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October 9, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“How, dear sir, did you cross the flood?” “By not halting, friend, and by not straining I crossed the flood.” “But how is it, dear sir, that by not halting and by not straining you crossed the flood?” “When I came to a standstill, friend, then I sank; but when I struggled, then I got swept away. It is in this way, friend, that by...

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“How, dear sir, did you cross the flood?” “By not halting, friend, and by not straining I...

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October 9, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Today’s selection comes from the Vīmasaka Sutta.  In it the Buddha lays down guidelines by which a monk can test “the Tathāgata,” that is, the Buddha, to evaluate his claim to be perfectly enlightened. One benchmark of perfect enlightenment is freedom of the mind from all defilements. If a monk cannot directly see into the...

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Today’s selection comes from the Vīmasaka Sutta.  In it the Buddha lays down guidelines by...

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October 8, 2013
by Kestrel Slocombe

There is so much happening in the Buddhist, meditation, and mindfulness communities, and we want to make sure you know about it! Here’s the latest from the online community.

Is Buddhism a Religion? In this first part of The Guardian’s new series, “How to believe,” Michael McGhee examines why many... read more »

There is so much happening in the Buddhist, meditation, and mindfulness communities, and we want...

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October 8, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“We may need permission, from time to time, to allow ourselves to relax, to not be so hard on ourselves—to simply be at ease and happy. We need to learn to be kind to ourselves.”—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Medicine & Compassion

“We may need permission, from time to time, to allow ourselves to relax, to not be so hard on...

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October 8, 2013
by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “Approaching the Dhamma.”—Editor’s note

One of the most distressing predicaments any earnest, open-minded spiritual seeker might face is the sheer difficulty of choosing from among the bewildering diversity of religious and spiritual...

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This week’s theme from The Teachings of the Buddha is “Approaching the Dhamma.”—...

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October 7, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

There is so much happening in the Buddhist, meditation, and mindfulness communities, and we want to make sure you know about it! Here's the latest from the digital world.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship explains how to use the right speech in your social activism. Over at LinkedIn, Daniel Goleman writes on... read more »

There is so much happening in the Buddhist, meditation, and mindfulness communities, and we want...

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