Category: Buddhism

The Faces of Meditation: Jeff Eisenberg

  By Jeff Eisenberg I was first exposed to meditation as part of my martial arts training. I started martial arts as a child, and my beginning experience with meditation was simply as a means used by the instructor to teach us to develop the ability of self restraint through the mandate of forcing us to simply sit still. Which, for a bunch of hyper kids, this idea transferred to our understanding the practice as one of forcing ourselves to not move. Since we were not given any further instructions on how not to move, I accomplished this miraculous...

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When #MeToo Hits a Sangha: The End of an Era

  By Michelleanne Bradley I am a mostly trusting person. I believe that people are not perfect, and that we are doing the best that we can with what we have at the moment. On this site right here, there were articles written on each step of the Eightfold Path, and what that practice looks like. For me, the hardest part about following the path is the grief and anger around betrayal. It is like there is this liquid that runs hotter than the surface of the sun that is in the inner core of my body, and when...

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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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