{Cutting Through}: Proselytizing Buddhism. How do we Help others Find the Path? {Weekly Q & A}

Cutting Through} is a new column on elephantjournal.com. Have a question about meditation, mindfulness, or Buddhism? Please send it to Travis at travis@elephantjournal.com or in a comment on this article. Travis is an authorized meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the Center Director of Shambhala St. Petersburg. He is a joyful student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Question for…

{Cutting Through}: The Four Noble Truths. Isn’t suffering important for growth? {Weekly Q & A}

{Cutting Through} is a new column on elephantjournal.com. Have a question about meditation, mindfulness, or Buddhism? Please send it to Travis at travis@elephantjournal.com or in a comment on this article. Travis is an authorized meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the Center Director of Shambhala St. Petersburg. He is a joyful student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Question: From what…

True Dharma & The Zero Commandments of Buddhism.

The dharma isn’t a rule book that says when “this” happens, do “that.” When your child throws a tantrum, say these magic words to her. When Judy at work gossips about the manager, say the following mantra.

Thankfully, this is not the case; if it were, the teachings of the Buddha would just be another thing to hold over our heads, to judge ourselves and others by, to feed our pride or shame when we did or didn’t live up to the “rules.”

Sticking to One Boat & Not Being a Spiritual Shopper

This article originally appeared on elephant journal here. People sometimes ask me why it’s necessary for anyone to adopt the label of “Buddhist.” Why do they have to join the club and wear the hat, so to speak. Lately, I’ve been thinking that becoming a Buddhist is similar to picking a college major. You could…

Bernie Sanders is My Hero.

Bernie Sanders is my hero because he is doing what I wish I was doing. I have always looked up to, and admired most, people like Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Chris Hedges, and so on (and still very much do) because of their willingness to speak truth to power,…