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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 happiness, people mistake excitement of the mind for real happiness. They never have the chance to experience the greater joy that comes with peace and...

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

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November 8, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Wherever a person goes, his deeds, like a shadow, will follow.”—Three Levels of Spiritual Perception

“Wherever a person goes, his deeds, like a shadow, will follow.”—Three Levels of Spiritual...

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November 8, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
Check out this wonderful new review of Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea from Kirkus Reviews! “The peace Yogis describes within his practice of surfing and his practice of meditation was a palpable theme within the book, and I liked that best. Reading this book was in itself... read more »
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November 8, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection concerns The Noble Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is the classical formulation of the way to liberation, as is already clear from the Buddha’s first sermon, in which he calls the Eightfold Path the way to the cessation of suffering. This selection from the Samyutta Nikaya gives formal definitions of the...

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Today's selection concerns The Noble Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is the classical...

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November 7, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Your mind is birthless and continuous, without a beginning, middle, or end. The rising and sinking of agitated waves ceases by itself without interference. This mind that is obscured by thoughts, when left as it is, unmodified, will clarify as the dharmakaya. Do not modify it, but rest in relaxation. Do not control the mind, but...

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“Your mind is birthless and continuous, without a beginning, middle, or end. The rising and...

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November 7, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's sutta throws a different spotlight on the path than we are accustomed to hear in standard Buddhist rhetoric. While we are often told that the practice of the Buddhist path depends entirely on personal effort, this sutta emphasizes the importance of spiritual friendship. The Buddha declares that spiritual friendship is...

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Today's sutta throws a different spotlight on the path than we are accustomed to hear in...

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