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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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March 4, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

With patience, I should cultivate perseverance,for without it enlightenment is impossible.

Joyous perseverance  is finding joy in good;laziness, entertainment, and discouragementare its obstacles.

Abandoning Obstacles

The source and fuel of...

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With patience, I should cultivate perseverance,for without it enlightenment is...

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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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February 6, 2015
by Robert Rosenbaum

Some years ago the Saturday lecture at Berkeley Zen Center focussed on details of Zen forms: how to bow during service, how to walk in the zendo, how to eat during formal meals. Afterwards one student asked: “Why do Zen teachers talk about these things so much? Why don't I hear them speak more about love?"

The speaker,...

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Some years ago the Saturday lecture at Berkeley Zen Center focussed on details of Zen forms: how...

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February 4, 2015
by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

From The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.

Tracking the Footprints of Invisible Monsters

I was south of Tamil Nadu, India, dreaming. My bed was on fire and I was lying in it. Blue flames shot up around me and I became frightened that I would burn to death. I anticipated the pain...

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