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Democracy in America

Born on this day in 1805 was Alexis de Tocqueville, the French statesman who wrote Democracy in America following a nine month visit to the United States in 1831-32.  The young country he found on his trip, the democracy still in its infancy, continues to flourish, and his book, published in 1840, remains an influential …

Buddhist Teachings on Mindfulness

What is mindfulness meditation and how do you do it? Learn the basics about the practice and its Buddhist roots, with easy-to-follow instructions. The post Buddhist Teachings on Mindfulness appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Book Reviews for September 2016

We review Orgyen Chowang's "Our Pristine Mind," Shinzen Young's "The Science of Enlightenment," a Zen poetry book, and more. The post Book Reviews for September 2016 appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Inside the September 2016 Lion’s Roar magazine

The September 2016 Lion’s Roar features 20+ teachers on the Buddhist view of mindfulness -- what it is, how to do it, and how it benefits Buddhist practice. The post Inside the September 2016 Lion’s Roar magazine appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Mindfulness: It’s All Good

LionsRoar.com editor, Rod Meade Sperry, on how mindfulness set him on the Buddhist path, and why it can benefit all people. The post Mindfulness: It’s All Good appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Ultimate Happiness: An exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama

In this exclusive conversation, the Dalai Lama talks about human goodness, and how caring for others is the ultimate source of your own happiness. The post The Ultimate Happiness: An exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Secretly Put Down a Deep Root ~ Dharmavidya

In the practice of spirituality, there is always an interesting tension between form and spontaneity. Too much form can easily become empty hypocrisy whereas too much spontaneity can easily become...

A wonderful perception of richness and texture

“This is a wonderful perception of richness and texture. It’s a great example of fresh seeing.” The post A wonderful perception of richness and texture appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The onrush of Scenery-air

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy. Sylvia Plath And tomorrow I’ll be taking in some scenery-air in the sunshine around and above Grassmere. In the mean time – and right now – it’s raining. Credit where credit is … Continue reading The onrush of Scenery-air ?

Never freed from the finite

The conditioned world including our physical bodies is also our finitude which is never other than limited and marked by imperfection. It is certainly not the unconditioned which is absolute and infinite. Our finitude is also empty and devoid of...

Modesty: Earth Above, Mountain Below

The I Ching is a marvelous book, one of the oldest in the world.   I have mentioned before that it’s more than book of divination; it is philosophy, and poetry. As the English title, “Book of Changes”, implies, the subject is change.  The text and commentary accompanying the sixty-four interrelated hexagrams at the heart of …

Who is Padmasambhava?

Who is Padmasambhava? We answer your questions on Buddhism and meditation. The post Who is Padmasambhava? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Practice For Ignorant Beings ~ Dharmavidya

Summary Of Faith And practice - Part fifteen Text: This is the practice for ignorant beings and ignorance is essential for its accomplishment. This sentence has two parts. The first...

It has to fit the narrative

Even before we read a single book about Buddhism or Zen Buddhism, we are prepared to form a tacit assumption about Zen based on the smallest familiarity with the material (let’s say that you just read Alan Watts). I have...

Getting past being just a beginner

Thinking about Buddhism (and I include Zen), in the sense of a process of intellectual examination or investigation is something we do as beginners, and do it for a long time if we are serious beginners. The books we read...

Trailers: Doctor Strange has a Buddhist wifi password; Iron Fist is still white

In this new official trailer for Doctor Strange, we get a new, longer glimpse at Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel's "master of the mystic arts." The post Trailers: Doctor Strange has a Buddhist wifi password; Iron Fist is still white appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Practice in Play

Four sports enthusiasts put their practice into play: Jaimal Yogis surfs, Liz Martin golfs, Laura Munson rides horses, and Melvin McLeod hits the slopes. The post Practice in Play appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Without Knowing What Rebirth In The Pureland Truly Is ~ Dharmavidya

This is Part Fourteen of our occasional commentary upon the Summary of Faith and Practice Text: without even knowing what rebirth in the Pure Land truly is Acknowledged Ignorance is...

The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever

Penetrate the true meaning of the Heart Sutra, says Karl Brunnhölzl, and nothing will be the same again. The secret is making it personal. The post The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Bencho ~ Successor of Honen ~ Dharmavidya

Bencho (1161-1238) was the successor to Honen as the leading teacher in the Jodo School. The role of great successor is very important. Would we have Christianity without St Paul...

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