The Struggle of the Non-Yuppie Dharma Practitioner

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Originally shared by +Asian Classics Institute – San Diego

My Lama never charged a dime for everything he taught me over 10 years. Neither do I charge when I teach. But still, I could have written this article myself. It pains me that Buddhist practice (and yoga) still appear to be mostly for the skinny, rich and white in America. What do you think can be done? I miss teaching and I miss doing retreat, but I'm too busy treading water.
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White Trash Buddhist | Tricycle
I am forever in debt to the handful of teachers, writers, and thinkers who introduced me to Buddhist practice, provide constant inspiration, and continue to shape my knowledge of this path. Actually, I’m just forever in debt. Every time I get in my 12-year-old car and rattle away to the nearest …

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At least during the summer I have no answers

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At least during the summer I have no answers. We'll see what the Fall brings

 
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But it's hard sometimes, Kundun!If we are demoralized, sad and only complain, we’ll not solve our problems

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Originally shared by +Dalai Lama

If we are demoralized, sad and only complain, we’ll not solve our problems. If we only pray for a solution, we’ll not solve our problems. We need to face them, to deal with them without violence, but with confidence – and never give up. If you adopt a non-violent approach, but are also hesitant within, you’ll not succeed. You have to have confidence and keep up your efforts – in other words, never give up.

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Confused about #meditation and what it does for you? This study can help

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Study contrasts physiological affects of mainly Theravada- and Vajrayana- derived meditation practices, relaxation verses arousal.

Originally shared by +Asian Classics Institute – San Diego

Confused about #meditation and what it does for you? This study can help

Experienced meditators know that it's not all about relaxation or removing stress. Stress is not bad! It is a force for positive change in your body and mind. Meditation is for greater wisdom and compassion, not to just relax. If you are too relaxed, you don't understand the situation we're in.

Ancient meditation technique sharpens cognitive skills (Wired UK)
Different types of meditation elicit different types of physiological response, and can vastly improve cognitive skills

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