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Norman Fischer’s Zen Primer

Norman Fischer's Nothing Holy: A Zen Primer is worth the read. It's brief, informative, and points its readers toward what is both essential and revealing about the crash of the Zen wave in America. (Bows to Shambhala Sun...

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An enlightened White House policy on wine

Those who know me best are familiar with my appreciation of wine. I also appreciate food, too. There's such magic and mystery to both wine and food; an infinite expression of Dharma in the glass and on the plate. Paired perfectly, Nirvana is revealed at the table....

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k.d. lang talks of her practice

There's an interesting interview that k.d. lang offers over at Shambala. k.d. lang’s album, Watershed, reflects the dramatic changes in her life since she became a committed Buddhist. Here she talks for the first time about her Buddhist teacher and practice. (Bows,...

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The Edge of Awareness

In Self Awareness: The Final Frontier by V.S. Ramachandran, we're treated to a neuroscientists take on what he calls "One of the last remaining problems in science is the riddle of consciousness." Especially interesting is his treatment of qualia, and how even if we...

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The Dalai Lama oversimplifies

Uh oh. According to The Times of India the Dalai Lama sees the global recession as a spiritual issue. He says: Lack of spirituality and culture is the main cause behind the rampant corruption in the world. People have become selfish and materialistic, which has led to...

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“Buddhist Rabbi” Alan Lew dies

A sad day for many of us inspired by Rabbi Lew's work. The Buddhist Channel offers the story here: Rabbi Alan Lew, who helped cultivate a spirituality bridging Judaism and Buddhism and left a legacy of social activism in the Bay Area, died unexpectedly Monday while...

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Redux: In Mind

I wrote about this in Chapter 4 of AiTL. Here's another look. Past and future veil God from our sight. Burn both of them with fire. —Rumi What is troubling us is the tendency to believe that the mind is like a little man within. —Ludwig Von Wittgenstein The only...

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Off to an Infinite Smile intensive…

I always love leading these things. But at the same time, I sometimes wonder if the words will come. I know I can't attach to outcomes. If I did, I'd be frustrated with myself as well as many of my students. Instead, I find myself wondering what might happen once I...

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