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March 27, 2015
by Gyalwang Karmapa XVII Orgyen Trinley Dorje

For most of human history, people all over the world had a simple lifestyle that made use of natural resources sustainably, and avoided significant damage to the Earth. In recent times, however, our lives and our relationship with the environment have become increasingly complex—and problematical because we now have...

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For most of human history, people all over the world had a simple lifestyle that made...

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March 18, 2015
by Kathleen McDonald

 To want something and not want to be separated from it: very broadly, this is attachment, also known as desire. Attendant to it is the false assumption that having whatever it is we want will bring satisfaction: this is why attachment causes problems. Attachment is difficult to detect and even more difficult to find ...

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 To want something and not want to be separated from it: very broadly, this is...

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March 18, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Homage to great compassion.

These instructions, the essence of nectar,are the lineage from Serlingpa.They are like a diamond, the sun, and a medicinal tree.Understand the point and so forth of these texts.Transform the worsening fivefold degeneration into the pathto enlightenment.

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Homage to great compassion.

These instructions, the essence of...

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March 11, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Q: When people hear about things like nonattachment and mindfulness, they may think they’ll have to give up their emotional life when they become Buddhists.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Losing our emotions or thoughts is not something we need to worry about. When we meditate, they’re still there. They don’t...

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Q: When people hear about things like nonattachment and mindfulness, they may think they’ll have...

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March 4, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

A selection from the chapter on mindfulness in Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, translated by René Feusi in The Beautiful Way of Life.

Without guarding the mind attentivelyguarding one’s practice is impossible.Even a crazed elephant can’t...

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A selection from the chapter on mindfulness in Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,...

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February 18, 2015
by Ajahn Brahm

Excerpted from Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy by Ajahn Brahm.

Kissing the Ugly Frog

Once upon a winter time, a poor young maiden in rags was collecting firewood in the snow-covered forest to heat her drafty little hut. There among the fallen wood, she saw the ugliest frog that had ever existed. “...

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