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CultureMagazine | Brief Teachings

A Full Load of Moonlight

Ten Stanzas Written on Cloud-Shrouded Terrace (No. 6) Sitting upright at the foot of clouds, too lazy to lift my head, I have no more dharma words for the Chan practitioners. Everything under the sun makes…

By Chan masters

Magazine | Brief Teachings

What to Do When the Anger Gets Hot

Americans think it is beneficial to “get in touch with” their anger. That’s just the first step—recognizing your anger. The second step is analyzing and meditating on your anger. The tradition to which I belong [Gelugpa]…

By Ngawang Gelek Demo Repoche

Magazine | Brief Teachings

The Single Thing

“I don’t envision a single thing that, when      undeveloped, leads to such great harm as the      mind. The mind, when undeveloped, leads to      great harm.” “I don’t envision a single…

By The Buddha

MeditationMagazine | Brief Teachings

The Chaos Under the Hood

Chaos is the mind of the self, of selfing, of unconscious habit patterns run wild. The mind of chaos is what is referred to in Buddhism as dukkha, or suffering. It is a chronically stressed mind,…

By Kathleen Dowling Singh

Magazine | Brief Teachings

No Magic, No Miracle

Purify your mind. This is how you can help society; this is how you can stop harming others and start helping them. When you work for your own liberation, you will find that you have also…

By S. N. Goenka

Magazine | Brief Teachings

Being Held by the Dharma

There’s no switch that turns on enlightenment. You move toward it with your effort. It’s an effort that might be unrecognizable to those who think “effort” means trying hard. You have to try soft—to be curious…

By Nancy Thompson

CultureMagazine | Brief Teachings


My throat is a clenched fire, an arson’s match. All day long I have watched a huge porcupine like a pile of coal or a burnt stump move about the yard in the cold rain eating…

By Mark Hart

CultureMagazine | Spotlight On

Will Horowitz

“To cook is to immerse ourselves in the cycle of life.” So says Will Horowitz, the executive chef and owner of Ducks Eatery in Manhattan. Ducks specializes in heritage techniques: culinary traditions passed down by cultures…

By The Editors

MeditationMagazine | Practice

The Way of Ryokan

A daily morning ceremony to invite strength, tranquility, and wisdom into your life throughout the week

by Eido Frances Carney | photography by Ryuten Paul Rosenblum

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