The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

August 2014

August 31, 2014
by Ajahn Brahm
A Dog’s Retreat

I now relate a story that was sent to me recently about how a very smart dog dealt with the stress of modern life.

A woman returning from a shopping trip opened the door of her suburban house. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a big dog rushed past her into her house. By the time the woman had put her bags down,...

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A Dog’s Retreat

I now relate a story that was sent to me recently about how a very smart dog...

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August 27, 2014
by Kestrel Slocombe

“Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay.” - Matthew Flickstein

 

Art by Mike Medaglia

“Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay.” -...

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August 27, 2014
by Kestrel Slocombe

“My basic feeling is that it is better for people to follow their own religious tradition. Maybe you realize that the Buddhist way is really more effective, but you must be absolutely certain this approach is for you. If you are sure, then you have the individual right to change. If you waver at all, it is better to...

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“My basic feeling is that it is better for people to follow their own religious...

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August 25, 2014
by Lydia Anderson

This week’s morsel comes from The Compassionate Life by the Dalai Lama. This book includes four of the Dalai Lama’s most accessible and inspiring teachings on compassion and how in order to be truly happy, we must develop compassion for others. The selection below comes from the chapter “Developing Compassion”. Here...

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This week’s morsel comes from The Compassionate Life by the Dalai Lama. This book...

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August 20, 2014
by Kestrel Slocombe

How do we ensure the purity of our motivation when giving a teaching or listening to one? One way is by reciting special prayers of aspiration before we begin. Now, for a teaching to truly become Buddhist, it must be predicated on the practice of going for refuge in the Three Jewels—the Buddha, the Dharma, and the community of...

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How do we ensure the purity of our motivation when giving a teaching or listening to one? One...

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August 18, 2014
by Lydia Anderson

This week's morsel comes from The Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect. In this book, the Dalai Lama uses the traditional Buddhist allegorical image of the Wheel of Life and the teaching of the twelve links of dependent origination to illustrate how our existence brims with the potential for...

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This week's morsel comes from The Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and...

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