Buddha

Find your peace in 2012

How are you doing with your New Year resolutions? Did you make any? Quit smoking, get fit, spend more time with the family. Lose weight, get out of debt, quit drinking. Get more creative, be more productive, set better goals or no goals, do what you love, make X number of sales, win that promotion. [...]

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I love you no matter what you celebrate–or don’t

I don’t do Christmas. It all started when I was 17. I had been working for a few months as a waitress in a mountain resort hotel where they offer room and board for employees. It was a great solution to my homeless situation as well as a job; I had left home for good [...]

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Start your own personal peace project with these five steps

If we are afraid to touch our suffering, we will not be able to realize the path of peace, joy, and liberation. —Thich Nhat Hanh The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching Many of us worry about wars, terrorism, and violent crime. And we might think we have to join the Peace Corps or the United [...]

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The surprising truth about hot fudge sundaes

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha When I was 19, I worked as a short order cook and sandwich maker in a kosher-style deli in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Back in the early 80s, the Catskills—or the “Borscht Belt,” as the area was known—were at the tail end of [...]

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To Japan, with love and chopsticks

In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength. ~Buddha Last Saturday, I watched the news about the earthquakes and tsunami more times than I can count. Each time, I watched until I could stand it no more. I grabbed a tissue to dry my eyes, shut the TV off, [...]

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