The Packrat Gene and the Clutter Queen

((With the new year upon us, many will be thinking about “de-cluttering” their lives for a fresh, new start. Buddhism and Taoism teach us that all that “stuff” we acquire and become attached to is actually detrimental to our lives and our spiritual well-being. With that in mind, this is a piece I wrote a…

One Man’s View of Karma and Rebirth

STEPHEN BATCHELOR (b. 1953), Buddhist teacher, author, scholar Author of Buddhism Without Beliefs In this video, Stephen Batchelor presents his view of Karma and Rebirth and the reasoning that supports his perspective. In the video he mentions “dukkha,” which is an important concept in Buddhism: “Dukkha is commonly explained according to three different categories: The…

A DHARMA TALK: Being Present

Gil Fronsdale is a Buddhist who has practiced Soto Zen and Vipassana since 1975, and is currently a Buddhist teacher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’ collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982…

Expanding Our Circle of Compassion

Charter for Compassion is signed by people from all over the world and endorsed by organizations representing the diversity of religions and cultures: . “The charter has been translated into more than 30 languages: The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as…

BARDO NEWS: Walk to Feed the Hungry

This just came in from Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddist Global Relief. Walks are happening in: San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angles, California; Willington, Connecticut; Tampa Bay, Florida; Ann Arbor, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; New York, New York; Houston, Texas; Seattle, Washington; Beanteay Meanchey, Cambodia; Nagpur, India. . Dear Friends, Today close to a…

A Force of Nature

The waters are rising. We have had many days of rain the past couple of months and the rivers are running high, many in flood. Here on the western flank of Vermont rain falls in the mountains and tumbles through rocky streams to the rivers, then into the lake. We are told the water is…

Contemplative Photography: Listen with the Eye of the Heart

Contemplative photography is a practice I try to observe. So often, I end up reserving it for vacation times. However, with the advent of phone cameras and the increased capabilities they have, contemplative photography is at my fingertips every day! I am reading a book on contemplative photography and would like to share some of the thoughts it is stirring in me and the information it has. The book is Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Christine Valters Paintner. You can find her at Abbey of the Arts.

Gil Fronsdale on Empathy

This Sunday we bring you a dharma talk by Gil Fronsdal. Sunday Chaplain, Terri Stewart (ClockedMonk) is on vacation. Gil Fronsdale is a Buddhist who has practiced Soto Zen and Vipassana since 1975, and is currently a Buddhist teacher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers’…

Kindly Kitchens …

International Women’s Day 2013 by Paula Kuitenbrouwer (Mindful Drawing) Editor’s Note: Life happens and I apologize for bringing this post of Paula’s to you so late after the day it honors. Nonetheless, the message of kindness must always be delivered; and, I think her message is valid and beautifully delivered. I thought it important that…

Originally posted on Begin Again:
What are you planning that will bring you rest? “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  ― Gautama Buddha by T. Stewart

MONKS, MOBS, AND THE PROBLEMS OF POLITICAL BUDDHISM

A little something we’ve published before, but worth another read. Rob Rossel “It is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and in protecting them, commit acts seemingly prompted by hatred, delusion and ill-will. Ideally, lands should not become ‘sacred’ for simple reasons.…

THERAVADA SPIRITUALITY IN THE WEST

THERAVADA SPIRITUALITY IN THE WEST by Gil Fronsdal While the Western contact and study of the Theravāda tradition goes back to the earliest Christian missionaries in Sri Lanka in the sixteenth century and to European scholars in the early nineteenth century, the beginning of popular Western interest in and inspiration from Southeast Asian Buddhism began…

INTENTIONS

Reblogged from July 2012. J.D. OUR INTENTIONS — noticed or unnoticed, gross or subtle – contribute either to our suffering or to our happiness. Intentions are sometimes called seeds. The garden you grow depends on the seeds you plant and water. Long after a deed is done, the trace or momentum of the intention behind…

THE END OF SUFFERING

Hearing the bell I let go of all my afflictions My heart is calm my sorrow ended no longer bound to anything I learn to listen to my suffering And to the suffering of others When understanding is born in me Compassion is also born by Thich Nhat Hanh, Br. Phap Niem, Michael Stillwater and…

PROFESSOR ROBERT THURMAN’S MEME …

“Professor Robert Thurman of Columbia University draws attention to the treasonous behavior of congress persons who have made pledges to Grover Norquist that contradict their pledges made to the United States as congress persons.” Jason Dunbar who uploaded this video to YouTube. Robert Thurman holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Jey…

