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Mindfulness of Cortisol

October 14, 2020 in 10% Happier

Lean Back

September 10, 2020 in 10% Happier

Why Masks Give Me Hope

August 05, 2020 in 10% Happier

How to See Strangers as Allies, Not Threats

May 19, 2020 in 10% Happier

Feeling Your Emotions in the Body

April 22, 2020 in 10% Happier

How to choose a haggadah in the time of coronavirus

March 24, 2020 in Forward

Meditation and Coronavirus

March 16, 2020 in 10% Happier

What Parenting Has Taught Me About Mindfulness

February 13, 2020 in 10% Happier

What is Jewish Spirituality? What matters in Jewish spiritual practice is less the experience itself than what we do with it.

January 23, 2020 in My Jewish Learning

The Most Important Word in Meditation

January 14, 2020 in 10% Happier

It’s the Turn of the Decade and Times are Tough

December 18, 2019 in 10% Happier

Leonard Cohen’s Profound, Posthumous Farewell

November 29, 2019 in Daily Beast

The Deep End

November 12, 2019 in 10% Happier

When Monsters Attack (for real)

October 22, 2019 in 10% Happier

Stop Seeking

September 24, 2019 in 10% Happier

Where Should I Meditate?

September 05, 2019 in 10% Happier

Gay Yoga Guru Johnson Chong Can Help Sort Out Your Karma and Dharma

August 25, 2019 in Daily Beast

On Forcing the Breath

August 12, 2019 in 10% Happier

What Does “Progress” in Meditation Look Like?

July 23, 2019 in 10% Happier

These ‘Men in Black’ Think Aliens Made Your iPhone

July 02, 2019 in Daily Beast

What Does Mindfulness Have to do with Pride Month?

June 25, 2019 in 10% Happier

Talmudic Transgressions: Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin

June 21, 2019 in Reading Religion

Meditation and Climate Change

June 04, 2019 in 10% Happier

A Birthday Contemplation

May 14, 2019 in 10% Happier

Why Conservatives Keep Getting Anti-Semitism Wrong

April 29, 2019 in Daily Beast

When the World Falls Apart

April 16, 2019 in 10% Happier

The Wisdom of Spring

April 02, 2019 in 10% Happier

Don’t Just Sit There: An Introduction to Walking Meditation

March 13, 2019 in 10% Happier

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…

March 05, 2019 in 10% Happier

Relaxation is Not Enough

February 21, 2019 in 10% Happier

Meditation is Marie Kondo for your Mind

January 31, 2019 in 10% Happier


January 17, 2019 in 10% Happier

How to Actually Keep Your Resolution to Meditate

December 27, 2018 in 10% Happier

Actually Having a Happy Holiday

December 13, 2018 in 10% Happier

Quiet, Please

November 29, 2018 in 10% Happier

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018 in 10% Happier

Who is the “Witness”?

November 14, 2018 in 10% Happier

Remembering Bernie Glassman – a Zen Mensch

November 05, 2018 in Forward

Holding Trump Accountable for Pittsburgh Isn’t Politicizing the Attack: It’s Sanity

November 01, 2018 in Daily Beast

Be a Mindful Voter

November 01, 2018 in 10% Happier

Trump Visits Site of the Deadliest Attack on Jews in U.S. History, Says Nothing and Takes No Responsibility

October 30, 2018 in Daily Beast

Trick-or-Treating in Your Mind

October 25, 2018 in 10% Happier

Tech Sanity, Part Two: Mindful Speech Online

October 18, 2018 in 10% Happier

How to Survive the News

October 04, 2018 in 10% Happier

Are you a Zoë or a Zelda?

September 27, 2018 in 10% Happier

The Wisdom of Autumn

September 20, 2018 in 10% Happier

You Can’t Beat the Critic

September 13, 2018 in 10% Happier

Right Now, It’s Like This

September 06, 2018 in 10% Happier

Making Boredom Your Friend

August 30, 2018 in 10% Happier

Catching Doubt Before It Catches You

August 16, 2018 in 10% Happier

Summer Reading for Saner Minds

August 09, 2018 in 10% Happier

Tech Sanity #1 : Mindful Phoning

July 19, 2018 in 10% Happier

What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness?

July 12, 2018 in 10% Happier

How to Meditate in Summertime

July 05, 2018 in 10% Happier

Buddhism’s LGBT history

July 02, 2018 in Tricycle

Philip Roth Turned the Sentence Into an Art Form

May 23, 2018 in Daily Beast

Thank You for Burning Man, Larry Harvey

April 29, 2018 in Daily Beast

Byron Katie Wants You to Ask if Everything You Know is Wrong

January 05, 2018 in Daily Beast

How To Survive Your Trump-Supporting Relatives This Holiday Season

September 25, 2017 in Forward

The Secret, Multicultural History of Rosh Hashanah

September 20, 2017 in Daily Beast

Isis Unveiled: The Heretical Gnosticism of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’

September 20, 2017 in Forward

Conceptualizing Jewish Antinomianism in the Teachings of Jacob Frank

September 08, 2017 in Modern Judaism

Can Virtual Reality Help You Reach Enlightenment?

