Category Archives: Intoxicants

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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Practicing for whom (2)?

Bhikkhus, there are these four kinds of persons found existing in the world. What four? (1) One who is practicing for his own welfare but not for the welfare of others; (2) one who is practicing for the welfare of … Continue reading

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Practicing for whom?

Bhikkhus, there are these four kinds of persons found existing in the world. What four? (1) One who is practicing for his own welfare but not for the welfare of others; (2) one who is practicing for the welfare of … Continue reading

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Intoxicants 2

I undertake the training rule to refrain from taking intoxicants causing heedlessness. The precept directing us to abstain from intoxicants, for our own good and the good of others, is straightforward. We can also expand the scope of the precept … Continue reading

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