Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

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December 2013

December 31, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe

The second session of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings on the 18 Great Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) Commentaries at Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, at the request of H.E. Ling Choktrul Rinpoche and Gaden Shartse Monastery on 25 December 2013 to 3 January 2014.

The second session of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings on the 18 Great Stages of the Path...

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December 31, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe

This excerpt is from CNN’s “Five moments that changed their lives” by Moni Basu, John Blake, Daniel Burke, Wayne Drash and Jessica Ravitz.

Noah Levine woke up in a padded cell, his forehead bloody and bruised, his wrists raw from his latest suicide attempt. The previous day, he had literally beaten his head...

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This excerpt is from CNN’s...

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December 31, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
Another New Year - Sitting still in the dark zendo and breathing with others is exactly what Natalie Goldberg needs. On this last night of the year, she wonders what this human life is all about. Nirvana Baby Steps - “I have tiptoed into nirvana,” writes Barbara O’Brien of About.com Buddhism, “and... read more »
December 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bhante Suhita Dharma, the first African American to be ordained as a Buddhist monk. Buddhist Peace Fellowship has a lovely tribute to him, as does The Jizo Chronicles. How can we continue meditation during sleep? Jade Mountain Buddha Hall has some help. Mind... read more »
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bhante Suhita Dharma, the first African American to be... read more »
December 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The word meditation in the modern world often has the connotation of doing something special to calm the mind or try to achieve some altered state of consciousness. But the Sanskrit word for meditation is bhavana, which simply means “cultivation.” In fact, we are all cultivating our minds in one way or another all the time,...

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“The word meditation in the modern world often has the connotation of doing something special to...

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December 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

Today's morsel comes from The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret Instructions by Gyumed Khunsur Lobsang Jampa, a translation and commentary of The First Panchen Lama’s Easy Path (de lam). In this selection, Geshe Lobsang Jampa looks at the work's instructions for generating ...

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Today's morsel comes from The Easy Path: Illuminating the First Panchen Lama’s Secret...

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