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Set Your Intention & Rejoice in Your Day

Two candles, by Gerhard Richter. Thupten Jinpa teaches us two great practices to start and end every day. In the Tibetan tradition, we recognize compassion as both the highest spiritual ideal and [...]

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Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem

A personal meditation practice is the foundation of Buddhism, but do we need more? Essentially we make the journey alone, but many people find that committing themselves to the three jewels—Buddha, dharma, and [...]

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Four Ways to Connect With Your Community

Whether you’re part of a full-scale Buddhist center or the humblest of sitting groups, there’s always more you can do to share your energy and practice with others. Brooklyn Zen Center executive director Greg Snyder [...]

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Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Sit

Set aside a room or corner or a cushion that you use just for sitting. The sound of a bell is a wonderful way to begin sitting meditation. If you don’t have a bell you can download a recording of the sound of a [...]

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Are We Really Meditating?

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel examines common misconceptions about Buddhist practice that can derail even the most seasoned practitioners. What is meditation practice? When are we genuinely practicing and when are we [...]

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How to Practice Metta with Children

You’re never too young to practice loving-kindness. Gail Silver on how to teach metta to your kids. When I returned home after attending my first silent retreat, I was overflowing with loving-kindness and found [...]

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How to Eat an Apple

Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung show you that the simple act of eating an apple mindfully can bring you many delights. Let’s have a taste of mindfulness. Take an apple out of your refrigerator. Any apple will [...]