Monthly Archives: June 2012

“I am” the 5 aggregates

The aggregate of form, the material body, tells me where I am. The aggregate of feeling tells me how I am. The aggregate of cognition tells me what I am. The aggregate of volition tells me why I am. The … Continue reading

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Overcome the 5 hindrances

As we overcome the five hindrances to spiritual cultivation: to be free of sensual desire is like being relieved from debt; to be free from aversion is like recovering from physical illness; to be unobstructed by sloth and torpor is … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and clarity

When walking, he knows “I am walking”; when standing, he knows “I am standing”; when sitting, he knows “I am sitting”; when lying down, he knows “I am lying down”. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Satipatthana Sutta  Beyond basic mindfulness, it is advised … Continue reading

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Daily movie

In the movies, the action on the screen can make us laugh or cry; it can inspire or terrorize, entertain us or bore us to tears. The characters we see can seem pleasant or unpleasant, beautiful or ugly, special or … Continue reading

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Without artifice

Helping people steadfastly without artifice, having awakened, striving for the benefit of the living: the wise do this throughout the ages, and so attain the supreme joy of nondefilement. If people preach because of desire, they are said to have … Continue reading

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The most excellent birth

There are four reasons why the birth of Bodhisattvas is most excellent among living beings: first, because it is based on ultimately pure accumulations of virtue; second, because it is chosen intentionally, with knowing discernment; third, because it is based … Continue reading

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Arise and cease

Ordinarily, our attention is directed at the myriad thoughts that appear in the mind sequentially. Sometimes these thoughts have clear and purposeful connections between them; at other times, the connections are tenuous and seemingly random. When we identify with these … Continue reading

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