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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 plain the Path— might as well hang my mouth on the wall and shut up. —Huaishen (1077–1132) I’m Happy […]

By Chan masters

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] teaches that analytical meditation must be combined with concentration meditation. So analyzing your thoughts, your ideas, your emotions, is […]

By Ngawang Gelek Demo Repoche

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 thing that, when developed,      leads to such great benefit as the mind. The      mind, when […]

By The Buddha

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, a mind of taking everything personally, of constant reactivity both gross and subtle. Such a mind is the consequence […]

By Kathleen Dowling Singh

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 started helping others to come out of their misery. One individual becomes several individuals—a slow widening of the circle. […]

By S. N. Goenka

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 and open to whatever it is that results. Effort doesn’t mean gritting your teeth and pushing through to the […]

By Nancy Thompson

Brief Teachings

Mercy

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 apples, satisfying the soft, needy underside she protects, and I think I know what it is to cause anguish […]

By Mark Hart

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 that existed prior to modern food preparation methods like refrigeration and appliances like ovens and microwaves. Instead of these, […]

By The Editors

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Broken Buddhas

California-based artist Matthew Monahan makes figurative sculptures that are at once heroic and shapeshifting, futuristic and art-historical. They evoke art of the past and art of other cultures, including Buddhist ones. Here, he talks about his work and his recent exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in New York. Your work regularly evokes art of the […]

By The Editors

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Books in Brief Fall 2014

                      The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (Princeton University Press, June 2014, $24.95, 288 pp., cloth) undertakes an exhaustive, scholarly history of the titular work of ancient Indian philosophy, lightened by author David Gordon White’s provocative wit. White begins in disbelief over why many modern-day yoga […]

By Max Zahn

Parting Shot

Seeing Buddha: A Photographic Journey

When I first began talking about this project, many people asked me, quite reasonably, whether I was a Buddhist. The answer to that question is not so simple: both “yes” and “no” and neither “yes” nor “no.” My first real exposure to Buddhism came in 1986, when I visited Tibet as a college student along […]

By David Butow
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