Featured Articles and Journals: suffering

February 25, 2016
The New York City Subway is not exactly the first place that comes to mind when we hear the phrase “Lovingkindness.” Lovingkindness, or “Metta,” is a meditation practice that captures the expression of tenderness towards oneself and other beings.
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February 12, 2016
In a talk last year at the New York City Shambhala Center, angel Kyodo Williams said that if your practice isn't in some way alleviating suffereing, you should change practices.
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February 11, 2016
Hello, friends from IDP! Here I am! See me waving from Southern California? I'm sweating a bit. We are having a "mid-winter heat wave" here in Los Angeles. Ninety degrees in February! It's hard to pick the right socks to wear when the mornings are...
July 14, 2015
Excerpt from The Art of Disappearing by Ajahn Brahm.
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May 19, 2015
Excerpted from Toni Bernhard's How to Be Sick. In this book, Bernhard shares ways to make “being sick” the heart of a spiritual practice — and through truly learning how to be sick, learn how to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. In...
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February 2, 2014
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of press these days, with a lot of new science coming out and people wanting to find sanity in an increasingly complex world.  We should not be surprised, then, if the press begin to make hyperbolic...
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January 6, 2014
If resisting change creates suffering, how can we address climate change in a way that is compassionate to the ecosystem and ourselves?
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December 30, 2013
It's the time of year when we are most often asked to "think of the less fortunate." But what if we felt empowered to take action that might actually help them? #OpSafeWinter, inspired by the lessons learned at Occupy Wall Street and from teachers...
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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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August 12, 2013
I’m wearing one of my favorite ϋber-geek t-shirts (shown to the left).  It reads, “I had friends on that Death Star.”  It makes me cry.  It makes me laugh.  It reminds me that there is always another side to consider.  My...
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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
In a recent Tricycle blog post subtitled “Chinese Policing Tibetan Areas Suffer from PTSD” posted on the Tricycle blog, Alex Caring-Lobel describes the current state of T
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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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by Paul S
March 13, 2013
A few days ago, a Brooklyn teenager died after he was shot eleven times by NYPD officers.  His name was Kimani Gray, and according to his sister, he was a good kid who kept his head down. 
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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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by Lani
February 21, 2013
My last two blog contributions were morning ruminations. This one is a bit earlier…or later I suppose. As I am writing this, it is Wednesday evening and all is quiet. The pup and wife are in bed, and I am up ruminating. Ruminating about meaning and...
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by Lani
January 31, 2013
This morning I received a strange gift from the universe.
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January 28, 2013
The controversy surrounding whether meditation practice should be accessible to those suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) brings up a lot of interesting and important questions.
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December 2, 2012
I was planning to write a post today about holiday gift-giving and how we're all under so much pressure to buy presents that we forget what it's like to be generous.  Except on Saturday I started to feel pain around my right eye.  I...
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November 20, 2012
  “Reality is always kinder than the stories we tell about it.” - Byron Katie Can you imagine understanding, even loving, someone who belongs to a group of people responsible for killing your father, brother, or best friend? Can you...
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November 12, 2012
My neighbor has a great big dog. It's a little smaller than a horse. You can't go outside with a dog like that without training it first. Otherwise, it'll just pull you down the street, terrifying every man, woman, and child along the way. Our minds...
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August 22, 2012
“Wisdom doesn’t look like one thing.” DPR This is easy to forget. Today it looks like structure and ferocity. Tomorrow it may look soft and vulnerable.  It may look like what naturally arises, but it may also be the opposing force to what seems...
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August 9, 2012
After our son was born, nearly six months ago, I marveled at the lessons he taught me. His determined effort to self-soothe was clear, even as was incapable of the act. His attention to the importance of every step was inspiring. He treated every...
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July 21, 2012
How can I respond to tragic events thousands of miles away?
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