Category Archives: Mindfulness

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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Weather dukkha

It’s easy to notice how much extreme weather is affecting all parts of our planet recently. Humans have always been close observers of weather patterns, but something seems to be different now. Perhaps it’s that we have better measurement tools, … Continue reading

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Freedom

Freedom is one of those words that can be used in different contexts to have very different meanings. The type of freedom most often spoken of is freedom from constraints of various kinds, i.e., license. Yet each of us lives within … Continue reading

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Useful questions

We ask ourselves and others questions all the time. Can we sort out the useful questions, the ones that will lead to greater clarity, from the useless ones? I’m a long way from my 20’s, but I remember how confusing … Continue reading

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What is delusion?

We can experience greed and hatred clearly, but what about delusion? The third of the classic “unwholesome roots” usually remains hidden from us. Delusion can be considered ignorance or the opposite of wisdom. Delusion means not recognizing our greed and … Continue reading

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Not sure, part 1 of 2

Friends, I am on an overseas holiday for two weeks and in my absence have decided to treat you to a section from Stillness Flowing, a comprehensive review of the life and teachings of Ajahn Chah, by Ajahn Jayasaro. We’ll … 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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