Category Archives: Karma

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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Right Effort

Right Effort is largely an internal training. We can sometimes remove ourselves from unwholesome environments and choose more wholesome environments, but an unusual degree of self-knowledge is required for true Right Effort, specifically the effort to: prevent the arising of … Continue reading

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Right View

To follow the Noble Eightfold Path is a matter of practice rather than intellectual knowledge, but to apply the path correctly it has to be properly understood.  – Bhikkhu Bodhi Many folks today use the “picking and choosing” method of … Continue reading

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Acceptance as equanimity

Anguttara Nikaya 5.57 (a sutta from the Pali canon) is a regular theme in these pages. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of the complete sutta can be found on the main site (AN 5.57). We’ve been thinking about equanimity, so I re-visit … Continue reading

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