Monthly Archives: December 2016

Karma and Blame

Assigning blame is emotionally charged. Whether we assign blame to others or ourselves, the negative emotion that accompanies blame is unskillful. Blame entails not only assigning responsibility for an unwelcome consequence, but also imputing malice or evil intent to the … Continue reading

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Scorched

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 seeds … Continue reading

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Notions

Every notion of self and phenomena, subject and object, grasper and grasped, is merely a transformation of consciousness. —Arya Vasubandhu

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Merry Christmas

Feliz Navidad   Bon Nadal   Bo Nadal   Eguberri on   Eid Milad Majid   Joyeux Noël   Frohe Weihnachten   Feliz Natal   Счастливого рождества   Sheng Dan Kuai Le   Hyvää Joulua   Mele Kalikimaka   God Jul   Schöni Wiehnachte   Śubh krisamas   Chag Molad Sameach   Веселого Різдва   Nadolig Llawen   … Continue reading

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Holiday Message

Learn to undo the perception —so heavily promoted by the media— that shopping is a form of therapy and that a purchase is nothing but a victory or a gain. —Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Simple and Common

Mindfulness, though so highly praised and capable of such great achievements, is not at all a “mystical” state, beyond the ken and reach of the average person. It is, on the contrary, something quite simple and common, and very familiar … Continue reading

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Avoid Both

There are two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted … Continue reading

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