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Daily Drama

Purifying the mind is not a mystical process. It is nothing more than letting go of the false view of self. That is the cause of suffering: looking at this name and form (nama-rupa, mind and body) and taking it … Continue reading

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From Ignorance to Death

Through ignorance, intentional actions arise. Through intentional actions, consciousness arises. Through consciousness, mental and physical phenomena arise. Through mental and physical phenomena, the five senses and the mind arise. Through the five senses and the mind, contact arises. Through contact, … Continue reading

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Who or what is reborn?

Buddhism teaches us that the concept of ‘I’ is just that —a notion without a true basis, lacking permanence and substance, an emptiness. That which we believe ourselves to be is a conceptual elaboration, imputed upon the five aggregates of … Continue reading

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“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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Baffled by “The Five Aggregates”?

When studying the Dharma, we often come across terminology that may initially baffle us. However, what is most often required is that we translate and define the terms in ways that are accessible to our understanding.  One such difficult term … Continue reading

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The Fourfold Negation & the Perfection of Wisdom

The chatuskoti, or the Fourfold Negation (NOT THIS: NOT THAT: NOT BOTH: NOT NEITHER) is a principal tool in Buddhist contemplation and analytic meditation. Repeatedly enunciated by the Master Nagarjuna, it is the systematic application of analysis for the deconstruction … Continue reading

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The Concise Heart Sutra

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness are empty. All phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do … Continue reading

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Tonglen: Exchange Meditation

“Thus have I heard (evam maya shrutam)…”  The text that follows is neither a personal opinion nor an ‘original’ presentation of Exchange Meditation (Tib. tonglen; Skt. parivartana). On the contrary, although committed to conveying these teachings in the context of … Continue reading

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Gradual and sudden enlightenment

Every insight or realization is ‘sudden’, in the sense that —in that precise moment— we understand something we did not see clearly previously. We ‘get it’ now, whereas before we did not. However, arriving at those insights is a gradual … Continue reading

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The frog in the well

There is an oft-repeated story of a frog that lives in a well. One day, a bird perches on the edge of the well, and they engage in a conversation. The bird mentions that he has seen the ocean, and … Continue reading

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