Relaxing into Freedom
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by James Shaheen
6h ago
According to psychotherapist Bruce Tift, Buddhism and psychotherapy both seek to provide freedom from unnecessary suffering, yet they approach this goal in ways that are fundamentally irreconcilable. For Tift, the distinction lies in how each approach understands what it means to be free. In his book, Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path to Liberation, he lays out the key differences between Buddhism and Western psychotherapy—and what we can learn from holding these contradictory energies simultaneously. In a recent episode of Tricycle Talks, Tricycle’s editor-in-chief, Jame ..read more
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‘Birth and Death Are Nirvana’
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by Eihei Dogen Zenji
1d ago
Just understand that birth and death itself is nirvana, and you will neither hate one as being birth and death nor cherish the other as being nirvana. Only then can you be free of birth and death. This present birth and death is the life of Buddha. If you reject it with distaste, you are thereby losing the life of Buddha. If you abide in it, attaching to birth and death, you also lose the life of Buddha. But do not try to gauge it with your mind or speak it with words. When you simply release and forget both your body and your mind and throw yourself into the house of Buddha, then with no str ..read more
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The Rigpa of the Beatles
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by Jonathan Cott
2d ago
This article was excerpted and adapted from the book Let Me Take You Down: Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever by Jonathan Cott, published by the University of Minnesota Press. John Lennon wrote “Strawberry Fields Forever” in Almería, Spain, in fall 1966, and in November, in response to that song, Paul McCartney wrote “Penny Lane” at his home in London. A culmination of what was one of the most life-altering and chaotic years in the Beatles’ career, these two songs composed the 1967 double A-side 45 rpm record that has often been called the greatest single in the history of popular mus ..read more
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Is an Aspiring Bodhisattva Allowed to Have Boundaries?
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by Tara Anand
3d ago
In a relationship, can one exude boundless compassion while simultaneously setting healthy boundaries? As an intent dhamma practitioner and an inherently caring person, I have anxiously deliberated this complicated issue when torn between my aspiration to act selflessly in service of others and the desire to act on behalf of my embodied self. While the former feels more in line with buddhanature, in my experience it can often result in being taken advantage of or manipulated by those I love the most. And while choosing the latter provides more security, it can just as easily lead to doubt, gu ..read more
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Toshiko Takaezu’s Hidden Worlds
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by Sarah Fleming
6d ago
When ceramist Toshiko Takaezu (1922–2011) was asked if she considered herself an artist, she responded that being an artist goes beyond the question of painting or making pots. “An artist is a poet in his or her own medium,” she answered. “And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has an unsaid quality; it contains a spirit and is alive. There’s a nebulous feeling in the piece that cannot be pinpointed in words.” This unsaid quality animated much of Takaezu’s own work, and she herself could be difficult to pinpoint: As a ceramist and weaver, she worked at the intersection of pottery ..read more
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Konda Mason on Compassionate Activism
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by Konda Mason
1w ago
On July 13, Buddhist thought leaders from across the country will convene for the online event, Save Our Democracy, a gathering of visionary talks, reflections, and music to raise funds for pro-democracy actions in key swing states. The event, which is being organized by the group Mind Our Democracy, has the mission of getting contemplatives off their cushions and involved in civic life. As one of the group’s cofounders—along with Tara Brach and Thanissara—Konda Mason clearly knows what is at stake. The social entrepreneur, ecospiritual thought leader, mindfulness teacher, and justice advocat ..read more
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The Mind’s Projection
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by Scott Tusa
1w ago
I’d like to share a few ideas about how our thoughts may shape our world. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha teaches us that:  “All things have the nature of mind. Mind is the chief and takes the lead. If the mind is clear, whatever you do or say will bring happiness that will follow you like a shadow… If the mind is polluted, whatever you do or say leads to suffering which will follow you as a cart trails a horse.” The core part of this quote is this phrase: “All things have the nature of mind.” This can mean very different things in different contexts or different vehicles of Buddhism, bu ..read more
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The Baby Bull, a Buddhist
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by Barbara Gates
1w ago
From 1984 to 2015, Inquiring Mind was a semiannual print journal dedicated to the transmission of buddhadharma to the West. The archive contains all thirty-one years of Inquiring Mind interviews, essays, poetry, art, and more—now hosted by the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. Please consider a donation to help with the ongoing expenses to keep the site running. Baseball Hall of Famer and SF Giants great Orlando Cepeda (aka “Baby Bull,” aka “Cha Cha”) passed away Friday, June 28, at 86. This piece is presented in his memory. “Buddhism saved me,” says baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda (193 ..read more
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Dogen in a Hammock
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by Leath Tonino
1w ago
Some texts are just plain hard. Finnegans Wake, for instance, or anything by Martin Heidegger. I appreciate the challenge of dense, weird writing, and I appreciate the argument that stories and ideas occasionally demand the experimental stretching of language and logic. Otherwise, the argument goes, we remain in a too-comfortable and too-familiar realm, where the words on the page are mere inky markings: not moving, not breathing, not life-disrupting nor life-enhancing. But still. Every time I crack open certain tricky books—every dang time!—my eyelids get heavy and my mind wanders, and the m ..read more
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Best of The Haiku Challenge (May 2024)
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by Clark Strand
1w ago
With the basic ingredients of haiku consisting of only the 5-7-5 syllable pattern and a season word, there is tremendous freedom of expression within the form. That freedom manifests itself in terms of style and tone, but it is the turn of thought that the poet adds to a haiku that gives each poem an individual stamp. Though grounded in objective imagery, the winning and honorable mention poems for last month’s challenge embraced a remarkable range of meanings. Marcia Burton echoes one of the oldest themes in Western art with her image of the water inside a seashell “cradling the blue sky ..read more
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