Category Archives: Karma

Taking care with sexuality

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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Touch and story

This essay by guest Patrick Kearney is longer than our usual posts, but couldn’t reasonably be divided into parts, so please give yourself an extra few minutes and savor its full effect. On a cold and windy day I am … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 1

The Mettā sutta (from the Pali language) has been chanted for millenia, by many people, in many languages. In the next few posts, I’ll be looking at it in sections (in English) and reflecting on why it is so important … Continue reading

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Is kamma true?

Since I’m still overseas, here is another (partial) section of Ajahn Chah’s teachings from Ajahn Jayasaro’s book, Stillness Flowing. This section is simply called “Kamma” (p. 596): Much of Luang Por’s [Ajahn Chah’s] Dhamma teaching was devoted to instilling confidence … Continue reading

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Guardians of the world

Sometimes at Buddhist ceremonies, laypeople are given “protection cords”, bracelets made of thread that we are meant to wear until they fall off. If we ask what the cords are protecting us from, the answer most often given is “from … Continue reading

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What is merit?

In many cultures, an essential part of Buddhist practice is “making merit” by doing good works, serving the ordained sangha (monks and nuns), and giving money to worthy (not exclusively Buddhist) organizations. Overwhelmingly, making merit is seen as putting currency … Continue reading

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Facing the end

The last of the three “messengers”, and the three universal forms of dukkha, is death. While all of us know, at least intellectually, that no one lives forever, most of us are determinedly reluctant to allow this knowledge to be fully … Continue reading

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