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Are we in touch with our rebel spirit?

Are we in touch with our rebel spirit, always questioning and testing? Can we take our “no fear” approach too far? Or by rigidly holding to the “right” rules and rituals, are we actually losing spiritual ground and just shoring up the ego? Is it possible to cut ourselves off from our own clarity and wisdom, all the while thinking we’re playing it safe? Are we in touch with our rebel spirit, always questioning and testing? Can we take our “no fear” approach too far? Or by rigidly holding to the “right” rules and rituals, are we actually losing spiritual ground and just shoring up the ego? Is it possible to cut ourselves off from our own clarity and wisdom, all the while thinking we’re playing it safe?
The nonconformist, revolutionary spirit is found in many great historical teachers in all the Buddhist traditions.

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Meditation practice free of cultural baggage

Meditation free of cultural baggage

The following post, “Backpacking East to West” by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. How important is it to get free of the Asian baggage we may have picked up along with our meditation practice? How can we tell if we’re clinging to the familiar for its own […]

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How to practice meditation in your busy life: View the world as your cave

Meditation Practice: View the world as your cave

The following post, “Staying in My Cave” by Mitra Lee Worley, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. What does it mean to practice the discipline of meditation, when your kids or your co-workers are driving you nuts? When you keep making mistakes? If you can’t get away to a cave, how […]

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Choosing a spiritual practice: How do we know what works?

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The following post, “How Do We Know What Works?” by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. When we’re choosing a spiritual practice, a path or even a meditation teacher, what guidance can we rely on — how do we know what works? Even though a friend may be […]

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On the Paramita of Patience, Some Musings – by Mitra Lee Worley

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The hardest part of practicing patience is seeing those who irritate or insult me as my benefactors and support for practice. “Be grateful to everyone” is a helpful slogan that reminds me, but often the first thought I have is anything but gratitude. . . .

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