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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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Mindfulness Has an Edge

Written by David Nichtern

When we practice mindfulness meditation, one of the first things we notice is how un-mindful we are. It is like going back to the gym and realizing how out of shape we...

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What's Keeping Us from Meditation?

Written by David Nichtern

I think it’s fair to ask ourselves early on, why are we afraid of just sitting still? Why are we terrified of that? Or irritated by it? Actually, it’s for you...

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Mindful of the Mouth

Written by David Nichtern

Our mouth is the gateway to so many kinds of karma. What goes in (food, drink, etc.) becomes inextricably linked with who we are and how we feel. What goes out (speech...

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