My Journey to Nalanda

My Journey to Nalanda

I didn’t go looking for meditation, not consciously at least. Past imprints on the soul work according to their own rhythms and dictates. I grew up in Hong Kong, and as a senior in high school saw an exhibit of black-and-white photographs by Chris Rainier. As I walked through the gallery, I was mesmerized by the images of yogis and…

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Monk with a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland

Monk with a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland

I am sitting in the Good Stuff Diner on West 14th Street across from Nicky Vreeland, a maroon-robed Buddhist monk with deep smile lines. A gifted photographer with an exquisite W Magazine-sponsored exhibit at ABC Carpet & Home to benefit the Tibet Center, Vreeland has mentioned that he finds harmony in his pictures. “Did that train you for life as a monk?” I ask. “I think that…

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Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

Some students at the Providence Zen Center went to their teacher with a pressing moral dilemma: “Should we kill the roaches in the meditation hall?” If the students didn’t eliminate the roaches, the building might get infested, but killing living beings is a violation of a fundamental Buddhist ethical principle. Ethical behavior—what I think of as integrity-in-action and moral accountability…

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Finding Your Flow—in Hebrew?

Finding Your Flow—in Hebrew?

By Jennie Dorris At first glance, a session of shira yoga might look like a typical yoga class. But hang around to listen, and you’ll notice that, instead of traditional kirtan music or a flowing electronic groove, the room is humming with an ancient Hebrew chant. Currently available in New York and Boston, and launching later this year in San…

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The Upside of Being Nobody

The Upside of Being Nobody

The subtitle of Lama Marut’s new book, Be Nobody(Beyond Words), encapsulates the quandary of its contents: “We’re all desperately trying to be somebody. Maybe we’ve got it all wrong.” Being a “nobody” would seem to be a mark of failure rather than a goal in our overachieving and hyper-busy world. Why would we want to dismantle this self we take…

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Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic

Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic

Adyashanti is a fascinating man, and his new book Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic (Sounds True) is equally fascinating. There’s an appealing pluralism to both the man and the book. Although he didn’t have a particularly religious upbringing, Adyashanti’s connection to the Jesus story began during his childhood, when he was still Steven Gray, living in…

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