmas card last year so that you don’t neglect to send them one this year. Show More Summary

Twenty-year-old woman dies after committing self-immolation

The Central Tibetan Administration, based in Northern India, has reported that a twenty-year-old woman named Tsephel died this morning after committing self-immolation. The post Twenty-year-old woman dies after committing self-immolation appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Sign this petition to support equality for women in Thai monasteries

The International Network of Engaged Buddhists has posted a petition on change.org to allow women to become fully-ordained nuns in Thai monasteries. The post Sign this petition to support equality for women in Thai monasteries appeared first on Lion's Roar.

A Mind of Winter

Winter is once more upon us. Here in Southern California, winter is a relative concept. And a capricious season, to the extreme. For instance the past week we had weather that was winterlike and very cozy.  But this week the temperatures are expected to be in the high 70s, hitting maybe 80 on Christmas Eve. [...]

Getting rid of defilements is not so easy

It should be obvious, but the reason one doesn’t realize the pure Mind, or the same, Buddha-nature, is that it is obstructed by defilements. Ordinary beings (S., prithagjana) are defiled by gross defilements. It’s like a traveler facing a formidable...

A night at the pub

Last night, I was talking with some of my graduate student friends at our local pub. I would call them believers in the theory that consciousness is generated by brain tissue. By contrast I am one of those who says,...

Baking the Buddhadharma

6 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

This has been a week of intense cookie-baking, which equates to infinite opportunities to see the dharma in action. read more

Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale

Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale is the story of a little girl who lives with her family in the kingdom of Shambhala. The post Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Saying No to the Silence of Whiteness

I’m mad. Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker all unarmed, all black men, now dead, just one typical month this summer 2014, USA. The post Saying No to the Silence of Whiteness appeared first on Lion's Roar.

A big thank you shout-out

It’s that time of year when we pay special attention to all that we have to be grateful for. The post A big thank you shout-out appeared first on Lion's Roar.

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