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When A Parent Dies

When A Parent Dies Sometimes we avoid things we don’t want to accept or acknowledge as true, a futile attempt to hold onto the bliss of unknowing.  Days after my mom passed away last year, I sat down and wrote … Continue reading

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Prajnaparamita Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion

Prajnaparamita Part I: The Diamond Sutra There is much to learn from all of the Buddhist scriptures and each of the three main branches of Buddhism have their own interpretations of the texts.  For those who follow the Theravada tradition, the … Continue reading

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The Passenger

The Passenger: Commentaries on the Nature of Consciousness What is consciousness?  It is defined as a subjective experience, an awareness of self or one’s surroundings and the ability to react to it.  Right now, as you are reading this, there … Continue reading

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His Light Carries On

“The mind withers and the soul may fade, but the heart will always beat in sync with the one who carries it.” – Colin Madsen February 18, 1991 – April 04, 2016 His Light Carries On: The Life, the Loss, … Continue reading

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From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk In this article we will explore the life of a traditional Buddhist monk, as seen through the eyes of a Theravada practitioner.  If you don’t know anything about Buddhism, … Continue reading

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The American Opium Crisis

The American Opium Crisis The below is a very raw and personal look at heroin addiction, a part of this country’s opioid epidemic.  Listen in as Jennifer, the widow of 31 year old assistant bank manager Daniel, talks about her … Continue reading

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How To Start Eating Better

How To Start Eating Better Cooking tip:  When cooking meats, eggs, vegetables, potatoes, and in some cases grains, you should saute, fry (never deep fry), grill, bake, or boil them with extra virgin olive oil as a marinade and seasoned … Continue reading

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The Macrocosm Perspective

The Macrocosm Perspective Siddhartha Gautama taught that in order to see what matters we must first remove the ego from the equation.  Nothing rips apart my ego or sense of self more than the Universe.  The above photo is a … Continue reading

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Human Sexuality Defined

Human Sexuality Defined Ever since I started writing about human sexuality I realized that a lot of people really don’t even know what sexuality and orientation mean and how to use those terms. I think that one of the biggest … Continue reading

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Alone In The Dark

Alone In The Dark: Why Children Commit Suicide and How to Prevent It From the year 2000 to the year 2014, more than 530,000 Americans committed suicide.  By the end of 2014 alone, the number of Americans of all genders … Continue reading

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Nationalism and Police Brutality: The Deafening Sound of Ignorance

“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established… It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.  The … Continue reading

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The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel: A Brief Examination of Buddhism I began reading about Buddhism and its three main branches of traditions and the many lineages and schools of thought within each, when I was only … Continue reading

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Identity Politics and the Slow Death of the American Moral Landscape

Identity Politics and the Slow Death of the American Moral Landscape I used to watch Fox News, and then I switched to CNN, and then I stopped watching network channels for daily news and commentary because they are all so … Continue reading

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His Empty Soul

    His Empty Soul: How to Heal a Broken Man   There are only a few things every man needs in his life to feel as though he’s living the most fulfilled life that he can. The first critical … Continue reading

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The Choice That Never Was

  The Choice That Never Was I wanted to believe that my work of writing about this topic had since passed and that I would never again have to write in defense of it, of us, of the nature of … Continue reading

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No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being From Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable Vietnamese monk who strives to live and spread the teachings of Siddartha Gautama, I’ve learned this simple lesson:  There should be no coming, no going, just being. More … Continue reading

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Respect For Living Things

Respect For Living Things Not every good person makes good choices.  I spent my childhood obsessively learning about animals, my family can attest to that.  When I borrowed books from the library, the overwhelming odds guaranteed that it was animal … Continue reading

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​Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy

Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy One in every five American teens lives in poverty.  Abuse, poverty and a lack of opportunity plays an important role in not only teen pregnancy, but also unwanted pregnancies in … Continue reading

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​The Algorithm Specs Behind Facebook’s “People You May Know” Suggestions

The Algorithm Specs Behind Facebook’s “People You May Know” Suggestions We’ve all seen it, that horizontal scroll pane in our Facebook news feed titled People You May Know. I’ve always found it odd why it would list people I have … Continue reading

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The Darkest Corners of the Cyber World: Sexual Predation and Exploitation

The Darkest Corners of the Cyber World: Sexual Predation and Exploitation Sexual predation and exploitation is the topic of this article, more specifically it’s about catfish who use social media and social apps to seduce and trick young men and … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Seventeen

“Hey what the hell happened, are you okay?!?!”  The man shouted at me. “Help!  There was an accident, my buddy is in bad shape, he’s not moving and I can’t find a pulse, please help us!”  I cried out. He … Continue reading

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Everywhere You Go, There You Are

Everywhere You Go, There You Are A decade ago my mind was in a very dark place.  In this darkness I looked for the light, even the tiniest little bit of hope that my suffering had an ending and perhaps … Continue reading

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Words To Live By I’m sharing this video because as a 4 minute reflection, it may very well be the most profound thing you listen to this month, for the next six months, or perhaps even this whole year. In … Continue reading

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Transgender in America

Transgender in America In 2011 a survey conducted by famed demographer Gary Gates, for the Williams Institute under the U.C.L.A. School of Law, found that more than 700,000 American adults identified as transgender.  His follow-up survey published in June, 2016, … Continue reading

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