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Average Buddhist
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Saving the world? It's not all about you! (or me either...)
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Recognizing our interconnectedness is key to creating a society where lovingkindness is common and mass violence is rare. We're not there yet. Could we be?
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I'm happy to share my first post on the Progressive Buddhism Blog! Enjoy!
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New Average Buddhist blog post: 
Mindfulness and the phenomenon of "idiot" compassion.
A conundrum that has always intrigued me is the way in which things we do in our desire to help people, can sometimes cause more suffering than if we had done nothing at all. In The Average Buddhist E...
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Who says a videogame can't help guide us toward enlightenment? #buddhism #buddhist #osmos  
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Thank you SO much Angela Yuriko Smith for your kind review of The Average Buddhist Explores the Dharma book. I appreciate your time and comments. #buddhism #buddhist
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Being an "ordinary being" isn't so bad after all. 
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Happy 2013 to all the Average Buddhists!
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Stop by to visit my book review of "A New Myth for America" by fellow Google+er James Hilgendorf. Enjoy!
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Many times I find walking meditation more effective than sitting meditation.
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I'm in Mass where there are lots small places to take day hikes. It is conducive to a meditative state. Especially in the fall surrounded by the colors and the crutch of leaves and pine needles under foot.
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Earlier this year, I was privileged to see the Pompeii exhibit at the Museum of Science Boston. The experience was profound.
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Thank you for this reminder!
 
Above all else, we need to nourish our true self—what we can call our buddha nature—for so often we make the fatal mistake of identifying with our confusion, and then using it to judge and condemn ourselves, which feeds the lack of self-love that so many of us suffer from today.

How vital it is to refrain from the temptation to judge ourselves or the teachings, and to be humorously aware of our condition, and to realize that we are, at the moment, as if many people all living in one person.

And how encouraging it can be to accept that from one perspective we all have huge problems, which we bring to the spiritual path and which indeed may have led us to the teachings, and yet to know from another point of view that ultimately our problems are not so real or so solid, or so insurmountable as we have told ourselves...Sogyal Rinpoche
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Writer, singing teacher and voice pathologist
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Catching craving! shedding shenpa! Well, it's a goal any way...
Introduction

I’m just an average American Buddhist; not particularly enlightened, but just exploring what it means to be a Buddhist lay person.

In my professional life, I am a voice & singing teacher and voice specialized speech-language pathologist. I’ve done the major academic medical center thing. 
Now I’m in private practice. 

I have a very strong spiritual connection to the voice and to humanity as a collection of energetic beings – yet I find myself consistently discouraged by our behavior and the energetic pollution we invite into ourselves.

Stay well and remember – no feeling is final!

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Finished the book "The Average Buddhist Explores the Dharma"
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Massachusetts