Addiction Emergency
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Addiction Emergency

Whether it’s donuts, heroin, or praise that we crave, we all have addictive behaviors. This guide to beginning to break our compulsions is adapted from Chönyi Taylor’s book, Enough! A Buddhist Approach to Finding Release from Addictive Patterns. An addiction emergency happens when we suddenly find ourselves about to repeat an addictive pattern, or even … Continue reading

Prayer, Awareness, and Choosing Enlightenment: An Interview with Anam Thubten
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Prayer, Awareness, and Choosing Enlightenment: An Interview with Anam Thubten

Jeff Cox: Sometimes when I’m troubled, I’m moved to pray. But as a Buddhist I don’t think of it as asking God for something. What is your view on the purpose of prayer? Anam Thubten: There are many ways to understand prayer. It means something different from person to person—and even for the same person, … Continue reading

Understanding the “Four Orders” of Tibetan Buddhism
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Understanding the “Four Orders” of Tibetan Buddhism

Being identified with one of the four orders—Geluk, Kagyu, Nyingma, or Sakya—may say less about one’s practices than we think, according to Ngawang Zangpo, translator of Jamgon Kongtrul’s The Treasury of Knowledge: Books 2-4: Buddhism’s Journey to Tibet, in this adaptation from his translator’s postscript. The four orders of Tibetan Buddhism are, simply put, institutions—containers … Continue reading

When Difficulties are a Sign of Progress
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When Difficulties are a Sign of Progress

In his Dzogchen teachings, Guru Padma sambhava urged his disciples to keep going beyond the boulders on the road of meditation. In Tibet, there are lots of boulders on the roads, but in America, we would probably say “the potholes in the streets.” Experiencing these difficulties is a sign that you are actually moving. Whether … Continue reading