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The Faces of Meditation: Dawai Gocha

  By Dawai Gocha I grew up Buddhist. My mom raised me in the Nyingma Buddhist lineage. For me, meditation is learning to play your own music. Our emotions and mental tendencies get strummed like guitar strings. I even started calling emotions the “E String” and cognitive activity the “C String.” But the problem for me was that I had no control over the music I was playing. So meditation became about settling into the “body of the guitar,” coming out of the dense dimension of preoccupation with the “strings” and settling into a more natural state. From there I...

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There is No Guru

By Dana Gornall Every once in awhile when people hear my name, they repeat a line from a popular 1980’s movie, Ghostbusters. “There is no Dana, there is only Zuul.” It’s the line Sigourney Weaver delivers after being possessed by some sort of evil entity. Her regular, somewhat conservative, persona has been totally transformed. When Bill Murray’s character is trying to find a way to connect with mild-mannered Dana, she tells him that there is no Dana. I could say that lately I have been doing some soul searching, but that isn’t quite right because “lately” has become about...

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How to Deal with Annoying People (Mindfully)

By Leo Babauta It’s a common thing to be frequently annoyed by other people. Added to our regular interactions with family, friends and coworkers are the online habits of people on various social media, and they can all irritate the hell out of us. What can we do when other people are being annoying, frustrating, inconsiderate, irritating, even aggravating? Well, assuming we’re not in real danger and we don’t need to take action to protect ourselves, often the best practice is an internal shift rather than trying to change the other person’s behavior. That suggestion in itself can be...

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Drive All Blames into One {Lojong Teaching}

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Drive all blames into one. The one we’re talking about here is ourselves. We want to stop blaming everyone around us for our problems. It’s an easy thing to do—to blame others for everything that happens. As a dad I see a lot of situations where one of my kids is aggressive or mean to the other and says, “It’s not my fault, they were being annoying!” And of course that’s silly. We can throw blame around and agonize over how other people are causing us to behave, or we can stand up and take...

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Post Buddhism: Where Do I Go From Here?

  By John Lee Pendall Out of every view I’ve ever heard—from Adam and Eve to the earth is flat—the hardest one for me to swallow was, “Everything’s okay.” My gut response is to shoot back, “Everything is definitely not okay.” But then, I reply to myself, “It’s okay to feel that way.” That shuts me up, which is an astonishingly difficult thing to do. At this point in my life, I’m kind of an After Buddhist—a member of that cohort who rode the Vehicles all over the map and then crashed them into a porta potty. Crawling from...

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