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On Being Radical.

  By Jes Wright     “Compassion is the radicalness of our time,” ~ Dalai Lama It is a radical act to be compassionate. I don’t mean the explosive protesting acts of being radical, but the very act of going to our roots. After all, the word radical means roots. For so many of us, our roots are a twisted knot like a pea start left in a pot for too long, so we have to gently break loose the roots from the dark soil before transplanting. It’s any wonder if any of us with roots like that could...

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Yes, Buddhism has Failed You: A Rebuttal to Against Invulnerability.

  By Ty Phillips Buddhism has failed you. This is at least partially what Philosopher Todd May would like you to believe in his piece for the New York Times titled, Against Invulnerability. May argues that the teachings for the cessation of desire, dispassion and his self titled invulnerability doctrine, are in fact, inhuman and unfeeling. Unfortunately May, a professor of philosophy, seems to be ignoring the entirety of the Buddha’s life and teachings in order to bolster his claim. Buddhism has failed you. Again, I say this not because it’s what May wants you to believe, but because...

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Oh-So-Awkward in Prison.

    By Marcee Murray King Any hours sitting in a prison are too many, but I still feel like I have spent far, far too many hours of my life here. There is the preparation for going: Clothes have to be loose enough, not revealing, no leggings, no underwire bras…a checklist to complete. Driving to prison and arriving to the razor wire and guard towers scares me, as does going through the visitor clearance, being searched and going through the metal detector. Passing through the heavy locking doors with the finality of the loud click as it closes...

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What is Buddha Nature?

By Daniel Scharpenburg   Here is the concept of Buddha nature. You are enlightened. Your true self is luminous and positive and free. Our purpose in spiritual practice is not to become enlightened, but to discover that we already are. If our true nature is that of the Buddha, or awakened being, then the goal of spiritual transformation doesn’t seem remote. So, I don’t feel enlightened. I don’t feel pure and luminous. Why not? Our true nature is obscured by delusion. We live under a kind of mass hypnosis that stops us from unleashing our full potential. This is...

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