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Santa Claus and the Cycle of Suffering

By John Lee Pendall   I have some huge issues with ol’ Kris Kringle. I loved the legend when I was a kid, but now that I’m older, I see it for what it really is: conditioning. On a side note, you may have noticed that I bring up conditioning a lot. One of these days, I’ll sit down and hash it out in detail, but not right now. Right now, I’m talking about Santa Claus. Santa pretty much represents everything I find terrible about the human race. My main criticism is that he’s a symbol of patriarchy and fear-based...

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What if There Was No Way to Do Your Life Wrong?

  By Ruth Lera You are not messing up your life. This is what I want to say to you right off the bat. There are no mistakes being made, no failures being stacked up against you, no problems you are causing that reflect to the world you as a person not deserving of love. But you might be exhausted. You really might be. This constant fight against ourselves wears us down. This pounding sensation of inadequacy and constant looking for all the mistakes we are making saps the joy from our journeys and causes us to feel drained, alone...

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Navigating Grief During the Holiday Season

  By Dr. BethAnne Kapansky Wright   For some of us, the holiday season comes wrapped with ribbons of grief. We are the ones who’ve known some kind of loss, whose magnitude is powerful enough that the ripple effects become extra potent on a time focused on celebration. And as such the experience of grief becomes part and parcel to navigating a month tinged with family, friends, and festivity. This will be my second December without my brother and having just waded through the waters of Thanksgiving, I find myself staring at December with a mixed heart. I have a...

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Don’t Get Stuck on Peace {Lojong Training}

By Daniel Scharpenburg Sometimes our spiritual practice can make us feel removed, separate from the rest of the world. That’s not the Bodhisattva way. The Bodhisattva way is to be in the world, open and vulnerable; awake in the world, not separate from it. This is sometimes called the Poison of Emptiness. We want to see the impermanent, interconnected, dreamlike nature of things, but even that can become a point of attachment for us very easily. We can’t get excited about the illusory and empty nature of reality. That’s not something we can maintain, even if we try. Getting excited...

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The Path of Celtic Buddhism {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips Andrew Peers new book, The Path of Celtic Buddhism is a much needed work on a path both beautiful and controversial. It is a unique glimpse into a road little known and mostly obscured by myth and distortion by a true wordsmith and master of the craft. His imagery is awe inspiring and the story is both humorous and touching. It is an open look at the naked soul of a man, a friend, a questioner and a teacher; and oddly it is the perfect addition to the crazy wisdom tradition as Andrew (Dru) is...

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