Officers in a police helicopter were scouting a residential area, as part of a kidnapping investigation when they spotted a shocking sight, an enormous swastika on the bottom of a residential swimming pool in Pomerode, Brazil in the southern state of Santa Catarina.
So what is the difference between being spiritual and being religious? One includes the other, right? Well, yes and no.
Something special is happening in Thailand. Over 400 girls are blossoming like beautiful lotuses at the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School -- the first Buddhist boarding school for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade.
First, be aware of our own hearts. We mainly can do this by taking time regularly to sit down, shut up, and pay attention. There are numerous variations on this, find the one that works for you.
I didn't choose to cultivate equanimity. It chose me. My experience has taught me that nothing is permanent. Change is inevitable; sometimes it brings pleasure, sometimes pain. While you can't avoid pain, you can choose to suffer less.
I've waited for nearly three decades for this moment in history. A new era of openness and optimism is dawning in Myanmar (Burma), akin to what Europe experienced at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
In every image that I have ever seen, the Buddha is smiling. Not just ha ha, but grinning from ear to ear. He is in fact laughing. He knows something that we don't.
When the Dalai Lama teaches that according to Buddhist cosmology, the separate self does not exist, I have to pause. This world religious leader doesn't exist. And neither do you and I.