Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

November 14, 2014
Buying gifts for the people in your life is, obviously, an entire branch of science unto itself. What you’re communicating with your choice of gift is going to be either intentionally or unintentionally heartwarming or frustrating. Knowing which it’...
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November 12, 2014
The rumor began swirling around the Internet that beloved and loving teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had died. Then it was said that he was in a coma. Soon his closest student, Sister Chan Khong, clarified that he is alive, in the hospital but "OK."
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November 1, 2014
You know how it is when you're thinking about something and you begin noticing it everywhere? For me, this week, it was karma. I looked up the lyrics to a song and learned I could earn "karma points" by making corrections. I think those are like the...
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October 27, 2014
Although humans like to believe that we’re rational cognitive creatures, we're actually fundamentally very emotional creatures. You might expect that we would be good with something that we have had experience with our whole lives. Yet one of...
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October 18, 2014
One of my first encounters with Tibetan Buddhism was a weekend program with a lovely lama from Ohio. She was wise and funny and relatable. It was spring, and she brought in a chocolate Easter bunny to put on the shrine. I liked the idea of the...
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October 4, 2014
Buddhism is a path of personal responsibility. The concept of karma details how we are responsible for our actions -- across many lifetimes, if you want to take the long view. Buddhist teachings recommend that we constantly take stock of our actions...
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September 26, 2014
I often tell people who come to the weekly meditation group I lead that there is no perfect place to meditate. We meet in a beautiful, serene room -- where we hear yoga students "ommming" in the studio next door, the beeping of the crosswalk signal...
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by b_schac
September 21, 2014
Suffering. Today I will be fully present with my kids; at least that was my intention for the day. Within two hours I found myself quickly becoming distracted while I was playing with them. My busy brain was distracted by my phone, email, and the...
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August 23, 2014
The happiness or suffering of others is the result of their actions and not my wishes for them.
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August 22, 2014
In life lots of things get in the way of living in the moment: that untimely pee, train traffic, your boss! What might it mean to live in the moment anyway? Life is not a movie chugging along frame by frame; a sequence of discrete “nows...
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August 19, 2014
I'm posting this on behalf of Thia Reggio, the Pastor of the Astoria First Presbyterian Church. The church has been generously allowing us local Queens residents to use their space for meditation.
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August 14, 2014
As I type, my computer sits on scraps of shaped construction paper and sticker-eyeballs spread about in disarray on our dining room table.  The items are part of crafts projects our town library carefully assembles for children to take home...
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August 9, 2014
Sunday is a full moon. I could tell even before I checked the calendar, based on the phone calls that came in to the newspaper where I work. That's not unusual -- the callers range from those with tomatoes that resemble Richard Nixon to ones who...
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August 8, 2014
Having conversations about Israel and Palestine is fraught, to say the least. (Jon Stewart nailed it the other week.) I find myself experiencing different kinds of quick reactions to articles, Facebook posts, invitations to attend demonstrations and...
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August 2, 2014
In his classic book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind,  Suzuki Roshi succinctly pointed to our original nature as our true nature -- unfabricated, unfiltered, disentangled from preconceptions that color our view. "In the beginner's mind, there are...
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July 31, 2014
When my children were younger I was adamant about having only two-wheeled modes of transport in our house; no trikes, no big wheels, no three-wheeled scooters, no training wheels.  “You’re torturing them,” the grandparents scoffed.  “They...
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July 24, 2014
Fifty years ago today, Jetsun Tenzin Palmo was ordained as a novice Buddhist nun by Khamtrul Rinpoche, one of the first Western women to take the vows. Forty years ago on the same date, she became the first Western woman to be fully ordained. It was...
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July 19, 2014
Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield trained as a monk in Burma 40 years ago; recently, he went back and observed first-hand the seemingly contradictory Buddhist campaign against Muslims there.
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July 13, 2014
"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat. "You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.
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July 1, 2014
Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt...
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June 29, 2014
Tenzin Palmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."
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May 28, 2014
The truth is: without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.   Father Theophane, a Christian mystic, writes about an incident that happened when he took some time off from his secular...
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May 11, 2014
It's said, in traditional Buddhism, that over the course of our many lifetimes every being has been our mother. In traditional Asian societies, this was meant to help us see with the eyes of love and compassion.
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May 5, 2014
In re-listening to one of Ethan Nichtern's classes at the IDP, I was struck by something he almost said. In a class about the importance of sangha (the collective level), he stated that if you were all alone in the universe, enlightenment could...
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