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The Dharma of Alienation: Part 2 of 2

In response to the delusion of separation and alienation, Buddhist teachings emphasize interconnectedness. Overcoming Alienation  All the above (click to read Dharma of Alienation Part 1) is an effort to understand some of the factors that cause people today, especially young people, to feel isolated and alienated. By emphasizing these issues, I do not mean […]

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Newsletter: May 12, 2015

…we should live in intimate reliance on one thing only: “care for skillful states” – meaning practicing the path” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 12, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other page on this […]

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The Dharma of Alienation: Part 1 of 2

New media technologies sometimes encourage a kind of “hyper-individualism” because we spend less and less time meeting and interacting with other people – often not even with members of our own families. We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.  – Thich Nhat Hanh The English word “alienation” is from a Latin […]

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Newsletter: May 5, 2015

The insight was stunning. I began to realize what daydreaming had done for me — and to me….” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, May 5, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other page on this site (see […]

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Enter…the Bodhisattva, Part 2 of 2

Is there something specific within the Buddhist tradition that can bring these two types of transformation together in a new model of activism connecting inner and outer practice? Enter…the bodhisattva. Click to read Enter…the Bodhisattva, Part 1. According to the traditional definition, the bodhisattva chooses not to enter the state of perfect peace, nirvana, but […]

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Enter…the Bodhisattva, Part 1 of 2

…when we do not acknowledge the importance of individual transformation, social transformation is repeatedly subverted by powerful elites taking selfish advantage of their position. David Loy on why the bodhisattva ideal is what the world needs now. Unless you’re on a long retreat in a Himalayan cave, it’s becoming more difficult to overlook the fact […]

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Newsletter: April 29, 2015

Zen only sets up simple conditions that invite us to examine or truly taste our own experience—what is this consciousness, what is this human body, what is this seeing, hearing, feeling, breathing, thinking? Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, April 29, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page […]

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Toward a New Buddhist Story: Part 3 of 3

We who have language assume we are superior to animals. In fact, our linguistic representations of the world are superior to the world itself, since they can control it. Ironically, the sense of a self that uses language is itself an artefact of language—a linguistic construct   Click to Read Toward a New Buddhist Story […]

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Toward a New Buddhist Story: Part 2 of 3

What is called for now is not people seeking to transcend this world but people who take responsibility for its well-being. Click to Read A New Buddhist Story: Part 1 The Axial Age & Cosmological Dualism The German philosopher Karl Jaspers popularized the idea of an Axial Age (800-200 BCE). He believed that during that […]

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