Using Inquiry to Unpack the Buddhist Teachings

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Special Guest Post by Lama Palden

What happens when, instead of defending ourselves against our suffering, we welcome it with awareness? What is that like?

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Dreaming on the Dharma

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Special Guest Post by Joan Sutherland, Roshi

As the Buddhadharma takes root in many lands outside Asia, we can expect the unexpected.  Are we dreaming the Dharma afresh, or is it dreaming us in ever-new directions?

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Psychotherapy as Preliminary Practice

Can psychotherapy support beginning meditators on their journey of self discovery?  Can a skilled clinician serve as a means for clients to glimpse their awakened state? Will processing feelings lead to a state of mental tranquility?

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Buddha Nature

Special Guest Post by Sharon Salzberg

When asked about self hatred the Dalai Lama said, “Self hatred. What is that? But you have Budddha nature. How could you think of yourself that way?” How can Western Buddhists gain confidence in Buddha nature and nourish our capacity to offer lovingkindness to ourselves?

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Aspiration for American Buddhism

What would be the key ingredient to a “melting pot” of American Buddhism — one Buddhism, rather than many? How can students of different Buddhist traditions help and support each other on the road to freedom?

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