Category Archives: Dukkha

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

Posted in Causes and results, Compassion, Dukkha, General, Mindfulness, The 8-fold path | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Causes and results, Compassion, Dukkha, General, Harmlessness, Perfections, Sublime states | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Causes and results, Compassion, Dukkha, General, Mindfulness, The 8-fold path | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Causes and results, Dukkha, General, Mindfulness, The 8-fold path | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Causes and results, Compassion, Dukkha, General, Mindfulness, Precepts, The 8-fold path | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Causes and results, Dukkha, General, Mindfulness, The 8-fold path | Leave a comment

Not sure, part 2 of 2

… continuing from previous post quoting ‘Mai nae’ section in Stillness Flowing: Luang Por gave this practice the greatest importance: ‘Mae nae is the Buddha himself’, he would say, ‘It is the Dhamma.’ He taught the recollection of ‘mai nae’ … Continue reading

Posted in Dukkha, General | 1 Comment