Jack Kornfield on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Regina Stribling, who writes on Buddhism for Examiner.com, unearthed this tasty nugget of Jack Kornfield's—his talk, The Seven Factors of Enlightenment—where he shows us how to "taste the freedom of reconnecting with the openness and luminosity of mind that is our true nature." 1. (Focus and Investigation) Recognizing the emotional/mental state or behavior: When an emotion [...]

Happy to see The Happiness Trap

By Alan Brush This book cheered me up just by hearing about it: “The Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris, recently reviewed in The Times. It cheered me up because it offers advice based on the new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a recent form of Western psychotherapy. Talking about creating a meaningful life, Harris says, “Of course, as we attempt to create such a life, [...]

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art Receives Listing on the New York State Register of Historic Places

STATEN ISLAND, May 1, 2009…The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is pleased to announce its recent listing on the New York State Register of Historic Places.  “The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a distinctive part of New York’s rich heritage,” said Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “I’m sure the [...]

Construction update and Karmapa news from Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

From the newsletter of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, NY (from Patrick Cliett, Construction Manager): The radiant-heated floors are completely installed in the new building. The heat has been on all winter enabling the crews to work. The windows have been installed and trimmed inside - they are beautiful! But that’s not all. The steel framing is up between the rooms [...]

Ancient pagoda in Burma collapses; some still trapped underneath

AFP News reports: "An ancient pagoda collapsed close to Burma’s main city of Yangon Saturday injuring more than 30 people, most of whom were soldiers working on reconstruction of the site, police told AFP. A police officer said it was not known why the Danok pagoda in Dalla township, sat across a river from Yangon, had fallen suddenly in the afternoon, but the collapse came [...]

San Francisco Zen Center Statement Regarding Supreme Court Prop. 8 Decision

From San Francisco Zen Center: "On Tuesday, May 26, the California Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 amendment to the State Constitution, banning same sex marriage. At the same time, it upheld the marriages of the 18,000 couples who had already been married between the previous Supreme Court case and Election Day. For many years, San Francisco Zen Center has performed [...]

At Buddhist Center, Thai kids caged with pythons

From PR-Inside.com - "Thai high school students on a school trip to a Buddhist meditation center were asked to lie in coffins primed with the stink of rotting flesh and share a cage with several pythons. 'Our purpose is for them to develop strength of mind,' Saifon Pandito, chief monk at the Ban Saphan Yao meditation center, said Friday. But Thai media reported a python [...]

Simon Critchley: Happy like God

Maybe your philosophy-101 textbook was as dry-as-a-bone and your philosophy class (MWF 11:00 to 12:00) was a good opportunity to doze. But don’t hold that against Simon Critchley. Though he’s professor and chair of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York, he’s way more interesting than the prof you had. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Simon [...]

Hudson Shotwell accepts award for environmental organization

Longtime Shambhala Buddhist, Hudson Shotwell, traveled to Ottawa earlier this month to accept a national award on behalf of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC). Hudson Shotwell, an EAC board member and volunteer, also runs a fair-trade coffee shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Ecology Action Center, a non-profit, has acted as a voice for Nova Scotia’s environment for over [...]