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October 1, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Love is not something you have or don’t have. It is not a possession. It is what you are.”—Ellen and Charles Birx, Waking Up Together

“Love is not something you have or don’t have. It is not a possession. It is what you...

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September 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Perhaps the function of waking is to elaborate who and how I may be in my dreams. The lucid dreamer is not dreaming to live life while awake, but, with preternatural agency...

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“Perhaps the function of waking is to elaborate who and how I may be in my dreams. The...

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September 27, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

According to a Hindu myth, the world is upheld by the great elephant Maha Pudma, who is in turn supported by the great tortoise Chukwa.

An Englishman asked a Hindu sage...

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According to a Hindu myth, the world is upheld by the great elephant Maha Pudma, who...

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September 26, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“When we fall on the ground it hurts us, but we also need to rely on the ground to get back up.”—Kathleen McDonald, How to Meditate

“When we fall on the ground it hurts us, but we also need to rely on the ground to get...

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September 25, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Hell does not exist from its own side; the negative mind makes it up.”—Lama Yeshe, Becoming the Compassion Buddha

“Hell does not exist from its own side; the negative mind makes it up.”—Lama Yeshe,...

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September 24, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Strive diligently, with no distinction of day and night.”—Derge Tengyur, quoted in Mind Training

“Strive diligently, with no distinction of day and night.”—Derge Tengyur, quoted in...

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September 23, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Baizhang asked, ‘What is the essential import of the school?’ Mazu said, ‘It’s just the place where you let go of your body and life.’”—from Zen’s Chinese Heritage,...

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“Baizhang asked, ‘What is the essential import of the school?’ Mazu said, ‘It’s just...

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September 20, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Once you recognize your mind’s arguments as thoughts, you can let them dissipate. Be kind to yourself, and give yourself credit even for just remembering to form or return to...

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“Once you recognize your mind’s arguments as thoughts, you can let them dissipate. Be...

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September 19, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“During a dream, if one feels compassion, it is genuine compassion that arises.”—The Dalai Lama, Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying

 

“During a dream, if one feels compassion, it is genuine compassion that arises.”—The...

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September 18, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The most profound and effective way to overcome sloth and torpor is to stop fighting your mind. Stop trying to change things and instead let things be. Make peace not war with...

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“The most profound and effective way to overcome sloth and torpor is to stop fighting...

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