Dharma Practice and Language

Can I really practice dharma in my own language? Won’t something get lost in translation? What language did the Buddha actually speak?

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How Is Meditation Like a Snickers Bar?

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If we want to taste the truth about our mind and our world, where should we begin? And what does meditation have in common with a Snickers?

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The Art of Buddhist Inquiry . . . Q & A with a Smile!

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What’s the value of questions and questioning? How can we make the best use of our questions (and answers) to see ourselves and situations with greater clarity?

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Staying in My Cave

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What does it mean to practice the discipline of meditation, when your kids or your co-workers are driving you nuts? When you keep making mistakes? If you can’t get away to a cave, how can you face your demons?

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Celebrity Worship & Coffee Table Dharma

Why do we look toward celebrities and even our iPhones for the truth? What about looking inside our own mind? Is coffee table dharma enough to wake us up?

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Expanding Our Sense of Community: Western Buddhists and Interfaith Dialogue

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Has Buddhism in the Western World, especially in America, become a collection of private clubs? How can we engage collaboratively with seekers of other faiths — and with Buddhists from other traditions as well?

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Basic Training for Life

“Basic training on the Buddhist path involves working with our whole being—body, speech and mind.”

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What Is Rebel Buddha?

How can our natural sense of rebelliousness help us on the spiritual path? How might it hurt us or others? Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explains the title of his new book, due out from Shambhala Publications on November 9, 2010.

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Don’t Meditate

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Do you ever sit for meditation, hoping for a peaceful experience? What ‘s your approach when it doesn’t happen? Dennis Hunter suggests it’s possible, and even practical, to forget about meditation completely when you’re sitting.

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Truth or Trend?

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Everyone is looking for The Truth, but just what exactly is truth? Can an idea be true today but false tomorrow? Or is there such a thing as timeless, immutable truth? How do you know the difference between a feel-good fix and the truth that calms all sufferings?

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