Category Archives: Causes and results

Empathy without anxiety

Our thinking mind loves to diagnose. … Certainly the intellect does have its place; it is truly useful to be able to figure out how things work but we can be over-prone to that. We can unwittingly take refuge in … Continue reading

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Compassion

Some people think that the origin of all religious feeling and all religious systems is the fact of suffering — the big ouch! Every human being experiences and witnesses suffering and feels an urgent desire to not experience or witness … Continue reading

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Attunement

We have been exploring mettā and the attitudes and actions that block it from being experienced and expressed. It is odd but true that when we stop clinging to a sense of being “right”, mettā is what remains. It manifests in moments of letting … Continue reading

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Responding vs reacting

Further to our conversation in the past few posts, here is a clarifying question and answer from Ajahn Amaro’s book, “I’m Right, You’re Wrong!”: Question: Going back to the story about the monk, if someone is harming others, when, how … Continue reading

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Forgive and give space

Such a rich story (see two previous posts) – it’s made me consider my actions from a new perspective. First thought is that we should have some compassion for Ajahn Sumedho. He was a young monk in a strange and … Continue reading

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Story part 2

[See previous post for part 1 – both taken verbatim from “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” by Ajahn Amaro] A few days later Ajahn Chah returned, and word reached him pretty quickly about this outrageous confrontation by the foreign monk. He … Continue reading

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Story part 1

[Note: Quoted verbatim – story from “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” by Ajahn Amaro] The more we believe in our opinions, the greater our investment in the rational mind. Indeed, the more logical our thoughts may be, the more tidy our … Continue reading

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