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November 1, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week's final sutta is the Māgandiya Sutta. Here The Buddha meets the hedonist philosopher Māgandiya and points out to him the dangers in sensual pleasures, the benefits of renunciation, and the meaning of Nibbāna. The Buddha here contends that sensual pleasures seem to be pleasurable only through a distortion of...

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This week's final sutta is the Māgandiya Sutta. Here The Buddha meets the hedonist...

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October 31, 2013
by Maura Gaughan

Earlier this fall, we caught up with Ven. Robina Courtin to learn how Lama Yeshe’s vision for “publications for wisdom culture” ultimately became Wisdom Publications. We were curious about how a couple of Lamas inspired a handful of students and, through globe-trotting beginnings, sparked a mission to spread teachings and...

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Earlier this fall, we caught up with Ven. Robina Courtin to learn how Lama Yeshe’s vision...

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October 31, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“By examining diverse appearances, the meditator will experience the indivisible union of appearance and its intrinsic emptiness as being devoid of any identifiable essence. This union of mind and appearance should be understood to be like the union between the consciousness in a dream and its appearance. For instance, in a dream...

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“By examining diverse appearances, the meditator will experience the indivisible union of...

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October 31, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today's selection is the Potaliya Sutta. Here the Buddha teaches the meaning of “the cutting off of affairs” in discipline. The sutta offers a striking series of similes on the dangers in sensual pleasures. In this text, the Buddha appears in dialogue with a pompous householder who imagines that he has “cut off all...

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Today's selection is the Potaliya Sutta. Here the Buddha teaches the meaning of “...

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October 31, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
From Shambhala SunSpace: Happy Halloween! Peter Aronson shares the story of his unique Buddhist Halloween in this essay from the archives of Buddhadharma magazine. Buddhist Art News has a review of Faces of Compassion. “...the author shows himself in this kind, intelligent, and... read more »
From Shambhala SunSpace: Happy Halloween! Peter Aronson shares the story of his... read more »
October 30, 2013
by Lydia Anderson
Tricycle has a new video of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche teaching at the Garrison Institute on taming the mind and ridding ourselves of unhealthy habits. American Buddhist Perspective  adds more words of tribute to Lou Reed. Will a new car distract you from your practice? Shambhala SunSpace has found an Mercedes... read more »
Tricycle has a new... read more »

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