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Making Friends on the Buddhist Path

Zen teacher Norman Fischer extols the beauty and benefit of spiritual friendship on the Buddhist path. The post Making Friends on the Buddhist Path appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Do Buddhas think?

Zen teacher Blanche Hartman, Tibetan teacher Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Insight teacher Narayan Helen Liebenson answer the question, "Do Buddhas think?" The post Do Buddhas think? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Five Hundred Monkeys

Then there were these five hundred monkeys hanging out in some trees next to a large pool of water.  After night came down, the chief monkey saw the moon reflected in the water below him.  He asked all the others come over to his tree and join hands and tails to form a chain, so …

Facing Islam

It seems to me that Europe has all but failed when it comes to facing the threat of Islam. It almost seems to endorse Islam. Unfortunately, Europe has little or no desire to better understand the deep religious zeal that...

Visiting Saitama Medical University

Saitama, Japan, 26 November 2016 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Kanazawa for Omiya this morning by bullet train after spending two relaxing days at the home of an old Japanese friend. From Omiya, he drove through the countryside directly to the Saitama Medical University. Show More Summary

How to Meditate

Simple meditation instructions, answers to common questions about meditation, and guidance to help cultivate peace, stability, friendliness, and compassion. The post How to Meditate appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Land of Love and Bliss ~ Dharmavidya

TEXT: without which we would already perceive the land of love and bliss Perception of the land is a foundational religious experience. Religious form is substantially grounded in it and...

Send a holiday card to incarcerated Bay Area youth for #GivingTuesday

The Mind Body Awareness Project is sending a handwritten holiday card to every incarcerated Bay Area youth for #GivingTuesday, and you can participate. The post Send a holiday card to incarcerated Bay Area youth for #GivingTuesday appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Commentary: American Open-Heartedness Is Needed Now More Than Ever

After the election, Buddhist American international aid worker Katie Letheren broadens her plea for compassion toward Syrian refugees. The post Commentary: American Open-Heartedness Is Needed Now More Than Ever appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Gratitude: Where Healing the Earth Begins

"The great open secret of gratitude," writes Joanna Macy, "is that it is not dependent on external circumstance. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment. The post Gratitude: Where Healing the Earth Begins appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Do Buddhists follow prescribed rules regarding marriage or sexuality?

Do Buddhists follow prescribed rules regarding marriage or sexuality? We answer your questions about Buddhism & meditation. The post Do Buddhists follow prescribed rules regarding marriage or sexuality? appeared first on Lion's Roar...

The big decision

Zen is a self study. Zennists do not awaken en masse. Only individuals awaken. The one who undertakes the study of Zen intends to plumb the depth of their being hopefully to reach the very core of reality. In order...

Meeting with the Press before Returning to Japan

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 23 November 2016 – Before leaving for the airport this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with about 50 members of the media at his guest house. He told them he was happy with the way his ninth visit to Mongolia had gone, and that he considered it to have been a meaningful success. Show More Summary

The Buddha And Mindful Eating

In affluent societies, obesity has become a major health problem and the weight-loss industry is a multi-billion dollar one. Treatments for obesity include the administering of appetite suppressants, psychotherapy, dietary counselling and even surgical procedures. Show More Summary

Learning from Karmic Obstacles ~ Dharmavidya

TEXT: By our daily difficulty in the preceptual life, we awaken to the presence of the myriad karmic obstacles The preceptual life refers to the attempt to live according to...

Interaction with Youth

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 21 November 2016 – At the Culture House in downtown Ulaanbaatar this morning, His Holiness gave two brief interviews to local television channels. In a message to young Mongolians, His Holiness said, "Tibet and Mongolia have had friendly relations for more than 1000 years, especially since we embraced Buddhism. Show More Summary

Zen Math Will Never Add Up

Nagarjuna’s four propositions tell us that something may be what it is or it may not; it may be neither or it may be both. This is Zen math. The post Zen Math Will Never Add Up appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Regrets? – No Permanent Mooring

I was talking to a woman last evening on the phone. Her health is ‘not what it was’ and she is noticing she is not as quick on her feet. Yet, non the less, she keeps up her meditation practice, has a sangha (community) of like minded people to call on and generally stays buoyant … Continue reading Regrets? – No Permanent Mooring ?

The drill bit

It seems to me that in modern Zen its practitioners are never completely sure of what Zen is about. I think this is due in part to being content with a shallow, non-penetrating hermeneutic. I think all of us...

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