Category Archives: Causes and results

Taking care with sexuality

I undertake the training rule to abstain from harming living beings; I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not offered; I undertake the training rule to abstain from from sensual misconduct; I undertake the training rule … Continue reading

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Give and take

I undertake the training rule to abstain from harming living beings; I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not offered; I undertake the training rule to abstain from from sensual misconduct; I undertake the training rule … Continue reading

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Harmlessnes

Staying with the first precept, I undertake the training rule to refrain from harming living beings, we consider a situation many of us would rather look away from, that is, how do we behave around the dying process, our own … Continue reading

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Back to the Beginning

We’ve been covering some lofty ground of late; encouragements (I hope) to deeper mindfulness and wisdom in our lives. These thoughts lead me back to where it all must begin, with our words and actions, our responses to the people … Continue reading

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Dharma in a nutshell

When we hear or read the Buddha’s teachings we might feel a spark of recognition and think, “Yes, that makes sense”. But what happens after that moment of understanding? Do we integrate and make use of our understanding? Is it … Continue reading

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Touch and story

This essay by guest Patrick Kearney is longer than our usual posts, but couldn’t reasonably be divided into parts, so please give yourself an extra few minutes and savor its full effect. On a cold and windy day I am … Continue reading

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Advice on mindfulness (3)

A Single Excellent Night Let not a person revive the past Or on the future build his hopes; For the past has been left behind And the future has not been reached. Instead with insight let him see Each presently … Continue reading

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