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About three decades ago I spent a year as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. It was a very austere life, dedicated to meditation and simplicity. One of the trainings I practiced was to only take one meal a day from the food collected...

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Omega: Why is mindfulness so important for our times?

Sister D: When I was in my second year of medical school, I had to make the decision whether to do a four-year program or a five-year program. I was...

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In the Buddhist tradition, there are three stages on the path of practice: Listening, Reflection, and Practice. The first stage, listening came from the historical setting of the Buddha’s time, when there was no radio, DVDs, or the Internet. The...

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In the Buddhist tradition, there are three sublime practices:

The first sublime practice is the generation of a compassionate and loving heart, also known as pure intention. We begin each activity with the positive intention that our...

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Omega: What instrument would you still like to learn how to play?

Jimmie: I would love to play the piano. I always regret that I didn’t learn the piano. I also would like to play the electric guitar....

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Tara Brach, Buddhist teacher and author of Radical Acceptance, reveals how to find a moment to "come home" in the midst of our busy daily lives. Brach refers to this as a sacred pause, in which we are better able to celebrate...

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Watch Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön explain how to be angry in a way that leads to tender forgiveness, not a cycle of rage, shame and guilt.  Use meditation to feel the fire inside of you, just as it is.

 

 

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More than four decades is a long time to be engaged in one activity. Have I managed to do meditation every day no matter what? No. Have I often experienced states of bliss that kept me going? No. Did my knees hurt? Yes. Did my shoulders ache?...

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When my first book Being Black came out in 2000, I was chagrined by what I had done. I realized that, out of my love and appreciation for the dharma, I issued this invitation to people of color into the American Buddhism ...

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Omega: Forgiving yourself can be just as hard as forgiving others. How can we find the self-compassion to forgive?

Tara: If you can’t forgive yourself, then bring to mind someone...