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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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October 24, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe
The Zennist makes a distinction between Inner and Outer Meditation--inner meditation that reflects, if not matches, the awakened Mind of the sages and Buddhas, and outer meditation, which rests on the Five Aggregates of physical shape, feeling, perception, habitual tendencies and consciousness and is limited by this... read more »
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October 23, 2013
by Lydia Anderson
Spirituality and Practice has a great review of, and choice quotes from, Daily Doses of Wisdom. Rick Hanson, PhD, writes on what and why humans give at Wildmind Buddhist Meditation. Buddhist Peace Fellowship contemplates the link between social activism and Nanchuan's cat. PJ Lifestyle... read more »
October 23, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“There simply is nothing to which we can attach ourselves, no matter how hard we try. In time, things will change and the conditions that produced our current desires will be gone. Why then cling to them now?”—Master Hsing Yun, Describing the Indescribable

“There simply is nothing to which we can attach ourselves, no matter how hard we try. In time,...

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October 23, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today’s selection comes from the Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta. This sutta specifies the underlying karmic causes for the manifest differences in human life. It does so with reference to a well-known saying of the Buddha: “Beings are owners of their kamma, heirs of their kamma; they originate from their kamma, are bound to their...

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Today’s selection comes from the Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta. This sutta specifies the...

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