July 20, 2017 in Tricycle

Working Through the Strong Emotions of Sexual Identity

June 22, 2017 in Tricycle

You’ll Need a New Haggadah for Trump’s America

April 03, 2017 in Forward

Why You Should Invite President Trump Into Your Meditation Practice

March 30, 2017 in Tricycle

Can We Be Smarter About Anti-Semitism?

March 23, 2017 in Forward

The Fifth Precept in the Age of Facebook and Trump

March 07, 2017 in Tricycle

Andrew Ramer Is One of Our Most Righteous Men

January 29, 2017 in Forward

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Explores Faith When God Keeps Quiet

January 05, 2017 in Forward

The Dharma of Westworld

December 07, 2016 in Tricycle

Retreat or Fight? Both are Right.

November 28, 2016 in Tricycle

For We Were Strangers in Egypt: The Jewish Imperative for Justice

October 27, 2016 in Huffington Post

Jhana: The Spice Your Meditation Has Been Missing

September 22, 2016 in Tricycle

Why You Shouldn’t Go To Synagogue On Rosh Hashanah This Year

September 15, 2016 in Forward

What Does Meditation Have To Do With Fighting ISIS Terror?

November 23, 2015 in Forward

Why Judaism is Most Meaningful in Times of Grief

October 03, 2015 in Forward

Let’s Stop Being Embarrassed by Spirituality

October 02, 2015 in Daily Beast

In Praise of Self-Helpless

October 01, 2015 in Reality Sandwich

Tibetan Monk Dies in Prison, and a Thousand Tibetans Take to the Streets

July 16, 2015 in Daily Beast

Russian City Bans Yoga, Calling It a Cult

July 02, 2015 in Daily Beast

We’re meditating all wrong, says ‘Buddha from Brooklyn’

June 04, 2015 in Religion News Service

Can Monks Really Go Into 200-Year Trances?

February 08, 2015 in Daily Beast

It’s Time for the Jewish Megachurch

January 25, 2015 in Forward

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Captures the Spirit of the Time

July 24, 2014 in Forward

How the LGBT Experience Will Transform the Practice of Mindfulness

June 17, 2014 in Huffington Post

Why Do Jews Meditate? It’s All in the Worrying!

May 26, 2014 in Forward

The Perils of Hope (Shma)

March 01, 2014 in Jewish Publications (other)

Why Jews Should Tune In to the Mindfulness Revolution

February 03, 2014 in Forward

David Cooper, Father of BuJu

January 02, 2014 in Forward

Will Mindfulness Change the World? Daniel Goleman Isn’t Sure

November 14, 2013 in Religion Dispatches

Occupy the Dharma: How Contemplative Practice Will Save the World

November 14, 2013 in Tikkun

The Shocking Scandal at the Heart of American Zen

November 14, 2013 in Daily Beast

Zen and the Art of the BuJu

November 08, 2013 in Forward

Meditation isn’t a “hippie indulgence”

November 03, 2013 in Salon

Meditation is Not Religion or Spirituality—It’s Technology

October 22, 2013 in Religion Dispatches

Was Goenka a Guru?

October 14, 2013 in Huffington Post

S.N. Goenka: The Man who Taught the World to Meditate

September 30, 2013 in Huffington Post

Meditation: Natural or Unnatural?

August 12, 2013 in Huffington Post

“To the Wonder”: Terrence Malick’s Mystical Lens

April 19, 2013 in Religion Dispatches

Let’s Get Real: Wisdom 2.0 Wraps Up

February 25, 2013 in Tricycle

The Dharma is Out of Control

February 23, 2013 in Tricycle

Who’s Afraid of Wisdom?

February 22, 2013 in Tricycle

Wisdom 2.0 Opens With a Challenge

February 22, 2013 in Tricycle

Get Ready for Jewish iSpirituality

February 06, 2013 in Forward

Beyond ‘Letting Go’

September 09, 2012 in Huffington Post

Meditation is Very Relaxing, Says New York Times

June 20, 2012 in Religion Dispatches

How is a “Spiritual Person” Supposed to Act?

