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Good things come in small packages, or, a fundamental teaching about spiritual practice

Here’s another excerpt from the Dharma talk I’m helping with now. It’s a wonderful teaching, that helps ground us in the most fundamental aspect of spiritual practice. It may not seem so sexy or exciting, but it is the basis that can keep us growing and moving forward.   Questioner: Thank you for this opportunity […]

You and your root are inseparable

Here’s another great verse from the Dharma talk I’m working on. Instead of “family problems” feel free to insert health problems, money problems, and so on. Whatever you like!   How should you handle these kinds of family problems? Think back to what I just said: you and your root are inseparable. Everything arises, or […]

A really cool poem/song

One of our members wrote this (in Korean) for our upcoming youth retreat. I think it’s going to be in the form of a song or perhaps a rap performance. Anyway, it’s pretty good! The author is Chang Jeong Lim(???).      ??   As the days flow away, one after the other, Why are […]

Meaning 101

That our lives should have meaning is not generally understood in this present day and age. In the scientific world view meaning does not exist such as, “What is the purpose of this life I have been thrown into?” and...

Flowing without beginning or end

When waves occur in the sea, infinite drops of water are created. However, when those drops sink, they become the water of the sea itself. Our bodies and lives are like those drops of water: even though there is clearly “You” and “I” in our daily lives, at the fundamental place, everything exists as one. […]

Lamenting War With Saigyo ~ Dharmavidya

Here are another two poems by Saigyo. During his lifetime, the political situation gradually deteriorated until the most awful civil war broke out between the Taira and the Minamoto factions....

Here & There With Saigyo ~ Dharmavidya

Here is a poem by Saigyo (1118-1190), one of Japan's greatest poets, also reckoned a saint. He was an independent Buddhist practitioner who spent much time travelling or in retreat,...

Overcoming the antithesis

We understand the notion of “antithesis” more as a contrast-to-self which the observer has come up against (anti); which is an impassable position (thésis). This position in Buddhism is the entire conditioned world including the psychophysical body that we are...

McZen! This use of a Buddhist term is a real whopper

McDonald's tweet tries to give sugary coffee beverages "Zen" cachet. The post McZen! This use of a Buddhist term is a real whopper appeared first on Lion's Roar.

A Buddhist Chaplain at Rikers Island

Justin von Bujdoss is a Buddhist lama and Rikers Island's first Staff Chaplain. He reflects on what Rikers Island is, and what it needs. The post A Buddhist Chaplain at Rikers Island appeared first on Lion's Roar.

A Continuous State of Creation

My last post featured remarks made by the Dalai Lama while giving a teaching on Nagarjuna’s “A Commentary on the Awakening Mind” (Bodhicitta-vivarana), a work that researcher in Sanskrit and Nagarjuna scholar Chr. Lindtner describes as a “regrettably neglected text.” Although, as the Dalai Lama mentioned, some scholars have questioned the authenticity of the text …

Do Good Anyway ~ Reverend Ananda

On a recent Thursday, the non-profit that I run received a call from an older woman who needed help. She said she was living in a house without power or...

The ancient psychotherapists

Psychotherapy has been around for thousands of years. It is not a recent development of modern culture if we define psychotherapy as the treatment of mental distress. Shamans, medicine men and women, and sorcerers were psychotherapists. A?vagho?a refers to a...

Duality & Nonduality ~ Dharmavidya

QUESTION: In one of your recent posts, you made the statement: "12. Nonduality is a dualistic theory." I was hoping you could elaborate a bit more on this statement, or...

Dharmaternative: The problem of real peace ~ Dharmavidya

One way of understanding Buddhism is as an attempt to create an alternative society. Groups of Buddhists are cells in what is intended in the long run to be a...

Enough Is Enough ~ Dharmavidya

Summary of Faith and Practice TEXT: Nothing else is required and anything else is too much. This passage is a plea for moderation and is, therefore, also an expression of...

The Art That Illustrates Another Reality

Do the strange and potent images of Tibetan art represent a deeper and truer reality? Francesca Fremantle on the symbolism of awakened mind. The post The Art That Illustrates Another Reality appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Kindness to Ourselves and Others

Suffering is more than the first noble truth of Buddhism. To see our own and others' suffering is the first step on the path, the birthplace of compassion. Judy Lief offers guidance on the journey. The post Kindness to Ourselves and Others appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Being Love

Awash in the pain of betrayal and a failed marriage, Laura Munson practices Pema Chödrön’s teachings on loving-kindness. It’s hard but it helps.   I did not get married to get divorced. I did not have children to subject them to the confusion of split parents. I did not hold them in my arms on […] The post Being Love appeared first on Lion's Roar.

New animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” introduces kids to Buddhist concepts

"Kubo and the Two Strings," a new animated film that hits theaters today, takes kids on an adventure with strong Buddhist themes. The post New animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” introduces kids to Buddhist concepts appeared first on Lion's Roar.

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