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How We Can Use Meditation to Improve Our Relationships

Written by David Nichtern

For some of us, meditation may feel like an extension of the “me” culture in which it’s all about me, myself, my mind, and my body. But what about the...

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The Future of Buddhism in the West

Written by David Nichtern

The essence of Buddhism, I think most Buddhists would agree, is to cultivate awareness and compassion and to explore our existence in an open and unbiased way. In some...

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‘Slow Enlightenment’ in a Quick Fix Culture

Written by David Nichtern

In the old days in Japan, a spiritual aspirant would kneel in the snow at the gates of the monastery for several days before either gaining entrance or being turned away.

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Awakening from the Daydream

Written by David Nichtern

I’m a Buddhist and as a Buddhist, I am trying to follow the Buddha’s example of an “awakened being” — but what does that really mean?

When we...

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Coming Out Of Meditation Retreat

Written by David Nichtern

A few years ago I completed a 12-day silent meditation retreat at Karme Choling, Shambhala International’s Buddhist Meditation Center in Vermont. Literally, as soon...

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Modern Buddhism: Language And Culture In A Shrinking World

Written by David Nichtern

Seven years ago I was swimming in a lake in Tuscany. Nearby a small boy appeared to need help getting into his little boat — naturally I gave him a hand and he...

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Tolerance and Bullying

Written by David Nichtern

Lately there’s been a lot of discussion about childhood, adolescent and young adult bullying in schools. The bullying can take the form of psychological, emotional,...

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Are Conflict And War Inevitable?

Written by David Nichtern

If you study history, it seems that conflict and warfare are part of the very fabric of our human existence.

To understand the basis of conflict, all you really need to do...

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Recovering the Joy in Your Life

Written by David Nichtern

One Saturday morning I was walking from my apartment in downtown NY up to lead a weekend meditation workshop. As I often do, walking through New York streets, I popped in...

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