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Nothing to reject, nothing to accept

The exceptional approach is to recognize the true nature of afflictive emotions. When desirous thoughts arise vividly, looking directly at their essence, they subside in themselves. This is the dawning of mahamudra, bliss and emptiness inseparable. It is also called … Continue reading

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More Fully Human

There is a Jewish tradition of the zaddik—the holy person. The zaddik differs, it is said, from ordinary people, in that the zaddik is more fully human. In the Christian tradition, Saint Irenaeus says something similar. He says that the … Continue reading

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Wise Returning

I just finished reading an excellent article, “Impermanence is Buddha Nature,” by Zoketsu Norman Fischer, published in the May 2013 issue of Shambhala Sun. The article was incredibly helpful in deepening my understanding of Buddhism’s teachings on permanence and impermanence. … Continue reading

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Relaxation

“Relaxation is the doorway to both wisdom and compassion.” – Tara Brach (Click here for music for relaxation.)

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Being the Knowing

So contemplate this ability to know when you think a good thought or a bad thought. There’s an immediate transcendence to that: the fact that you know goodness is good, or badness is bad. To have the wisdom to know … Continue reading

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Ajahn Sumedho on “being the knowing”/pure awareness

“I can’t claim ‘I am the knower of the world’–that gives the wrong message, doesn’t it? It’s not a matter of me claiming it, but of being, of trusting. There’s no name, you don’t have to be anything. You don’t … Continue reading

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Craving

You can’t get what you want. If you understand the principle that you can’t get something because you want it and that you only get what comes from conditions, cause and effect, then desire gets weaker and weaker. Craving will … Continue reading

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