Raj Barua

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Confession of a Bhikshuni

So freed! So freed!<br>So thoroughly freed am I —<br>from my pestle,<br>my shameless husband<br>& his sun-shade making,<br>my moldy old pot<br>with its water-snake …

Samsara Documentary Trailer (2012) by by Ron Fricke and Mark Madison

Brilliant Documentary, Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson, focuses on how human lives revolve in ignorance greed, anger. …

Documentaries

Bowing: Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on Non-Duality and Big Mind

After zazen we bow to the floor nine times. By bowing we are giving up ourselves. To give up ourselves means to give up our dualistic ideas. So there …

Meditation
Meditation

Making Space for Mental Investigation by Lama Yeshe

The profound mind is like a desert; nothing can grow in a mind full of pride.<p>Every word that is spoken by Lama Yeshe, is a word of wisdom. His words …

Meditation

Sword of Compassion?

<b>Zen at War</b><br>Brian Victoria<br>Weatherhill: New York, 1997<br>228 pp. $19.95 (paper)<p><b>The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II</b><br>Iris Chang<br>Basic …

Meditation

12 Best Vegetarian Sources of Protein

There’s no denying that our culture is <i>obsessed</i> with eating protein. So it should come as no surprise that vegans and vegetarians are constantly …

Nutrition

Is meditation the answer to cognitive decline?

In a study endorsed by the Dalai Lama, individuals who regularly meditate were followed over 7 years. The authors conclude that meditation can …

Meditation

Dispel of Negativities

Just as tree blossoming with leaves, fruits and branches,<br>With its root severed. all tens and hundred thousands of its<br>leaves and branches dry up,<br>Just …

Mind

Hearty Vegan Fare: Indian Potatoes and Lentils

Preparation<p>In a stockpot or large saucepan, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and stir for 30 seconds. Add the curry powder and …

Food

I Do Not Eat My Friends

When we realize that what we are eating is another living being who wanted it’s life and did not want to be killed in such a ghastly condition and …

Human Rights

Zesty Quinoa Salad Recipe

"This bright and colorful salad is a great summertime recipe (or anytime you want to feel like it's summertime). Light and citrusy, it's a whole new …

Food

An Introduction to Zen

It’s March, and that means <b>Meditation Month</b> is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your …

Meditation

A Mind Pure, Concentrated, and Bright

Leigh Brasington, 55, has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1985 and is the senior American student of the German-born Theravada teacher Ayya Khema. …

Meditation

Forget About Consistency

<b>A Zen teacher was talking with a colleague about a student.</b> “I’m quite puzzled by this one student. I told her to rest attention on the breath and …

Meditation

Dogen's Thoughts on Birth and Death

<i>Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) left Japan to study in China and then brought Zen Buddhism back to his own country. The seminal philosophical force of</i> …

Spirituality

Compassion

May my heart be always be Pure<br>May my words be always the words of Wisdom<br>May the sole of my feet never Kill an insect<br>In a beautiful eyes the world …

Compassion

Pema Chodron: a Buddhist teaching on Loneliness, Rejection & a Broken Heart.

<b>The greatest lover of your life is your heart, which we all share. Make friends with it! I highly personally recommend a spot of Pema Chodron for a</b> …

Om Mane Padme Hung by Ani Choying Drolma

ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྂ<p>Om (A U M) – Pure Exalted Body, Speech and Mind of Buddha<br>Mane – Like a wish filling Jewel that dispels all the miseries, may I have …

Spirituality

In the Pure Land of the Present Moment

A discourse by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as told by his disciple Sister Dang Nghiem. Illustration by Tomi Um.<p>This is what I heard. Thich Nhat …

Meditation

Energy Can Not Be Created Nor Destroyed, Only Transformed.

It is the power of positive thinking that manifests all of our emotions and thoughts into reality and the foundation of any transformation we wish to …

Spirituality

Entering the Jhanas: Focus Comes First

Perhaps no aspect of the Buddha’s teaching has been more misunderstood and neglected than right concentration. Yet right concentration is an integral …

Meditation

When Chocolate Cake Runs Out by Robina Courtin

WHAT IS MIND ?<p>Is Mind a brain or is it a function of the brain? Like a bulb emitting light, when one ceases the other one ceases too. This is indeed …

Meditation

26 Amazing Avocado Recipes for the Avo-Obsessed (Yeah, You)

Is there anything avocados can't do? From topping salads and toast to being the star ingredient in desserts, avocados can make just about anything …

Healthy Eating

Leading with Less Ego

<b>Rasmus Hougaard</b> and <b>Jacqueline Carter,</b> of the global consulting firm Potential Project, make their case for mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion in leadership. Their survey of 30,000 leaders showed those characteristics are foundational — and often missing from leadership development programs. …

Leadership

Namo Ratna Traya Ya by Ani Choying Drolma from Inner Peace

NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA / NAMO ARYA JNANA SAGARA, VAIROCHANA / BYUHARA JARA TATHAGATAYA / ARAHATE SAMYAKSAM BUDDHAYA / NAMO SARWA TATHAGATE BHYAY ARHATA …

The middle way: Finding the path to Buddhism in the Western world

In my second year of university, I decided that it was time to get serious about school. I had felt like I could always be working harder, and when I …

Master Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh reveals the brutal truth about happiness in less than 2 lines

We’ve all asked the question, “what is happiness?”<p>Is it a feeling? Having stable circumstances in life? Or is it something that’s deeply personal and …

Meditation

Phenomenon

The various delightful flower blossoms<br>The sparkling supreme golden abode stands; So alluring<br>For none there is a Creator<br>It is all posited by …

How to Make Crispy Smashed Potatoes

If you think long and hard about all the different ways that you can use potatoes, it can start to feel overwhelming. Boiled, mashed, roasted, …

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