April 19, 2012 in Reality Sandwich

The Good Liberal Fear of a Yoga Planet: The rationalist prejudice against spirituality

January 17, 2012 in Religion Dispatches

Airport Security and Non-Self

November 30, 2011 in Huffington Post

The Religious Duty to Come Out

October 11, 2011 in Religion Dispatches

Is Life But a Dream?

August 08, 2011 in Reality Sandwich

Integration isn’t Everything

July 15, 2011 in Reality Sandwich

Boredom: A Gift for the Soul?

May 16, 2011 in Huffington Post

After Passover, The Exodus To True Spiritual Freedom Continues

April 25, 2011 in Huffington Post

Nonduality, Neuroscience, and Postmodernism: The Dream of the Self

April 11, 2011 in Reality Sandwich

‘All is One’ in Traffic Jams

March 15, 2011 in Huffington Post

The Path to Enlightenment: Sometimes Assertion, Sometimes Surrender

March 03, 2011 in Huffington Post

The Problem of Spiritual Experience: Is Mysticism in the Mind of the Beholder?

January 14, 2011 in Forward

Defining God Upward

October 01, 2010 in Hadassah

Meditation and “Drugs”

September 07, 2010 in Reality Sandwich

Why it’s good for Jews to Meditate

August 20, 2010 in Zeek

Simple Truths vs. Esoteric Ones

August 09, 2010 in Reality Sandwich

A Better Way to Believe in God

June 17, 2010 in Huffington Post

Spirituality and the Sanctification of the World

June 15, 2010 in Reality Sandwich

The Deep Truths are the Simple Ones

June 11, 2010 in Huffington Post

Meditation on the Run

May 24, 2010 in Huffington Post

Jewish Enlightenment : Neo-Hasidism and Vedanta

May 23, 2010 in Zeek

Nonduality in Buddhism and Judaism

May 03, 2010 in Reality Sandwich

An Introduction to Kabbalah, Part 10: The Kabbalah of Inspiration

April 02, 2010 in Huffington Post

28 Days, 28 Ideas #27: Spiritual Birthright

February 27, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

Are People Good At Heart?

February 21, 2010 in Huffington Post

LGBTs are in All of Israel — Not Just Tel Aviv

January 15, 2010 in Hadassah

Not a Guide, but an Example: Paradoxes of Spiritual Writing (JBooks)

January 01, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Meaning of Avatar: Everything is God (A Response to Ross Douthat and other naysayers of ‘pantheism’)

December 22, 2009 in Huffington Post

How A Nice Jewish Boy Learned To Like Christmas … Because Of Paganism

December 21, 2009 in Huffington Post


December 11, 2009 in Zeek

Vedanta and Kabbalah: Nonduality East and West

December 08, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

Spirituality and States: Getting Beyond the Good Stuff

November 10, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

Religion is Actually Spirituality

October 28, 2009 in Forward

Fetishizing the Trigger

October 08, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

Will Spirituality Ever Be Serious?

September 29, 2009 in Huffington Post

The Jhanas: Meditative Absorptions

September 11, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

Ephryme: Engaged Hip Hop Jew

September 11, 2009 in Forward

The Truth About Burning Man

September 08, 2009 in Huffington Post

In Defense of Spiritual Vulgarity

August 27, 2009 in Zeek

Is Guilt a Good Thing?

