Category Archives: Intoxicants

Dhammapada verses 335-336

Sorrow grows Like grass after rain For anyone overcome by this miserable craving And clinging to the world. Sorrow falls away Like drops of water from a lotus For anyone who overcomes this miserable craving And clinging to the world. … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 334

The craving of a person who lives negligentlySpreads like a creeping* vine.Such a person leaps ever onward,Like a monkey seeking fruit in the forest. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) *In a footnote Gil says that the Pali word here refers to … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 227 & 228

Ancient is this [saying], O Atula, It is not just of today: They find fault in one sitting silently, They find fault in one speaking much, They find fault in one speaking moderately. No one in this world is not … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 163

It’s easy to do what is not goodAnd things that harm oneself.It’s very difficult to doThings beneficial and good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Fact: Addictive behaviors are easy to surrender to – social media, food, drugs, alcohol, television, pornography. Not … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 64 & 65

A fool associating with a sage, Even if for a lifetime, Will no more perceive the Dharma Than a spoon will perceive the taste of soup. A discerning person who associates with a sage, Even if for a brief moment, … Continue reading

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Heedlessness

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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Working with desire

Once we’ve been alerted to the dangers of our compulsive or obsessive desire (the first of the five hindrances), how can we address it? The first step is to diagnose the problem: how does a specific desire drive us in … Continue reading

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The conundrum of desire

Sensual desire and ill-will, the two hindrances that top the list (of five) in the Pali canon, are evolutionarily useful, attracting us to desirable conditions and keeping us from harm, but they can also seriously obscure our vision. Both are … Continue reading

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Sobriety

Many years ago I had a conversation with a young couple who had just heard an introduction to Buddhist practice by Shinzen Young. Before long, one of them said, “But if we do this practice, it might change how we … Continue reading

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Systems and habits

Systems theory tells us that we as people and as groups of people (all systems, really) tend towards homeostasis. This means we like stability and resist change, but are open to some changes which we then make our own and … Continue reading

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