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Lion's Roar
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Women Who Show Us The Way
The Buddha established a fourfold community of his followers: lay women and men and monastic women and men. Stirred by compassion for all beings, without heed for gender, caste, color, or status, he laid out a blueprint for his ministry in which the
Lion's Roar2 min de lecturePsychology
5 Transmutation
THE ROLE OF BUDDHIST practice altogether is to tame the mind and quell the uproar of negative emotions. Such emotions are powerful. They can easily overtake us, and once they do they lead quite naturally to harmful behavior toward ourselves or others
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Ignorance: The Dharma And The Fruit Fly
A couple of days ago, I was talking to a fruit fly that was hovering around the kitchen while I was preparing to heat up dinner. “It’s a good thing that I believe in the sanctity of life,” I said to the fly, opening the microwave door. Then I laughed
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Detox Your Mind
I THINK WHAT MAKES BUDDHISM unique—what makes it Buddhism—is its diagnosis of what causes suffering, which is called the second noble truth. Looking at the other noble truths, most religions acknowledge the pervasive reality of suffering, that it can
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Simply Satisfying
I WAS THE SORT OF child who had a meltdown when her peas touched her chicken or her ketchup slid over to her potatoes. Family meals were frequently lost under my wails. Any attempt at explaining to me that everything was going to wind up in the same
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3 Letting Go
FROM THE MOMENT Siddhartha left his palace until now, Buddhism has been, at its heart, a practice of renunciation. We tell the Buddha’s story as if he gave up everything for the spiritual path, but of course, he didn’t, not really. He put down one li
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1 Mindfulness
THE PALI WORD FOR THE three poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion is kilesas. This is translated in a number of ways: as poisons, toxins, defilements, stains, vexations, or afflictions. But I lean toward an alternative translation: torments of the h
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Finding Myself In The Garden
“Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are.—José Ortega y Gasset GROWING A GARDEN is an act of love and hope. A garden cannot be planted without them. They are as essential as soil, air, and water for the garden to grow
Lion's Roar4 min de lectureGender Studies
“Those Poor Women”
FUNIE HSU, PhD, is an assistant professor of American studies at San José State University. She was raised, and continues to practice, in the Taiwanese Humanistic Buddhist tradition. Years ago, I was at a professional dinner, chatting with a young vi
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4 Wisdom
INTERBEING IS A TERM INVENTED by Thich Nhat Hanh to describe the profound interconnectedness of all things: that nothing can exist by itself alone; it can only ever inter-be with everything else. So when in Buddhism we speak of “no self” or “emptines
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Anger: A Bedtime Story
My eleven-year-old has had trouble sleeping since the pandemic started. When I sit with her to help her fall asleep, I drift off, and she repeatedly wakes me to comfort her. Although I wish I were a perfect mommy, this is a recipe for me to get angry
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4 Better Ways To Relate To Money
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you had a positive attitude toward money? For millions of Americans, financial troubles are real and difficult. Particularly in this time of pandemic and economic contraction, many people are struggling with job loss, reduced i
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James Ishmael Ford
I WAS BORN IN 1948, in Oakland, California. My father was orphaned young, then badly wounded in the Second World War. Someone told him you meet nice girls at church, so he went to a small fundamentalist church, where he met my mother. She came from p
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Thus Has She Heard
GRACE SCHIRESON is the author of Naked in the Zendo and Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters. From the very beginning of Buddhism, there was a revolutionary declaration that women were capable of achieving liberation, using t
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Kids And The Climate Crisis
IT’S OUR CHILDREN who will suffer most from the climate crisis. As we struggle with our own emotional reactions to global heating and wonder what we can do in response, Buddhist wisdom offers us ways to understand, cope, and act. It also gives us a f
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THE DHARMA OF DINOSAURS (and Other Cool Stuff)
“TO ME, HUMAN TIME is insignificant,” says Jingmai O’Connor, an expert in Mesozoic birds and curator of fossil reptiles at the Field Museum in Chicago. “People get trapped in their time frame and can’t accept impermanence. By studying paleontology, y
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Thanks To Guanyin
IN 2019, I VISITED the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the home of a larger-than-life sculpture of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion. The statue, carved from paulownia wood and dating back to twelfth-century China, came to the museum in 1920. It
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For Women’s Liberation
Ann Gleig is a scholar of religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida, a leader in progressive Buddhism, and the author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity. She notes that when women attempt to address sexism in Buddh
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Health practitioners and end-of-life care partners, parents, educators, and anyone who works with others—all of us can benefit greatly from the Contemplative Care approach to life. Bring gentleness and wisdom into all the ways you’re responsible for
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2 Love
THE TRADITIONAL HEART practices of generosity, loving-kindness, and tonglen are powerful medicines for the unwholesome effects of the three poisons. Greed, or craving, is rooted in the delusion of scarcity, and so it can be remedied with the practice
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Truth In Fiction
FOR THIRTY YEARS now, I’ve been going on retreat several times a year, often for weeks at a time. From my small room in a Benedictine hermitage high up above the California coastline, the sea scintillates all around, a still blue plate impossible to
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The Lady In The Tent
ON A COLD NOVEMBER NIGHT, a woman crouches in the rain. As I prepare dinner, I see her through the window of my third-story condo. She’s conspicuously alone, with no umbrella. She shouldn’t be there, and yet she is. Uncannily still, she doesn’t shiel
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Her Story
WHAT IF WE REIMAGINED the story of the Buddha from the perspective of Yasodhara, the wife he left behind? Bride of the Buddha (Monkfish), a novel by scholar and writer Barbara McHugh, does just that. This unique telling traces Yasodhara’s path as a s
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The Feminine Face Of Enlightenment
CHRISTINA FELDMAN is the author of Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World and Woman Awake: Women Practicing Buddhism. Female buddhas and bodhisattvas occupy a central role in the Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Temples and monasteries in China
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WHEN MEL WEITSMAN DIED in early January, he left behind a legacy that continues to unfold in American Zen. A Soto priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, his dharma name was Hakuryu Sojun—White Dragon/Essence of Purity. As a respected teacher
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Attachment: My Big Mistake
When I first came to Buddhism, I heard “Attachment is the cause of suffering” and thought I knew what it meant. I was in recovery, I’d given up alcohol, and my life had gotten better. So it seemed simple enough: figure out what you’re attached to tha
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The Intimacy Of Covid
Dizang asked Fayan, “Where are you going?”Fayan said, “Around on pilgrimage.”Dizang said, “What is the purpose of pilgrimage?”Fayan said, “I don’t know.”Dizang said, “Not knowing is most intimate.”—Zen koan MY INTIMACY WITH COVID-19 began in my own b
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A Poisoned World
THE WORLD IS BURNING BECAUSE OF US. Not only wild ecosystems, but human social systems around the world teeter at the brink of collapse or have already fallen over the edge. Refugees press against borders, driven by climate change, war, demographic o
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How Old Is This Moment?
THERE IS A CLASSIC KOAN in the Zen tradition, called “Sun Faced Buddha, Moon Faced Buddha.” In this koan story, Zen master Baso is dying. The head monk comes to visit him and asks Baso, “How are you doing?” Baso replies, “Sun Faced Buddha, Moon Faced
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