Hi, DRBU and DRBA community.  Buddhist Global Relief has announced its 2012 “Walk to Feed the Hungry” fundraising events. [...]

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 [...]

Etchings of Education

The Scene  |  The University   |   James Roberts  |   July 25, 2012, 6:18 pm

In a recent post about architecture and education, I explored a few questions about physical space, the space of the mind, what this has to do with learning, and how we might choose to construct educational spaces with these questions in mind. They originate with all parents’ concern for their children, a concern for our [...]

Mental Blind Spots

The Mind  |  The University   |   Franklyn Wu  |   July 19, 2012, 2:03 pm

Daniel Kahnemann is a Noble laureate in economics and a psychologist at Princeton University. Dr. Kahnemann, in collaboration with others, is a major force in turning the discipline of psychology into the realm of science. In this discipline, the underlying, fuzzy-at-the-edges postulate by the pioneers of western psychology remains fairly intact: human beings are primarily [...]

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. [...]