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If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” —14th Dalai Lama

We live in an interconnected world. Like ripples in a pond, our thoughts, speech, and deeds influence and affect each other, waxing and waning like a delicate dance of our lives unfolding. Read on for reflections, thoughts, and theories that examine how we interact with each other and our environment.

ABC – Am I Asian or Western?

The Mind  |  The Tribe   |   Bhikshu Jin Chuan  |   June 25, 2014, 1:57 pm

Growing up as an ABC (American-Born Chinese) was quite challenging because I often had to navigate two different worlds.  At school and with my American friends, I lived one existence.  Back home, with my family, another. I find that Asian and American value systems are often quite different, sometimes even in opposition. I find that [...]
[Admin note: We’re very happy that Alexandra’s piece has been published on Huffington Post. Here is the repost in its entirety.] Last spring, my friend Paris Carriger was diagnosed with liver disease and told he had just a few months to live. His voice from the hospital was weak but calm. “This isn’t the first [...]

Anticipating Bliss

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Lauren Bausch  |   August 2, 2012, 6:00 pm

“Happiness in a new size,” reads a billboard on Telegraph Avenue at 40th Street in Oakland. The “New 89¢ 12.5 oz.” bottle of Coca-Cola. In a time when “nirvana” is sold in a bottle, where do I turn in pursuit of happiness? Why am I looking at all? Since the 19th century, American advertising strategies [...]

Tuning In

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Lauren Bausch  |   July 10, 2012, 4:30 pm

As I tuned in, I noticed that I was hearing not only Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C. Major, but a cacophony of noise provided by my own mind.   Just as the soloist was accompanied by dozens of other performers, my perception of the concert was accompanied by past mental structures.  Thoughts, sensations, and images sounded, not always in harmony, with the orchestra. [...]

Patience: In a Crowd or While Alone

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Brooks Hansard  |   July 5, 2012, 4:30 am

When I was a sophomore in college, I recall having profound loneliness, and as a result, depression. Logically, there was no reason for me to feel lonely, because I had a girlfriend, as well as a group of supportive male friends. Yet, I still felt bitterly lonely. [...]

Solitude vs. Loneliness

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Alexandra Gross  |   July 3, 2012, 5:00 pm

In a recent post, Patience and Solitude, James wrote about what it has been like to give up so much of his previous existence in order to live a simpler, more solitary life at CTTB.  I was struck by his observations about the challenge of loneliness; it got me thinking about the differences between loneliness [...]

Patience and Solitude

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   James Roberts  |   June 29, 2012, 5:15 pm

When I came to live at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, I was very idealistic. I was determined to make a big shift in my life, a shift that required a lot of idealism, and a little bit of courage too. I was putting on hold many of the expectations about what I had been taught about success, particularly with regard to making money or having a romantic relationship. I was giving these things up in order to follow what seemed to be greater ideals.... Like all romantic notions, there was some truth to these ideals, and there was some fantasy as well. [...]

It’s a Moral Issue

The Monastery  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Ajahn Guna  |   November 11, 2011, 6:45 am

After the Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) Walk to Feed the Hungry in South Bay CA, I was invited to spend time with Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi at his residence in Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY. There were BGR meetings about to take place and were interested in having more Buddhist monastics involved in their programs. I [...]