Chinese legend has it that if a carp swims up a waterfall, it transforms into a dragon. Be like that carp, says Koshin Paley Ellison. Throw your whole self into waking up.
It takes intensive meditation practice to wear away your habitual patterns and discover the enlightened nature underneath, says Barbara Rhodes.
In the third issue in our 40th anniversary series, Melvin McLeod looks at how Western Buddhists can deepen their practice and study of Buddhism.
University courses can help even committed practitioners expand their knowledge of Buddhism’s history and context, says Daijaku Judith Kinst. Academia is making a valuable contribution to the dharma, and vice versa.
Study and practice work together, says Judy Lief, to undermine ego. They’re the great disrupters.
Nisha R. Shah of Spirit Rock Meditation Center looks at how to support the development of the seasoned, knowledgeable practitioners that Buddhism needs. Our best guide is the three jewels.
We can’t just blindly meditate, says Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Our practice must be illuminated by deep, critical study of the Buddhist teachings.
As creator of The “Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler changed the way the world regards women’s bodies. Lindsay Kyte tells her story.
Buddhist translator Scott Wellenbach won more than $650,000 playing poker. He’s giving it all away to charity.
The three marks of existence—impermanence, suffering, and no self—are the Buddha’s basic description of reality.