Awaken Spirit – Buddhism

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Was Buddha Boring? – Donna Quesada

December 1st, 2022|

by Donna Quesada: An oft-asked question from students: Wouldn’t following the Buddhist teachings of detachment lead to a dull and boring life? […]

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10 Short Zen Stories

November 15th, 2022|

by Sofo Archon: Sometimes a story can teach much more than entire philosophical treatises. […]

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A True Taste of Peace – Tara Brach

November 3rd, 2022|

by Tara Brach: We can learn to let go of our negative conceptions of ourselves when we realize that they’re real but not true. […]

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The History and Origin of Meditation

November 2nd, 2022|

by Elaine Mead: The French philosopher Michel de Montaigne is quoted as having once said ‘The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.’ […]

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Green Tara: Feel Her Wisdom and Love

September 30th, 2022|

by Lama Palden Drolma: A fully enlightened female buddha, Tara is the actuality of compassion and wisdom. Meditating on her, says Lama Palden Drolma, can awaken our own buddhanature… […]

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How The Dalai Lama Is Chosen

September 16th, 2022|

Actually, the Dalai Lama is not technically chosen; rather, he is found. But to understand how it works, you first have to learn the basics of Tibetan Buddhism and its belief in reincarnation… […]

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What Is Mu?

September 13th, 2022|

by Barbara O’Brien: The Barrier Gate of Zen… […]

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How to Be Happier—the Buddhist Way

September 1st, 2022|

by Victor M. Parachin: Humans lean toward the negative, but we can overcome this tendency. Discover five Buddhism-inspired ways to be happier right now… […]

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Om Mani Padme Hum: The Meaning Behind the Popular Mantra

August 16th, 2022|

by Meredith DeCosta: This special yogic chant is Sanskrit, and it’s pronounced OHM-MAH-NEE-PAHD-MAY-HUM. It’s comprised of four words, and those four melodic words are all the words on many of those colorful Tibetan prayer flags… [...]

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We Are Not Alone Here

July 14th, 2022|

by Ed and Deb Shapiro: The Buddhist teachings describe a great net reaching in all directions with a multifaceted mirror-like jewel at each of the many knots, […]

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Wisdom Seeks for Wisdom

July 11th, 2022|

by Suzuki Roshi: In this teaching from 1965—taken from the oldest extant recording of his talks—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi explains what it means to understand your true nature… […]

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Meditation Only Goes So Far

June 27th, 2022|

by Willa Baker: If you want to connect with the open, spacious quality of mind, says Willa Blythe Baker, at some point you have to stop trying to meditate… […]

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A Better Friend

June 25th, 2022|

by Victor M. Parachin: Dive into the Buddha’s advice for being a better friend… […]

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How to Be Happier—the Buddhist Way

June 17th, 2022|

by Victor M. Parachin: Humans lean toward the negative, but we can overcome this tendency. Discover five Buddhism-inspired ways to be happier right now… […]

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How to Water the Seeds of Happiness

June 7th, 2022|

by Thich Nhat Hanh: Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings were always profound and practical, showing us effective ways to apply Buddhism’s deepest insights in our own lives… […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh and the Light We Carry Forward

May 13th, 2022|

By Marianne Williamson: The blessing he leaves behind. When a great soul leaves the earth, the gifts they shared while they were here dissolve into a misty blessing that remains though they are gone… [...]

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She Who Hears the Cries of the World

May 5th, 2022|

by Christina Feldman: In Buddhist iconography, compassion is embodied in the bodhisattva Kuan Yin, who is said to manifest wherever beings need help… […]

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First Do No Harm

April 12th, 2022|

by Stephanie Kaza: Environmentalist Stephanie Kaza invites us to consider how Buddhist principles can help us nurse the planet back to health… […]

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Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

March 21st, 2022|

by Melanie Pinola: For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature… […]

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Enlightenment Of The Cosmic Buddhas

March 11th, 2022|

by Mark Unno: Through the Pure Land practice of nembutsu, explains Mark Unno, we “foolish beings” entrust ourselves to the full awakening of Amida, the primordial Buddha of Infinite Light… […]

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The Mind-Heart Of The Buddha

March 8th, 2022|

by Kaira Jewel Lingo: At the core of Mahayana Buddhism, explains Kaira Jewel Lingo, is bodhichitta, the bodhisattvas’ enlightened aspiration to save all sentient beings… […]