COMPASSION AT THE CORE

1st Row: Christian Cross, Jewish Star of David, Hindu Aumkar 2nd Row: Islamic Star and crescent, Buddhist Wheel of Dharma, Shinto Torii 3rd Row: Sikh Khanda, Bahá’í star, Jain Ahimsa Symbol COMPASSION AT THE CORE by Jamie Dedes “Compassion is the pillar of world peace.” H.H. 14th Dalai Lama, A Human Approach to World Peace The peaceful path of compassion is at the core of all the wisdom traditions, the conduits by which…

Originally posted on The Beyond Within:
I was going to blog from the temple, but of course it ended up panning out differently. It was a wonderful weekend and it’s great to see how things are progressing there. The last couple of days I’ve been putting together the piece for Vantage Magazine, and here is…

SURFACE AND DEPTH

  THE BUDDHA AND THE INTERNET by Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I keep asking myself, what would the Buddha have done if he had access to the Internet? Long ago, we are told, he said, don’t take my word for it, try my teachings out, test them, and see how they work in the real world. That…

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THINGS

Zhuangzi Dreaming of a Butterfly by Lu Zhi (1496–1576), Ming dynasty, mid-16th century Ink on silk, 29.4 x 51.4 cm THE TRANSFORMATION OF THINGS by Jamie Dedes A Man sleeping … yes! A Butterfly flitting… yes! Zhuangzi, dreamer of Butterfly, ponders what joy there might be in that tiny Butterfly brain, so small too small to be perceived by…

LOVING YOURSELF SELFLESSLY, Part 2 of 2

LOVING YOURSELF SELFLESSLY Part 1 of 2 by Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Let us now begin to go a bit deeper into the issue of loving oneself.  In their deepest and most profound manifestations, both Buddhism and psychotherapy confront the mystery of being.   Often times crises or maddeningly persistent and resistant problems bring practitioners face to face with suffering as a gateway to insight and personal…

LOVING YOURSELF SELFLESSLY: Part 1 of 2

LOVING YOURSELF SELFLESSLY Part 1 of 2 by Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. In 1992 James Hillman and Michael Ventura published an informal, wild, and irreverent book about psychotherapy entitled We’ve Had A Hundred Years of Psychotherapy – and the World’s Getting Worse (1992: 3-4). In it, Hillman says: We’ve had a hundred years of analysis, and people…

LOVING YOURSELF SELFLESSLY: Introduction

To study the dharma is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. Dōgen LOVING YOURSELF SELFLESSLY An Introduction to an Essay in Two Parts by Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Two basic questions at the origin of many therapeutic journeys are what does it…

BUDDHIST ART: Animals

Video uploaded to YouTube by  TheBuddhaGallery  Extremely high quality Thai Buddha Head  from the Ayuthaya period. More finely cast and more artistically sculpted than most of the pieces created during that time. Loss of the earlobes, but otherwise a truly striking piece. The curator of The Buddha Gallery One of his students asked Buddha, “Are…

NINE GATES: ENTERING THE MIND OF POETRY

NINE GATES: ENTERING THE MIND OF POETRY by Jane Hirshfield (b. 1953, American) author and poet Review by: Jamie Dedes (Musing by Moonlight)   An award-winning author and poet, Jane Hirshfield has published seven collections of poetry in addition to  Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, a collection of essays. Her most recent book of poetry is Come, Thief (August 2011). In collaboration with Mariko Aratoni,…

THE CALL, Part 4 of 4

THE CALL Part 4 by Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. As we walked together toward the cafeteria, I thanked him for helping me clarify what had happened to me, while continuing to ponder the irony of our conversation.  Rev. Ainsworth and I spoke the same language but were worlds apart in our understanding of each other’s experience.  That…

PERSPECTIVES ON CANCER #31: Isolation

Although this book concerns living with chronic illness … which may not be life-threatening but is certainly quality of life-threatening … many of the issues Toni Bernhard discusses are relevent issues for cancer patients. Not the least of these issues is isolation. The book is available online through Barnes and Noble and Amazon or through the…

BUDDHIST GLOBAL RELIEF: Walk of Compassion

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Found of Buddhist Global Relief The gift of food is the gift of life. ~ The Buddha Buddhist Global Relief 2nd Annual Walk to Feed the Hungry 3.5 mile walk • Saturday, September 10, 2011 9:30 a.m. Check-in • 10:00 a.m. Walk • Rain or Shine! Riverside Park, W. 83rd St. &…