Category Archives: Dukkha

Mindfulness defined

Bhikkhus, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, for the attainment of the true way, for the realisation of Nibbana — namely, the … Continue reading

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Primordial mindfulness

In response to the previous post, a reader wrote: I’m starting to think: why must mindfulness begin with body awareness? Why not awareness of that potato you’re peeling, the view from your bus, the tv programme you’re watching, the wine … Continue reading

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Active mindfulness

Some activities are easier than others to perform while maintaining awareness within our bodies. During sitting or walking meditation and while doing simple tasks, we can usually set aside our planning and worrying. Whole-body awareness can in principle remain present … Continue reading

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Desire vs craving

Desire and craving may sound like synonyms, but in the Buddha’s teachings, they are distinct. Desire can be wholesome or unwholesome. We can want to do a good job, or to be of assistance to others, to practice meditation diligently, … Continue reading

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Letting go and opening up

Letting go of whatever we’re clinging to is a central activity of moving towards awakening or freedom. However, while we’re working on letting go, we may have a tendency to take a defensive posture towards our experience. Clinging/letting go is … Continue reading

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How close?

A friend recently described a history of keeping other people at arm’s length, then going through a period of letting everyone in, and finally working out that maintaining a small number of close friends, and being reserved with everyone else … Continue reading

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What next?

Having thought about present and past, we naturally come to a consideration of how the future works in and on our minds. Broadly speaking, we are often leaning forward, planning our next move while doing what we’re doing with partial … Continue reading

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