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“Engaged Buddhism”

In the Dharma traditions, and especially those associated with the Mahayana, or Great Vehicle, ‘Engaged Buddhism’ is not a new trend, whether in its social or environmental manifestations, but has been always present . The ideal of the Bodhisattva, the … Continue reading

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Ignorance Cannot Endure

Enlightenment is not an evolutionary attainment. It is the very nature of being. It is ignorance that constitutes an involution, a retrogression from the natural state. It is a temporary subjection to wrong views and afflicted emotions. Because being cannot … Continue reading

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Are You Free?

We usually have a very negative concept of freedom. We think that freedom consists in having no one tell us what we can and cannot do. However, freedom means nothing without the capacity to satisfy our needs and attain happiness. … Continue reading

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Why We Offer Our Food

Offering our food is an effective technique for the gradual transformation of the physical body into an instrument of our higher aspirations. As we replace the old body with the offered substances, we develop a physical form informed by our … Continue reading

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Meditational ‘States’

In the Madhyama Agama, the Buddha Shakyamuni describes the four rupa dhyanas (form absorptions; jhanas in Pali), the four arupa dhyanas (formless absorptions), and nirodha-samapatti (cessation of perception and feeling). [“The cessation of perception and feeling” is a technical term, … Continue reading

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‘Being’ is a verb

Rebirth and reincarnation are not synonymous. Reincarnation presupposes a permanent self or soul that takes on various bodies sequentially. Rebirth is simply the continuation of action. Buddhists do not ‘believe’ in reincarnation. We simply observe the evident continuation of existence … Continue reading

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“Every Man for Himself”

Perhaps as many as 30% of people believe firmly and express openly that the poor and destitute are unworthy of compassion; another 30% believe it firmly and express it in private; and another 30% believe it firmly but do not … Continue reading

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