Category Archives: Karma

Denial, anger, resignation (greed, hatred, delusion)

The previous post was a little out of the ordinary because it addressed an issue that could be seen as political. Recently, I was lucky enough to have a pre-publication peek at an academic article by Ven. Analayo titled: “A … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and the climate crisis

Analayo Bhikkhu recently proposed a radical response to the climate crisis: we can choose to commit to mindfulness and compassion, both at the personal and the collective, public level. We can refuse to participate in the increasing polarization, fear, and … Continue reading

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What next?

Having thought about present and past, we naturally come to a consideration of how the future works in and on our minds. Broadly speaking, we are often leaning forward, planning our next move while doing what we’re doing with partial … Continue reading

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Memory and memorization

What is the role of memory? Our thoughts contain memories of events that happened and also things that we’ve chosen to learn and remember. In the first category, if we experienced an early trauma, we are not likely to forget … Continue reading

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Dharma time

Memory and an imagined future are the essential elements of the stories we believe about ourselves. We construct and re-construct a self by remembering and rearranging the past and by projecting ourselves into the future, trying out different scenarios. What … Continue reading

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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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