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May the Force — and Luke Skywalker’s wisdom — “Awaken” with you

The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just been released (watch it here), and to celebrate, we're sharing an excerpt from Matthew Bortolin's book, The Dharma of Star Wars. The post May the Force — and Luke Skywalker’s wisdom — “Awaken” with you appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Why It’s Okay For Moms To Hate Parenting

14 hours agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

I used to make the joke that my husband talked me into having children. I’ve since stopped, realizing it was not that much of a joke, nor was it terribly funny. Having children wasn’t something I dreamed about nor longed to do. In fact, I used to try to talk my husband out of it. Show More Summary

Beautiful art for sale in the Shambhala Sun auction

Shambhala Sun Foundation: "Seated Guanyin Bodhisattva" PrintThe Shambhala Sun Foundation auction is bursting with a full and diverse range of spectacular art. Some Buddhist, some secular. Some original, some in print form. Some tactile and some purely, magnificently visual. Show More Summary

Watch: Blinding ourselves to abuse

Pam Rubin explains that the conditions which foster sexual abuse in any organization have the exact same effect in Buddhist organizations. The post Watch: Blinding ourselves to abuse appeared first on Lion's Roar.

THE IDP DAILY GRATITUDE JOURNAL - OPEN THANKSGIVING THROUGH NEW YEAR'S DAY

Join IDP's Annual Gratitude Journal! Every day, starting today and posting daily through January 1, we'll list what we're thankful for in the comments section below. read more

Watch: Beautiful pre-occupation footage of Tibet discovered

Tibet Film Archive director Tenzin Phuntsog has released never-before-seen clips of Tibet, dating between 1939 and 1959. The post Watch: Beautiful pre-occupation footage of Tibet discovered appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Mom

2 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

One of my most hated noises is the low and ominous drone of a vacuum cleaner. As a kid, when I arrived home from school and heard a vacuum cleaner, I knew my mom was already upset about something. read more

Words of Trust

I am thinking of the events of the past couple of nights and I am also thinking about how one day old Chuang Tzu said, Let me share with you something I have learned. In all human relationships, if there are two parties living close to one another, they may establish a degree of personal [...]

Two different terrains of Zen

Reading Zen, especially, older works, can be a difficult task, especially, if we are looking for something in Zen that is not there. For example, looking for a panacea to help us solve our psychological problems. To be frank, Zen...

For a Difficult Day

2 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

All day I’ve been considering what is an appropriate statement for me to make about last night’s announcement that a grand jury has failed to indict Dennis Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown. Some would say that I should tell you that I am outraged. Or tell you to attend a protest or recognize white privilege. read more

Good Grief: why I'll march to #INDICTAMERICA tonight

2 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Grief is an appropriate response. I feel it running down my spine, pooling in my legs, and pouring into the earth I pray can hold all this. Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson Missouri released their decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. read more

Video: Confront abuse by believing

Pam Rubin, a women's trauma counsellor and lawyer, explains why we need to start confronting abuse by believing its victims. The post Video: Confront abuse by believing appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Caught in a web

This image catches the eye with the lovely red-ish hues of the wall, but it is the way the leaf floats in front of the wall on the spider's web that gives surprising depth. The post Caught in a web appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Detecting people who are not going to make it

I guess if I wanted to I could make an instrument for detecting people who are not going to make it in Buddhism very far; this includes Zen Buddhism. I mean by this, they are not going to awaken to...

Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams in dialogue

Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams discuss the challenges of being teachers of color in predominantly white communities. The post Lama Rod Owens and angel Kyodo williams in dialogue appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Bodhicitta: The Nectar of Immortality

In Sanskrit, the word amrita means “immortality.” In traditional Indian mythology, amrita is the nectar or “sweet dew” of the gods that grants immortal life. Amrita appears in different contexts within Buddhism. It might be water or food that is blessed through the act of chanting, or it may be a sacramental drink taken at [...]

Over reliance on teachers

On some Buddhist chat rooms the beginner is told to first find a teacher, as if learning what Zen Buddhism is generally about is a great mystery. However, Buddhist and Zen scholars often do quite well without a teacher. Alan...

The journey and the trip

The word ‘journey’ has several meanings. It doesn’t have to be related to traveling a certain distance arriving at a certain place. For example, we can speak of a journey of faith or a journey into the realm of new...

Health update for Thich Nhat Hanh as of November 22

Photo by Velcrow Ripper.On Saturday, Novemeber 22, Plum Village issued a new update on the health of Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, who recently suffered a brain hemorrhage. It reads: “The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Show More Summary

Ferguson, Anger, and Meditation

6 days agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

The whole world is watching Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury verdict is expected any day on whether to indict a police officer who shot an unarmed black man. That action led to protests, arrests, and boiling anger. In advance of the...Show More Summary

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