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The Grace of Meditation.

  By Andrew Peers In his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1973) the young monk Chogyam Trungpa, friend of fellow Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, wrote about the dangers of what he called ‘spiritual materialism.’ The materialism of the economy appears to drive souls together in a collection of separate units that forget the social dimension of society. Zen is no exception and often seems annexed by psychology, in turn annexed by the market. What can’t be measured, what you can’t explain, what can’t be conformed to and what does not serve a doubtless very...

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Poison Me.

  By Marcee Murray King   There are not enough hours of the day to get rid of all the invasive species and other weeds choking out the other plants on our 25 acres. The garlic mustard is out of control, while the wild grape vines are dragging down our trees. The wild parsnip makes blisters on my legs and arms if we aren’t alert. My son spent four days hand-digging thistle out of five acres in the blistering sun, only to have new ones sprout in different places days later. An impenetrable wall of wild rose is growing...

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What it Means to be a “Real Man.”

  By Ty Phllips It seems to be an ever more popular pastime to write or comment about what “real men” do. I am going to start this off by saying, “real men” don’t worry about what other “real men” do, because they are secure enough to not care what is or is not measured as being “manly.” You have to have a beard, you have to be over 6′ tall, you have to have tattoos, muscles, women, money, emotions, no emotions, be able to cry, never cry and blah, blah, blah. The list seems to be never ending...

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What is Buddha Nature?

By Daniel Scharpenburg   Here is the concept of Buddha nature. You are enlightened. Your true self is luminous and positive and free. Our purpose in spiritual practice is not to become enlightened, but to discover that we already are. If our true nature is that of the Buddha, or awakened being, then the goal of spiritual transformation doesn’t seem remote. So, I don’t feel enlightened. I don’t feel pure and luminous. Why not? Our true nature is obscured by delusion. We live under a kind of mass hypnosis that stops us from unleashing our full potential. This is...

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At the End of Your Rope? Meditation for Parents.

By Dana Gornall Some people search far and wide for a spiritual teacher or journey. They feel like they need to travel to another country or don special robes to become spitiual. Maybe they seek out a teacher and study sacred texts. This is one way to learn about yourself as a person and test patience, practice mindfulness and find ways to be broken open. Another way is to be a parent. Nothing shines a light up to our weakness and shortcomings more than being sleep deprived, having your body become a human milk machine, training a toddler to...

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