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developing equanimity - when we recognize that life is not in our control

Equanimity is a wonderful quality, a spaciousness and balance of heart. Although it grows naturally with our meditation practice, equanimity...


Here we are... the first full day of autumn... seasons changing, nature and her cycles, a metaphor for life... autumn represents the end of a cycle, completion, harvest... The Tao Te Ching says, The imperfect becomes completed, The crooked becomes straight, Empty becomes [...]

Whipping the cart

The present day exercise of zazen in a Z...

Gallery: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

The massive People’s Climate March in New York City (one of 2500 across the planet yesterday) was attended by all kinds of people — “We’re union members, we’re community members, we’re environmentalists, we’re students, we’re workers,” says the March’s National Coordinator in this New York Times video). Buddhists, and related orgs, too, contributed their presence […]

Being deceived

Presently, the modern will to unconditional truth seems to be: I don’t want to be deceived by others, which is not quite the same as, I don’t wish to deceive myself. So that I don’t become deceived by others, I...


Suffering. Today I will be fully present with my kids; at least that was my intention for the day. Within 2 hours I found myself quickly becoming distracted while I was playing with them. My busy brain was distracted by my phone, email, and the desire to get some projects completed around the house. My mind wanted to be anywhere else but in the present moment. read more

Compassion stirring in New York City

If you’re tuned into the People’s Climate March in NYC tomorrow, watch for Shambhala Sun’s Rod Meade Sperry. Rod is in New York to report on powerful happenings at the Brooklyn Zen Center. “We don’t [merely] have climate change to address,”  says Brooklyn Zen Center’s angel Kyodo Williams. “We have heart changes to address.” Read more about […]

Solo climbing

The path laid out in Buddhism is transcendent; not worldly. Logically, it leads to a transcendent state or Dharma (P., lokuttardhamma) this being nirvana which is also ultimate reality. This, I need to emphasize, is a first-person science. What I...


Illustration credited to Alex Hill Friends and Readers, This is not an exposition on the phenomena of anger, but it is my anger that I will be pouring out. As the religious have for eons written confessions, dreams, and their angers as well, it is my turn. Show More Summary

The Bull Moose and the Buddhist

I’ve been watching The Roosevelts An Intimate History on PBS this week. I have DVR’d each night’s installment but am a couple of nights behind, so what I have seen so far has dealt mostly with Theodore Roosevelt, an energetic and immensely vital man, with a few disturbing sides to his very large personality.  Not [...]

Noah Levine’s “A Refuge from Suffering” — Read it now

Taking refuge in the Buddha means taking refuge from our suffering. In his article found in our current, September magazine, Noah Levine uses Buddhist principles and meditation practices to help people take refuge from the terrible suffering of substance abuse. This is the system of working with recovery posited by Noah’s new Refuge Recovery book […]

Its own ontology

Buddhism has its own ontology. It's not a speculative attempt to describe ultimate being or the one true reality (e.g., the One Mind as the perfect eternal form) but, instead, an invitation to realize true reality in our very self.....

What Happens When Kids and Parents Stay When They Don't Want To

My plan was to make a video of me conversing with my daughter, pair it with a written blog post, and use the content to talk about how accomplished my offspring are. What really happens: I attempt to talk to my daughter while she spits food on the table, pretends she's asleep, uses a bad word, and walks away from me while I'm talking. read more

Where’s My Goddamn Upgrade?!

I confess, I get caught up in the Apple hype whenever the company releases a new something-or-other, or tweaks the operating system on the old something-or-others already in existence. It’s unlike me, but there you have it. So all last...Show More Summary

pureland buddhist creed

This is a time of change for me, both outer and inner - with a concommitant re-focussing and re-orientation of...


The 9th chapter, “Transcendent Wisdom,” in Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life that I referenced in my Sept. 8th post, begins with these words: Wisdom is the only true final antidote to all suffering (the whole path aims at this).” The Sanskrit word for wisdom is prajna, which is syllabified as praj, meaning [...]


Bodhicitta is available in moments of caring for things, when we clean our glasses or brush our hair. It's available...

Dharma Connect: Goodbye Dalai?

The Dalai Lama, the world's best-known Tibetan Buddhist, stirred things up this week with an interview in which he seemed to suggest that he should be the last to hold that title. “The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama,” he told a German newspaper, which interpreted it to mean he did not want a successor. read more

the will toward mystery

....the will toward mystery, the longing for deeper knowing, the draw toward the sacred heart, redefines life. A gradual upswelling...

The great intoxication

Many Buddhists are sound asleep to the real genius of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (hereafter MPS) and the astonishing implications it has within it. That all beings have the Buddha-nature is just not a simplistic observation. There is more to...

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