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The Poet and the Rain

Friday’s post featured a quote from Japanese writer Kenji Miyazawa. I do not know the exact source of the quote, but have seen it around quite a bit and thought it fit. I’ve only read a few pieces of Miyazawa’s work online, and until now was only vaguely familiar with his life story, owing to …

Escaping from our dreams

We awaken to find ourselves walking across a vast desert like plain. We have no memory of how we came to be here. Try as we might no fact presents itself that will suffice as an answer—not even a tiny...

The Coal Bunker Oak

Found sprouting in the coal bunker at Throssel last spring. Planted. Nurtured. Transported to the East Midlands where it is now. Nurtured. And appreciated. As with the Oak so too with the new temple Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple http://www.turningwheel.org.uk/. Show More Summary

Do it with your whole body

On a drive home, Koun Franz's son gives a fleeting discourse on the physicality of spiritual practice. The post Do it with your whole body appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Therapy Can Only Go So Far

Therapy is a powerful tool, says Buddhist psychologist Paul Fulton, but it can't solve the problem of being human. The post Therapy Can Only Go So Far appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Karma Is Not Fate

You can't deny your karmic inheritance, said the late Traleg Rinpoche, but that doesn't mean you can't change. The post Karma Is Not Fate appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Fine Art of Failing

In her commencement speech at Naropa University, Pema Chödrön explains that if there’s one thing we all need to practice, it's how to fail well. The post The Fine Art of Failing appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Beat of Philip Whalen

Steve Silberman reviews "Crowded by Beauty: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen," by David Schneider. The post The Beat of Philip Whalen appeared first on Lion's Roar.

What does it mean to be devoted to one’s guru?

Buddhadharma ask three teachers about a complex issue at the heart of tantra practice: guru devotion. The post What does it mean to be devoted to one’s guru? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Rise of Militant Monks

Michael Jerryson reports on the growing tension between Buddhists and Muslims, in which senior Buddhist monks actively incite violence and intolerance. The post The Rise of Militant Monks appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Inside the Fall 2015 Buddhadharma magazine

Features When Illness Is Our Path Meditation can help us deal with illness when it strikes, says Norman Fischer. But even more important, practicing with illness reveals what is beyond sick and not sick. The Doors of Concentration Entering the jhanas is not easy—the harder you try, the more difficult it is. Show More Summary

Entering the Jhanas

Entering the jhanas is not easy—the harder you try, the more difficult it becomes. But you can make yourself ready for them to open up to you. The post Entering the Jhanas appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Democracy is Good For Sanghas

In many Buddhist communities, teachers have dominant governing roles, but democracy is vital in order for Buddhism to flourish in the West. The post Democracy is Good For Sanghas appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Ask the Teachers: Should I believe the thought that I want a divorce?

Three teachers answer the question: "How can I know whether or not I should believe the thought I wish I weren't married to my spouse?" The post Ask the Teachers: Should I believe the thought that I want a divorce? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Burning Pain for the Journey

I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Carter once. It was in 1982. He was in Los Angeles to promote his book Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President and staying at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where I worked. A few of us had copies of the book and one of the Secret Service guys took …

How Great Vow Monastery makes mindful marimba music

Andrea Miller talks to Great Vow Monastery co-abbot Jan Chozen Bays about how her monastery attracts young people and makes mindful marimba music. The post How Great Vow Monastery makes mindful marimba music appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Whispers from the Bamboo Grove #31 - the Amida Newsletter

Dharmavidya What would Buddha Do? The Buddha is a light in our lives. Each must walk his own path, but that path is illumined by the light shed by the...

Don’t Always Trust Your Perceptions

Thich Nhat Hanh offers a short teaching on perception and the value of remaining calm. The post Don’t Always Trust Your Perceptions appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Ask the Teachers: Am I doing myself a disservice by practicing Buddhism without a guru?

The teachers are asked about practicing without a guru, following the death of a teacher. The post Ask the Teachers: Am I doing myself a disservice by practicing Buddhism without a guru? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Buddhism is for the few

When I read people's opinions about enlightenment, for example, it is about realizing that there is nothing to be liberated, or that enlightenment is when you stop seeking enlightenment, I begin to think that such people are more interested in...

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