Category: Buddhism

The Pure Joy of Being {Book Review}

By Ty H. Phillips Shambhalas’ presentation of The Pure Joy of Being, by Fabrice Midal is a visual and spiritual masterpiece. Midal explores the story of Buddhism not only in itself but culturally and artistically within the cultures that it touched. Midal shares the visual wonders of Buddhist art in stone, metal, paint and more. The tomb is beautiful to behold and touch and pulls one into the essence of Buddhism. While the pages offer us a sense of Buddhism through the ages and the lives of the countless millions it has touched, it also brings one closer to...

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Right Speech: Speak Through the Heart {The Eightfold Path}

  By Debbie Lynn An interesting thing is happening in our society with the movement of “being heard and speaking out,” and I can’t help but wonder why it took so long. This isn’t about the feminist movement or the “Me Too” movement; it is about simply coming back to our logical sensibilities and the art of respect—Right Speech—the act of thinking, speaking and acting in kindness. I am not sure when the art of respect went out the door, but the art of talking trash swooped in like storm and has devalued our very essence, our core, and...

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Finding Hope in the Pure Land

  By Ivan Latham There is a certain misconception about Buddhism in the West which often seems to relegate it to the self-help section of the bookstore or library. The banquet of the Dharma—the corpus of discourses and teachings given to us by the Buddha—is all too frequently reduced to a watery porridge of motivational quotes. Buddhism often finds itself grossly misrepresented and popularized by life coaches as some kind of psychological sticking-plaster to help us muddle through life. But the truth is far greater, and more ontologically far-reaching than the latest self-help bestseller riddled with Buddhist references often...

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Does Following Right Speech Mean I Can’t Swear? {The Eightfold Path}

  By J. Martin Samma-vaca as it is written in Pali translates to things like Perfected Speech, or Whole speech. I prefer good ol’ Right Speech. Now it is important to realize from the beginning that the Buddha never meant “right” in the traditional Western sense of “right and wrong.” That is a discriminative and dualistic thought. Our dude didn’t do that. This is part of the whole “being your own light” thing. If you were to look at the text book definition Right Speech, it would state something like, “Clear, truthful, uplifting and non-harmful communication.” And to answer the...

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Right Speech: It’s Not about Being Perfect, but Owning Up to It {The Eightfold Path}

  By John Lee Pendall So, here’s my first contribution during Right Speech week for the Living the 8 challenge. I won’t be posting a journal article each day because most days just aren’t that eventful in my life. However, feel free to check out the FB group for more interactions. DAY 1 “I said stop hollering at me! You don’t have any authority over me. Who do you think you are?” That was me chastising a co-worker. This was actually yesterday—so, I guess Day 0—-but, I’m throwing it in here anyway and there’s nothing you can do to...

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