Is the Buddha story a hoax?

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                The Buddha once said we shouldn’t blindly accept any of his teachings, simply because he was the one to give them, but rather we should question everything, and discover the truth for ourselves. Socrates told us a similar thing, and I always try to incorporate this sense of doubt into my Buddhist training. Because …

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Why is it so hard?

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              Like most people who study Buddhism, I didn’t start by going to a temple or by taking a class. I started by reading a book about Buddhism or meditation which somehow caught my eye, and decided I wanted to learn more about it. By the time I finally decided to step foot into …

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Why do the Jedi lie? Honesty and The Force

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Why do the Jedi lie? I love fan theories on films and books, especially when they are well thought out and have evidence to back up the claims. These theories can cause us to see something from a different perspective and challenge our preconceived beliefs. While some of these theories are incredibly complex such as …

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Who should play Black Panther? Does Race swapping work?

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Who should play Black Panther? Race has become such a sensitive topic in America lately that I feel like a bigot whenever I separate the lights from the darks while doing laundry. In a somewhat silly attempt to prove race isn’t an issue anymore, there has been a trend in the entertainment industry to have …

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Where does guided meditation actually guide us to?

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Have you ever tried guided meditation? As a meditation teacher, every now and again I’m asked about it. I have a few problems with the theory of guided meditation, but before we get to that I need to provide you with a huge disclaimer: I am very bad at leading guided meditation. This might be …

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Utilizing the anger of others

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Anger can be a tough monster to control. If you don’t learn to master your anger, inevitably someone will learn to use it against you. While this is an easy concept to understand, until you can apply it in your daily life, it’s just a bunch of words. The first time I put this theory …

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Saving yourself from mental quicksand

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When I was a boy, I was afraid of quicksand. The threat of it seemed to be very real to me even though I lived smack in the middle of an urban city. At least once a month on my favorite television programs, either Wonder Woman, The Six-Million-Dollar Man, or The Incredible Hulk all found …

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PTSD; Feeling Powerless Over Our Emotions

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Have you ever been overcome by emotion and not known why? Have you ever found yourself in the grips of depression, the throws of rage, or paralyzed with fear for no apparent reason? It’s as if the polarity of your emotional spectrum can flip from joyful to depressed, from centered to enraged, without any conscious …

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What went right at Comic Con

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In a previous blog post (see link below), I talked about my meltdown at the San Diego Comic-Con. While I listed in that posting all the things that went wrong in San Diego, a small act of happenstance happened at that convention, which made the entire trip worth it. The convention floor is insanely packed. …

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What’s so hard about sitting?

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What’s so hard about just sitting? I had a coffee date with a friend one morning, and I was planning on meeting her after my morning meditation. For some reason, a lot of painful experiences came up for me during this meditation session, and hence, I was a little melancholy when I showed up for …

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