Featured Articles and Journals: dukkha

December 4, 2017
Modern life is anxiety-ridden.  A surprising number of my students have diagnosed anxiety disorders.  Things don’t always go our way, and often it feels like they never do.  We spend inordinate amounts of time planning and...
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July 14, 2015
Excerpt from The Art of Disappearing by Ajahn Brahm.
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January 11, 2014
January Is IDP Responsible eConsumption Month, and I've been observing it by not turning on electronic devices during the first hour I'm awake. The experience has been as different as the days.
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December 16, 2013
The first truth of Buddhism is that suffering is inevitable. There's birth, old age, sickness, and death -- and Instagram. Actually, according to a New York Times article, "The  Agony of Instagram," the photo-sharing app is related to the...
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October 18, 2013
What do you feel grateful for?  After watching a video on the benefits of gratitude I was inspired to start a gratitude journal from October 1st to the US Thanksgiving.  After talking to others about it, I decided every morning I...
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August 5, 2013
I went on a retreat this weekend, and one of the practices was a metta (loving-kindness) guided meditation.  The instructions included repeating certain phrases, first about myself, then about my family, then a close friend, then a stranger,...
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July 26, 2013
  There is a neurological condition called Alice in Wonderland syndrome that adversely affects the way things are perceived. People who suffer from this syndrome may perceive parts of their body as somehow misshapen or much larger or smaller...
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June 19, 2013
Sometimes I walk around the East Village in the evenings after work and see all the young people my age strolling around with their lovers, groups of friends chatting happily in cafés, cute guys dressed up for a night out on the town, families...
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June 14, 2013
  It’s often said that all of us essentially want the same two things: to be happy and to be free from suffering. And this desire to be happy and to not suffer is a great equalizer in that most of our behavior is fueled by these two desires we...
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May 31, 2013
  Recently I was having one of my weekly interviews with my teacher. I was talking about how hard a time I was still having working through the emotions around my recent break-up. It’d been just over two months, and I was feeling as if the hurt...
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March 4, 2013
  1. Meditation demonstrates that all things are interdependent and constantly changing. Initially, the realization that we’re all in a life situation that is fundamentally groundless may be quite daunting and even depressing. But it’s not...
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August 21, 2012
My earliest memories of being happy are of playing in the ocean. When our family began going to Cape Cod in the summer, the low piney woods, high dunes, and wide sweep of white sand felt like a true home. We spent hours at the beach, diving into the...
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June 30, 2012
Can you go to the beach without comparing yourself to the other beings there? Because, well, that leads to suffering.
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October 17, 2011
Let’s face it--Buddhism has a rather gloomy reputation. Sure, the words “kindness” and “compassion” sometimes come to mind when someone hears the “B” word, but all too often, what most people think of when...
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July 11, 2011
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June 14, 2011
  Everyone experiences unfortunate events - catching the flu, losing a wallet in a taxi, getting fired from a job, having a root canal, breaking up with a lover, spraining a wrist in yoga class, dealing with the decline of an aging parent...
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May 31, 2011
Whenever I'm socializing with friends or family,  invariably some part of the conversation is devoted to complaining.  From the political, ("I'm sick of hearing about those stupid "Birthers"), to the financial (...
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May 11, 2011
I'm super stoked about my medallion status on Delta Airlines. As I write this, I'm in the air earning the MQMs I need to achieve Platinum status on Delta. That's 75,000 Medallion Qualification Miles, which entitles me to a whole host...
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April 26, 2011
This body will be a corpse, but... not just yet.  I'm certain of it, due to the Sacroiliac Joint Discomfort which has provided a sturdy base of support for my mindfulness of body practice. 
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