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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? — by Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

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Meditation practice free of cultural baggage

It seems that Western Buddhists today are pretty much aware that we need to get rid of the Asian backpack we are carrying around—with its heavy load of cultural forms and all the stuff we use to dress up the dharma. If we want to discover “what works” for us today, we have to look into this backpack, and see what’s essential and what’s for show. — by Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

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

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 having a great experience with it, how can we know whether it’s right for us? How do we decide if the teachings of the Buddha are going to be a good fit? — by Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

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