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October 30, 2018
by Tenzin
Ideally, my focus is not on how close I'm getting to my destination up the trail but on how close I'm getting to what's around me.

The simple act of being fully in a place. That, not a summit, is my goal. To go slow, feel my acing body, and pay attention to what I'm seeing, smelling and hearing. I may not get...

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Ideally, my focus is not on how close I'm getting to my destination up the trail but on how close I... read more »
July 18, 2018
by Bhikkhu Analayo
“At an age of about two years he would sit in meditation spontaneously and then start chanting.”

As already mentioned briefly in the introduction to this book, I personally know Dhammaruwan from the time I lived in Sri Lanka in the 1990s. At that time I was in charge of a meditation center on the outskirts of Kandy, and...

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June 25, 2018
“Every day we hear stories, tell stories, and tell ourselves stories.” Buddhism is a story, as is the self, rehearsing its narrative through the days and events of our lives. Our path of inquiry means waking to the nature of the elusive narrator and, then, doing the work needed to shift the narrative. “Do good, avoid evil, save the... read more »
“Every day we hear stories, tell stories, and tell ourselves stories.” Buddhism is a story, as is... read more »
June 13, 2018
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
“The essential way to practice exchanging self for others is to regard the suffering of others exactly as our own suffering and to help others as if they were ourselves.”   Shantideva was a monk at the famed Nalanda University. Outwardly Shantideva showed no signs of being a great master. In fact the monks living in the monastery... read more »
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May 18, 2018
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"The Dharma was the friend who did not desert me in times of need." Buddhist texts contain wise advice about how to approach learning the Buddha’s teachings and explaining them to others. Since in this volume we will establish the foundation for Buddhist practice, it is especially helpful to touch on this now.   Reflecting on the... read more »
"The Dharma was the friend who did not desert me in times of need." Buddhist texts contain wise... read more »
April 19, 2018
by Miguel Chen
Many spiritual practices lead us to ask this question, but it’s not easy to answer. 

Well, I guess it is easy to answer...it’s just not easy to answer well. 

You might be quick to offer up basic descriptors like parent, adult, middle class, business professional, music lover, man, woman . . . but to do so would be to sell...

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Many spiritual practices lead us to ask this question, but it’s not easy to answer. 

Well, I...

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