August 24, 2009 in Huffington Post

The Emptiness of Anger

July 27, 2009 in Huffington Post

Free Will: The Last Gasp of the Unenlightened Mind

July 20, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

Eat Your Way to Enlightenment

July 14, 2009 in Huffington Post

Allowing the Yetzer Tov to Win

July 10, 2009 in Forward

How a Dog Taught me the Dharma

July 08, 2009 in Huffington Post

Monotheism and the Spirits of Nature

July 02, 2009 in Zeek

G-dcast: Parshat Shelach Lecha

June 17, 2009 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Body of Being

June 12, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

The One Secret to Making the Most of Unwanted Downtime

June 08, 2009 in Huffington Post

What It’s Like to Spend Five Months in Silence

May 18, 2009 in Huffington Post

Susan Boyle, Gay Marriage, and Not Trusting Your Gut

April 20, 2009 in Huffington Post

Shifting from Myth to Function

April 15, 2009 in Forward

Liberation from Passover

April 10, 2009 in Torah Queeries

What is the Real World, Anyway

April 06, 2009 in Huffington Post

Transformation of Consciousness as Messianic Age: A Kabbalistic View

March 20, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

The Blues, Prayer, and Unrequited Love

February 27, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

A Jewish Perspective on the Jhanas, part 2

February 05, 2009 in Zeek

Sick Enough for Spirituality

January 30, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

A Jewish Perspective on the Jhanas, part 1

January 29, 2009 in Zeek

Is Life but a Dream

December 22, 2008 in Zeek

The Gifts of Boredom

December 15, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

Why Ramakrishna Matters

November 28, 2008 in Zeek

Spirituality as Satanism

November 24, 2008 in Zeek

Intentional Sexuality: Possibilities and Perils

November 19, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

Answers in the Seekers’ Language

September 19, 2008 in Forward

Stop Seeking: Paradoxes of the Spiritual Path

September 09, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

Against Integration

August 15, 2008 in Zeek

You are God in Drag: Eleven Notes Before and After Retreat

July 29, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

Monogamy and Monotheism

June 30, 2008 in Zeek

Fresh Baked Bread

June 27, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

Embracing Even the Hatred: A Personal Dharma Journey

June 03, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

The Gods of Drowning

May 21, 2008 in Jewcy

Intentional Sexuality: Possibilities and Perils

May 19, 2008 in Literary Journals

Getting Serious About Love

April 17, 2008 in Forward

God as a Mask of Pain (Hebrew)

April 04, 2008 in Maariv

Polytheism and Nonduality

March 21, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

The Blues, Prayer, and Unrequited Love

March 01, 2008 in Zeek

Ayahuasca and Kabbalah

January 15, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

New Psychedelics Are Transforming the Future of Spirituality

January 07, 2008 in Jewcy

A Balancing Meditation: Hesed, Gevurah, Tiferet (BeliefNet)

January 01, 2008 in Jewish Publications (other)

A BuJu Responds to Sam Harris

November 01, 2007 in Zeek

Sometimes God Just Wants to Dance

October 05, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

The New Atheism: What’s a Liberal, Spiritual Jew to Do?

September 26, 2007 in Forward

The Gifts of Boredom

September 01, 2007 in Zeek

Entering the Gate of Sadness

August 01, 2007 in Zeek

Free Will: The Last Gasp of the Unenlightened Mind

July 01, 2007 in Zeek

Fasting from a Functional Perspective

June 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

No Crystals Needed: Why Meditation is Not Spirituality

May 04, 2007 in Forward

Stop Seeking: Paradoxes of the Spiritual Path

February 01, 2007 in Zeek

YHVH Means What Is: Integrating Judaism and Buddhism, and Why I Bother

January 01, 2007 in Literary Journals

Renewing Ecstatic Spirituality to the Beat of a Drum

December 29, 2006 in Forward

Kashrut and Nonduality

November 01, 2006 in Zeek

Spirituality in a Time of Seriousness

August 01, 2006 in Zeek

Fear of Fun

June 01, 2006 in Zeek

Exploring the New Jewish Spiritualities

May 12, 2006 in Forward

Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It

May 01, 2006 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Freedom of Being

April 01, 2006 in Zeek

Flakes- Why ‘spiritual’ people are often so unreliable

March 01, 2006 in Zeek

Fresh Baked Bread: Ideas about the thing, and the thing itself

November 01, 2005 in Zeek

Fetishizing the Trigger: How spirituality turns to fundamentalism

October 01, 2005 in Zeek

Guilt and Groundedness: Religion, guilt, and the geology of the self

September 01, 2005 in Zeek

Judaism, Meditation, and the B-Word

June 10, 2005 in Forward

Does Mysticism Prove the Existence of God? Mysticism, nonduality, and what we can learn through meditation

June 01, 2005 in Zeek

Star Wars, George Bush, Judaism, and the Penis- From Baal and Asherah to Neo-cons and the Sith

June 01, 2005 in Zeek

Hedgehogs, foxes, and dilettantes

April 01, 2005 in Zeek

Eating Meditation for Passover

April 01, 2005 in Jewish Publications (other)

Shakey: An Essay on Anger- Working with anger on the contemplative path

March 01, 2005 in Zeek

I Still Believe that People are Good at Heart: Spirituality and human nature

February 01, 2005 in Zeek

The Buddha from Brooklyn: A lama talks about enlightenment… with a Yiddish twang

November 26, 2004 in Forward

The Holy Fool: How One Writer Conveys Spiritual Truths That Are Seriously Funny

November 19, 2004 in Forward

Am I Religious? Religion, spirituality, and living as if it mattered

November 05, 2004 in Zeek

The Spiritual Foundations of Bushism

August 01, 2004 in Zeek

How I Finally Learned to Accept Christ in My Heart

June 01, 2004 in Zeek

Secrets of the Rebbetzin

May 14, 2004 in Forward

You are God in Drag: Notes from and after retreat

February 01, 2004 in Zeek

Thinking despite Doubt and Feeling despite Truth

January 01, 2004 in Zeek


November 01, 2003 in Zeek

High Holy Days: Rabbi Cowan Speaks Out About Meditation, Action and New Job

September 26, 2003 in Forward