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Practising Listening with Empathy, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Originally posted on Buddhism now:
Yesterday, Sister True Virtue talked a little bit about the fourth precept concerning speaking and listening. This is a very deep practice. Listening is an art, and many people do not have the capacity for it, especially in the case of listening to the suffering of others. One reason for…

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Mental Health Buddhism

Can Buddhism Cure Mental Illness?

I am so overjoyed at the growing interest in Buddhism. As a practice, it has been proven over the past 2,600 years that the Buddha truly understood the nature of the world and his enlightened teachings have been the path for countless others to understand the nature of dukkha (discontentment) and how to reduce or […]

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Bon Leader Visits Pittsburgh

Originally posted on Buddhism in Pittsburgh:
I sat quietly as His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Gyalwa Menri Trizin (the world wide spiritual leader of the Bon tradition of Tibet and abbot of Menri Monastery new Dolanji, India) offered me a bowl of almonds from a simple wooden bowl. An attending monk offered me tea,…

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Books on Buddhism

General Reading: Karen Armstrong.  Buddha.  London: Phoenix, 2004. Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chödzin Kohn.  The Buddha and his teachings.  Boston: Shambhala, 2003. Rick Fields.  How the swans came to the lake:  A narrative history of Buddhism in America.  Boston & London: Shambhala, 1992. Buddhist magazines: Tricycle: Awake in the world.  Quarterly.   http://www.tricycle.com/ Shambhala Sun: Buddhism, culture, meditation, life.  Bimonthly.  http://www.shambhalasun.com/ […]

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The Enlightenment of the Buddha (short short version)

The Buddha was not born the Buddha. Historically, it is accepted that his name was Siddhartha Gautama. He was born into a princely life kept away from worldly troubles and provided a life where he was to only to know pleasure. One day, Siddhartha left his castle with his charioteer. He came across an ill […]

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A Brief History of Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha Shakyamuni, lived and taught about 2,600 years ago in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. His philosophical discoveries and teachings have resounded down through the centuries, traveling from teacher to student across continents and oceans to reach us today. Like a pebble dropped in a calm pond, Buddha’s impact traveled like […]

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Have A Soul When You Have “No Self?”

One of the more challenging concepts to address for a Christian practicing Buddhism is the answer to the question “is there a soul if there is ‘no self’?” I believe there is an answer, but can I provide it without writing a very long book? Let’s see if I can make the argument! I attempted […]

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Suicide, Survivors: Buddhism

A dear friend contacted me. Her ex-husband and father of her child had taken his own life. She was feeling isolated and wanted someone to talk to her a bit about the issues she was dealing with. Her now-husband was not relating to her since she was estranged from the ex-husband. We talked strategies for […]

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Buddha and Jesus

God, Buddhism, Christianity and Science

I have received a lot of comments over my article “Can you Be A Christian Buddhist?” They have brought on the two big questions I will attempt to answer next, “Can there Be A God in Buddhism?” and “Can you have a Buddhist soul?” My talking and teaching over the past two years as taught […]

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Buddhist Same-Sex Marriage

I hear the words bandied about “traditional marriage.” And as a minister, I get asked, “What is the Buddhist position on same-sex marriage?” What would Buddha say? In truth, the Buddha would probably respond to the question with another question, “How does this issue lead to the understanding of suffering and the cessation of suffering?” […]

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Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh 4th Annual Vesak

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Worry- How We Keep Ourselves From Happiness

This is the question of all questions. If the Buddha was happy growing up he never would have left his castle, his riches, his wife and child. Studying faith and religion didn’t make him happy. Suffering and starving to cleanse himself didn’t make him happy. There is a general unhappiness that comes from living. The […]

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Buddhism Compliments Christianity and Islam.

Reverend Sumitta,  Is the difference between Buddhism and Christianity that Buddhism starts without belief and Christianity starts with belief? Dear Dhamma-follower, The best explanation I give for Buddhism compared to theistic faiths is that Buddhism is a practice of realization and theistic faiths are ones of revelation. They both have faith/belief. Faith means to have […]

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Who Is Meditating If There Is No “I”?

A meditator asked me, “If we are not dualistic, made of mind and body, then what is observing in mediation?” What a simple question that leads to a very challenging answer. “Who is the observer if we are observing that there is no ‘I’?” In order to answer this question we must look at how […]

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Sumitta quotes 2011

The following are  quotes from this year that I have said and liked. Most happened during teachings or during counseling. Many of them became my twitter or FB status updates. Now I am putting them all together. Do not leave your mind drag behind you. Do not throw it far in front of you. Do […]

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