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The consumer reader who becomes interested in Zen Buddhism is far different than the religious reader. He or she doesn’t want to spend a great deal of time pondering the religious text if at all. The text the consumer reader...

War! Huh, Yeah! (Empty Sky)

Bruce Springsteen’s song “Empty Sky” is how I remember that day, how it looked that morning. Here in Los Angeles, the sun was bright and ths sky had not a cloud, it was Spanish blue. I worked sales for a greeting card company. I usually went in between 6 and 6:30am. That’d be 9 o’clock [...]

whispers from the bamboo grove - amida newsletter 20 - an exciting new development!

A New Chapter for Amida UK September 10, 2014 Padmaghosa Tony Danford: Dear Friends I'm writing to you as chair...

“All the Rage: Buddhism Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance” — Read the intro and Sylvia Boorstein’s contribution, “No Blame”

The new Shambhala Sun book, All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance, comes out next month (and is ready for online direct orders from the publisher now). Here, in the book’s introduction, editor Andrea Miller tells you what’s inside — and gets a bit personal about anger, too. You’ll also find a link […]

The Buddha Walks Into the Office: Be Who You Want to Be

When I was seven years old, my first-grade teacher asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. I remember walking around my classroom during parent-teacher night with the room plastered with drawings, learning all about my classmates' long-term aspirations. read more

Buddha's cave

Speaking in Buddhist terms, for those of us who are familiar with Plato's allegory of the cave in his work the Republic (514a–520a), we can think of the Buddha as one who has liberated himself from Plato's cave by seeing...

Reddit Deep Dive: 5 Great Subreddits for Meditators

Reddit, founded in 2005 and the dominant site of its kind since at least 2010, bills itself as “the front page of the internet.” It has a tiny staff - most of the lifting is done by hundreds of thousands of active “redditors” who post, comment, and vote on each others’ submissions. read more

Dharma Connect: Bill Murray Gives a Lesson in Meditation

A reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, which designated a Bill Murray Day, asked Murray: What is it like to be you? His answer is a gem, and a really good four-minute meditation. read more

Sectarianism in Zen

The beginning of Chan (Zen) in China can...

Meditation inspiration: Pema Chödrön on “lightening up”

Time now for a little meditation inspiration, by way of Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chödrön: “Discipline is important. When we sit down to meditate, we are encouraged to stick with the technique and be faithful to the instruction, but within that container of discipline, why do we have to be so harsh? Do […]

The School Break that Lasted 800 Years and The 34th Verse

Normally, school breaks are 2-3 weeks at the most, except for the summer break, which when I was growing up was a glorious full 3 months. Some breaks coincide with holidays, like Christmas and Easter, the latter famous as “Spring Break” in the U.S. Today’s post concerns a school break that lasted 800 years, but [...]

Jerry Granelli: Bringing The Real Stuff — and “Warrior Songs”

Meet jazz legend and Buddhist Jerry Granelli — soon to debut a World Premiere work at Naropa University. “I didn’t come to the dharma looking to be a better musician,” says Jerry Granelli. “I’d accomplished most of what I’d hoped for. But I didn’t know how to be a human.” At 72, the jazz drummer […]

The sentient principle

Not only Buddhist scholars and scholar monks, but average Buddhists are unfamiliar with the the Nirukta which is probably the worlds oldest treatise on etymology, philology and semantics which happens to predates Buddhism. Many terms are discussed in it. Among...

Our deluded seeker

Being a deluded seeker is an easy trap to fall into. It is like falling into a big hole. The terrible thing about this hole is it is difficult to get out of. What led me to this was the...

True Happiness Lasts Longer Than an iPhone

It's a truth of existence that material things won't bring you lasting happiness. Things break. Or get outdated. Maybe the iPhone 5 brought you bliss -- but now the iPhone 6 is about to be introduced. And that might make you even happier. Until you find the bugs in it or the 7 is rumored. read more

Great Fool

After I included Langston Hughes’ poem Harlem (“What happens to a dream deferred?”) in my August 19th post, “Hands UP, Don’t Shoot,” I realized it had been many months since I had posted any poetry on the blog.  It’s not good to go too long without poetry, and a recent comment on The Endless Further’s Facebook [...]

RAIN Cools the Flames of Anger

Emily Horn teaches us how to recognize, accept, investigate, and not identify with our anger. From the September 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine, on newsstands now. The best way to transform anger and other strong emotions is to befriend them. As with any relationship, it takes time to become intimate with the inner workings of our minds. […]

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nalanda university re-opens after 800 years

A view of International Convention Centre in Rajgir, Bihar, where classes and activities of Nalanda University will run. (TOI photo...

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