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Navigating Grief During the Holiday Season

  By Dr. BethAnne Kapansky Wright   For some of us, the holiday season comes wrapped with ribbons of grief. We are the ones who’ve known some kind of loss, whose magnitude is powerful enough that the ripple effects become extra potent on a time focused on celebration. And as such the experience of grief becomes part and parcel to navigating a month tinged with family, friends, and festivity. This will be my second December without my brother and having just waded through the waters of Thanksgiving, I find myself staring at December with a mixed heart. I have a...

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Don’t Get Stuck on Peace {Lojong Training}

By Daniel Scharpenburg Sometimes our spiritual practice can make us feel removed, separate from the rest of the world. That’s not the Bodhisattva way. The Bodhisattva way is to be in the world, open and vulnerable; awake in the world, not separate from it. This is sometimes called the Poison of Emptiness. We want to see the impermanent, interconnected, dreamlike nature of things, but even that can become a point of attachment for us very easily. We can’t get excited about the illusory and empty nature of reality. That’s not something we can maintain, even if we try. Getting excited...

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The Path of Celtic Buddhism {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips Andrew Peers new book, The Path of Celtic Buddhism is a much needed work on a path both beautiful and controversial. It is a unique glimpse into a road little known and mostly obscured by myth and distortion by a true wordsmith and master of the craft. His imagery is awe inspiring and the story is both humorous and touching. It is an open look at the naked soul of a man, a friend, a questioner and a teacher; and oddly it is the perfect addition to the crazy wisdom tradition as Andrew (Dru) is...

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The Choice to be a Survivor, Not a Victim

  By Ty H. Phillips I’ve always wanted to start an article with Jack Nicholson’s line from Batman; “I was sitting in the bath one day when I realized why I was destined for greatness.” Alas, aside from the mention of it, I cannot. I can however start it with, I was on Facebook one day when a friend of mine who is a satanist reminded me of the Buddha’s teaching on the suffering woman.  I was involved in a thread on child abuse. This is never a fun topic and articles about it tend to show up in...

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: I Need Space but I Don’t

  By Dana Gornall “Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody—really want him—it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed When I was about four or five—maybe six—we took a family vacation to Florida. The specifics are still a little fuzzy, but I remember clearly seeing some type of a luau, or Hawaiian show. Seated about six rows back from the stage, I...

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