Category Archives: General

Say what?

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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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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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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Advice on mindfulness (2)

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 arisen state; Let him … Continue reading

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Advice on mindfulness

In the Middle-Length Discourses of the Buddha, MN 131 (the Bhaddekaratta Sutta) is called “A Single Excellent Night”, or in Sujato Bhikkhu’s translation, “One Fine Night” (https://suttacentral.net/mn131/en/sujato). This classic sutta is worth exploring for its pithy summary of how to … Continue reading

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