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Theravada

November 22, 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,...

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

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November 22, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's text gives a list of eight causes and conditions for obtaining “the wisdom fundamental to the spiritual life” and for bringing such wisdom to maturity. Of...

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Today's text gives a list of eight causes and conditions for obtaining “the wisdom...

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November 21, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection, drawn from The Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on the Six Sense Bases, testifies that for Early Buddhism, liberation requires direct...

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Today's selection, drawn from The Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta: Connected Discourses on...

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November 20, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing though a projector. Some of...

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“The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at...

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November 20, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly known by personal experience, a point clearly made by today's text, which comes from The...

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Dependent origination is not a mere theory but a teaching that should be directly...

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November 19, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Shining the Light of Wisdom.”—editor's note.

The texts cited in the last...

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This week’s theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Shining the Light...

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November 15, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on meditation practice is the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. Two versions of this sutta exist, a longer...

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The discourse generally considered to offer the most comprehensive instructions on...

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November 13, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a wild animal. Just as an animal trainer has to use various techniques to bring the animal...

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The Nikayas sometimes compare the process of training the mind to the taming of a...

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November 12, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Mastering the Mind.”—editor's note

Having presented a broad overview of the...

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This week's theme for The Teachings of the Buddha is “Mastering the Mind...

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November 11, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The scriptures say that when the mind indulges in sensual objects, it becomes agitated. This is the usual state of affairs in the world, as we can observe. In their quest for...

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“The scriptures say that when the mind indulges in sensual objects, it becomes...

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