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November 3, 2014
by Lydia Anderson

In honor of our latest memoir, Zen Encounters with Loneliness by Terrance Keenan, we are sharing excerpts from our memoir collection this month. This week's morsel comes from Katie Willis Morton's The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed. After the death of her six-week-old son, Liam, Katie embarked on a...

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In honor of our latest memoir, Zen Encounters with Loneliness by Terrance Keenan,...

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October 29, 2014
by Kamala Tiyavanich

Various monkey species inhabited the forests of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Local people would capture monkeys and train them to do work that men could not do easily. One day Jumnien heard that a company called Nakhon Phan was offering twenty-five baht (about one U.S. dollar) for every live monkey brought to them. This...

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Various monkey species inhabited the forests of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Local people...

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October 27, 2014
by Lydia Anderson

In honor of our new book, Zen Cancer Wisdom, we are sharing words of wisdom on sickness, caregiving, and health. This week's morsel comes from Toni Bernhard's How to Be Sick. In this book, Bernhard shares ways to make “being sick” the heart of a spiritual practice—and through truly learning how to be sick, learn how...

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October 22, 2014
by The Dalai Lama

This chapter is from the Dalai Lama’s new book, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions.

2. Refuge in the Three Jewels

All Buddhist traditions agree that taking refuge in the Three Jewels is the demarcation of becoming a Buddhist. While people may take refuge in the Three Jewels for a variety of reasons, stable...

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This chapter is from the Dalai Lama’s new book, ...

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October 21, 2014
by Daniel

In honor of our new book, Zen Cancer Wisdom, we are sharing words of wisdom on sickness, caregiving, and health. This week's morsel comes from Medicine and Compassion by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and David Schlim, MD. In this book, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dr. David R. Shlim use the teachings of...

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October 15, 2014
by The Dalai Lama

Dependent Origination

In the Dependent Origination Sutra Buddha states:

If there is this, that ensues; Because this came into being, that came into being. It is thus: Due to ignorance volition arises…

In other words, in order for a particular event or experience to take...

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Dependent Origination

In the Dependent Origination Sutra Buddha...

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