Category: Buddhism

Once You Are Real You Can’t Be Ugly (Or Smelly).

    By Ruth Lera   Except, what happened as it turns out is I can be smelly. So smelly in fact that one of my meditation students complained to the owner of the studio about my “biological odor,” or at least those were the polite words communicated to me. Maybe the student said outright, “She stinks.” And you know what? She wouldn’t have been wrong. You see the night before my first meditation teaching gig at this new studio I went out dancing, (yes, meditation teachers dance too) and I had a lot of fun, and when I...

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China Makes Official Statement Regarding Dalai Lama Reincarnation.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg    I wish I could say I met the Dalai Lama. Although I’ve met a lot of Buddhist teachers over the years, I didn’t meet the Dalai Lama, but I went to see him. He gave teachings at the University of Arkansas in the spring of 2011. At just over 200 miles away, it was the closest he has ever come to my home— Kansas City. So I took a little roadtrip to a college town I had never been to. I can’t say I met him though. I, along with a thousand other people,...

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Has “Kind” Become a Four-Letter-Word?

  By Tanya Tiger Sometimes I worry that I come on too strong. At times I’ve been accused of being “too nice.” When I meet new people I jump right in and take a genuine interest in them and their lives (not in a creepy stalker type of way, more like a new puppy with kids kind of way—always excited to see my new friends). People have told me, after knowing me for a while, that in the beginning of our friendship they thought I was “faking it.” They explained that they had gotten so used to people “having...

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When You’re Up Against the World, Choose Compassion.

  By Keeley Milne   “Look into your own heart; discover what it is that gives you pain. And then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.” ~ Karen Armstrong They don’t believe me. After all these years, of depression, post-partum, extreme anxiety, disordered behaviour—which I write about because by keeping these things in the darkness, we cannot help one another—I don’t think my mother accepts that I cannot, simply, suck it up. She tries. She tries very hard. She herself has determined different diagnoses for me over the years. Is it easier to...

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Walking the Path.

    By Kelly Battese We must walk our own path. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one many. We ourselves walk the path.” ~ The Buddha But what does that mean? Walk the path. What path are we on? These are two major questions man asks himself regardless of his faith or religion. What is the Buddha asking us, what path is he talking about or are we even walking, or how does one find this path or even know when they have found it and are on it? So many questions from one...

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