Category Archives: Compassion

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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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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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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Mettā sutta – part 3

In the previously posted section of the mettā sutta, the Buddha suggested what we should do if we wish to purify our hearts; in the next section he suggests what we should avoid doing: Let none deceive another, or despise … 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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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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