Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

October 2013

October 28, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

Today’s morsel comes from Ethan Nichtern’s One City, a book that looks at what it means to be Buddhist in today’s rapidly evolving world. In this selection, he considers how we misunderstand suffering and perfection in a 24-7 advertised world.

It’s popular to equate Buddhism with the...

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Today’s morsel comes from Ethan Nichtern’s One City, a book that looks at what it...

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October 25, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
Jon Kabat-Zinn: A Classroom in the Now. Jon Kabat-Zinn talks to Harvard about mindfulness in classrooms and making it part of every school curriculum.  What do you do when pushing thoughts away just makes them bigger? In... read more »
October 25, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The energy necessary to awaken constantly leaks away from us, morning till night. As we struggle to hold our lives together—trying to win, trying to please, trying to hide, trying to avoid discomfort—our energy is dissipated in mindless chatter, needless action, wanton daydreams. We rage, we lust, we fear. We gossip, complain,...

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“The energy necessary to awaken constantly leaks away from us, morning till night. As we...

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October 25, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection elaborates on the merit of giving or generosity (dāna). The Buddha often treated giving as the most rudimentary virtue of the spiritual life, for giving serves to break down the egocentric frame of mind on the basis of which we habitually interact with others. Contrary to what a Western reader might expect,...

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Today's selection elaborates on the merit of giving or generosity (dāna). The Buddha often...

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October 24, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Successful spiritual development entails finding a balance between intellectual understanding of each stage of meditation and actual meditative experience. Placing too much emphasis on either alone significantly decreases the likelihood of genuine progress.”—Daniel P. Brown, Pointing out the Great Way

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October 24, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection deals with merit (puñña), wholesome kamma capable of yielding favorable results within the cycle of rebirths. Merit produces mundane benefits, such as a good rebirth, wealth, beauty, and success. It also serves as an enhancing condition for supramundane benefits, that is, for attaining the stages along the...

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Today's selection deals with merit (puñña), wholesome kamma capable of yielding favorable...

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