Monthly Archives: November 2016

Ethical Values

Religion must affirm, in the clearest terms, that morality and ethical values are not mere decorative frills of personal opinion. They are not a subjective superstructure, but intrinsic laws of the cosmos built into the heart of reality. —Bhikkhu Bodhi

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The Difference

If we want to be loved, we are looking for a support system. If we want to love, we are looking for spiritual growth. —Ayya Khema

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This Is Liberation

Liberation is not a place, another realm, or a destination. It is an uprooting of the emotional afflictions in my mind, so that they never arise in the future and are purified within the expanse of suchness.   “Once the … Continue reading

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Four Defining Moments

Our society has progressively exiled the four defining moments of our life experience: birth, disease, aging, and death. We are born, are ill, and die mostly in hospitals, and the old live in institutional ‘homes’ or artificial aging communities, separated … Continue reading

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Difficult, but necessary

When you are sick and in pain, when your possessions are stolen, when you are scolded, defamed, or abused, when you experience misfortune or are hungry, don’t let your head hang low, don’t let your complexion pale or your tears … Continue reading

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Rage and Outrage

Some well-intentioned persons believe that rage and outrage are necessary for beneficial activism. However, all variations of anger, while making us feel “sharp”, actually dull the mind and make us ineffective. Anger narrows our focus, and makes us blind to … Continue reading

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Change Your Emotions

To manifest any given emotional state, we develop a pattern: we focus our attention on a specific feeling (pleasant or unpleasant) and magnify it we generate a supporting discursive thought process and identify with it we assume a compatible breath … Continue reading

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