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About lynnjkelly

Australian/American. Practicing Buddhist.

Mettā sutta – part 2

The next part of the Mettā sutta describes a form of blessing. It is a wish, not a demand; we recognize the place in our heart that wishes others well, and we give it space and encouragement to grow into … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 1

The Mettā sutta (from the Pali language) has been chanted for millenia, by many people, in many languages. In the next few posts, I’ll be looking at it in sections (in English) and reflecting on why it is so important … Continue reading

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Weather dukkha

It’s easy to notice how much extreme weather is affecting all parts of our planet recently. Humans have always been close observers of weather patterns, but something seems to be different now. Perhaps it’s that we have better measurement tools, … Continue reading

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Freedom

Freedom is one of those words that can be used in different contexts to have very different meanings. The type of freedom most often spoken of is freedom from constraints of various kinds, i.e., license. Yet each of us lives within … Continue reading

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Useful questions

We ask ourselves and others questions all the time. Can we sort out the useful questions, the ones that will lead to greater clarity, from the useless ones? I’m a long way from my 20’s, but I remember how confusing … Continue reading

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What is delusion?

We can experience greed and hatred clearly, but what about delusion? The third of the classic “unwholesome roots” usually remains hidden from us. Delusion can be considered ignorance or the opposite of wisdom. Delusion means not recognizing our greed and … Continue reading

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Is kamma true?

Since I’m still overseas, here is another (partial) section of Ajahn Chah’s teachings from Ajahn Jayasaro’s book, Stillness Flowing. This section is simply called “Kamma” (p. 596): Much of Luang Por’s [Ajahn Chah’s] Dhamma teaching was devoted to instilling confidence … Continue reading

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